Mrs Kennette's Classroom
Educational Assistant: Cindi Ruthven
Educational Assistant: April Werstein
Lunch Aide: Charlene Lamb
Welcome Back Parents and Students to our 2020-2021 School Year!
My name is Mrs. Kennette and I am the Class 4 teacher this year. I am so very excited to be joining the John McGivney Team! I have loved teaching for over 15 years now and would choose nothing else. Teaching kids is such an honour and has always brought so much joy to my life. We are very fortunate this year to have 2 full time EA's joining us in class four, Ms. Cindi Ruthven and Ms. April Werstein. I know these ladies are a going to do an amazing job of supporting all our learning adventures this year. Please do not hesitate to contact us should you have any questions or concerns about school. We are all in this together! Looking forward to working with all of you.
Mrs. Kennette, Ms. Cindi & Ms. April
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If you require help, contact Mrs. K!
About our Program
Our program consists of many opportunities for students to explore math and literacy in whole class, small group and independent learning settings. During whole-class learning, students engage with their classmates, participate in group discussions and practice turn-taking. In our classroom, we use whole group learning circles to read stories and teach or reinforce new skills and concepts.
Small group learning is ideal for teaching specific skills to a few students focusing on individualized differentiated instruction. Individual learning gives each child opportunities to work on activities based on their individual learning plans. Technology and play-based learning are often used in independent learning as a motivational tool. We love to explore in our class through the use of robotics.
Another huge part of our program is core communication. Core language is modelled for the students consistently throughout the day using both a communication board and NuVoice. Students are also encouraged to use core communication in their daily interactions through oral language, core communication boards, Minspeak devices and Step by Steps.
|9:00-9:40||Morning Circle Activities||Morning Circle
|Morning Circle Activities||Morning Circle Activities||Morning Circle Activities|
|9:40:-10:15||Physical Education||Physical Education||Physical Education||Physical Education||Physical Education|
|10:15 - 10:40||Guided Reading/ Robotics||Guided Reading/ Robotics||Guided Reading/ Robotics||Guided Reading/ Robotics||Guided Reading/ Robotics|
|10:40-11:30||The Arts with Mrs. T||The Arts with Mrs. T||The Arts with Mrs. T||The Arts with Mrs. T||The Arts with Mrs. T|
|12:30-1:15||Independent/ Small Group Literacy||Independent/ Small Group Literacy||Independent/ Small Group Literacy||Independent/ Small Group Literacy||Independent/ Small Group Literacy|
|1:15-1:45||Goal Bins||Goal Bins||Goal Bins||Goal Bins||Goal Bins|
|1:45-2:30||Independent/ Small Group Math Work||Independent/ Small Group Math Work||Independent/ Small Group Math Work||Independent/ Small Group Math Work||Independent/ Small Group Math Work|
What We Are Learning:
Hello Parents/Guardians of Class 4,
We have now settled into our classroom routines which have involved a lot of handwashing, wearing visors and masks, and lots and lots of cleaning. Students onsite have adjusted well and are happy to be back with their school friends in Class 4. We do however, miss our online friends and send them BIG virtual hugs as we acknowledge their efforts in working hard as part of our class too.
During the month of November, we are looking at continuing to recognize the uppercase and lowercase letters/sounds for E,F,G, and H. We are also working on answering the 5W questions of Who, What, When, Where, and Why in guided reading and shared reading times.
In math this month, we will be focusing on representing and comparing numbers 1-15, identifying units of time, collecting and representing data in a graph and labelling the parts of a graph. Students loved making numbers in coloured sand! We also loved using acorns to count from our squirrel friends in the yard.
Students have also enjoyed using our Bee Bot to track down triangles, squares, rectangles and circles using left, right, front and back algorithms. We also used Ollie and drove him through a pile of leaves outside on the Ipads! So much fun! Way to go class!
Core words this month focused on see, go and where. We explored a Boardmaker activity called 'Where Did You Go?" The boy in the story discovered his family had set up a surprise picnic for him! We also continue to practice reading daily for 20min and using the Lexia Core 5 program and activities to increase our reading, vocabulary and communication skills.
We have included the following supplemental activities to help ensure your child's learning is comprehensive and are utlized through the week in a variety of ways:
- sensory activities
- fine motor activities
- outdoor education
- virtual storytime
- AAC communication activities
- switch activities
- virtual classroom library
- virtual troubleshooting and help centre
Our JMCCSA Tech Squad has created a Parent Portal to help keep us all up to date on the current news and weekly flyers. Don't forget to take a peek! Remember to check your Google Classroom daily!
Please take lots of photos and videos of your child throughout the online learning process. It provides a sense of connection to their peers in class as well.
Photos and videos will be included within your child's digital portfolio and to keep you in tune with your child's learning environment at school. We hope you enjoy them and take a minute to see how well they are doing. We are so proud of you class 4! If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact your Class Four Team!
The Fantastic Four