Mrs Saad's Classroom
Our Fab 4 Class!
Educational Assistant: Mrs. Cindi
My name is Ms. Saad and I will be the Class 4 teacher this year. I am very honoured to have the opportunity to work with our wonderful students and their families as we venture through an exciting school year! I am super excited about joining the John McGivney Team as teaching students has always been a passion for me. The greatest reward of teaching comes not from the impact we have on the lives of others but from how they will impact us; everyday as we teach our students they too, are teaching us. I look forward to new inspirations, learning adventures and discoveries together as we make our way through a very fun year! Joining me is our amazing Educational Assistant, Mrs. Cindi Ruthven who brings over 30 years of experience and an extremely kind heart. We are very lucky to have her with us and are looking forward to working with all of you. We are always here for support so please do not hesitate to reach out if you need anything at all. Together we will continue to make great things possible!
Ms. Saad and Mrs. Cindi
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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.
|9:00-9:30||Occupational Therapy Goals||Occupational Therapy Goals||Occupational Therapy Goals||Occupational Therapy Goals||Occupational Therapy Goals|
|9:30-10:00||Morning Circle Activities||Morning Circle Activities||Morning Circle Activities||Morning Circle Activities||Morning Circle Activities|
|10:00 - 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. M||The Arts with Mrs. M||The Arts with Mrs. M||The Arts with Mrs. M||The Arts with Mrs. M|
|12:30-1:10||Independent/ Small Group Literacy||Independent/ Small Group Literacy||Independent/ Small Group Literacy||Independent/ Small Group Literacy||Independent/ Small Group Literacy|
|1:10-1:30||Independent/Small Group Social Sciences/Technology||Independent/Small Group Social Sciences/Technology||Independent/Small Group Social Sciences/Technology||Independent/Small Group Social Sciences/Technology||Independent/Small Group Social Sciences/Technology|
|1:30-2:30||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|
|2:30-3:00||Physical Education/Goal Bins||Physical Education/Goal Bins||Physical Education/Goal Bins||Physical Education/Goal Bins||Physical Education/Goal Bins|
Hello Parents/Guardians of Class 4,
We have settled wonderfully into some new classroom routines which have involved plenty of safety practices and protocols in lieu of Covid-19. Everyone has adjusted well with new activities that we can easily transition into an online model should that be necessary at any point throughout this year. Students 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.
Throughout the month of June students soared through letter recognition, identifying beginning sounds, uppercase/lowercase differentiation and building words for FIVE letters: H, I, K, M and U!! Check out these superstars in Class 4!!
Students excelled in word recognition with their amazing knack for recalling words from various literary texts, phonics activities and our letter based songs by their all time favourites- Jack Hartmann and Storybots! Identifying begnning sounds through Boom Card activities and Smart Board interactive games was no match for these kiddos! We had so much fun using a variety of tactiles and manipulatives to trace over letters and make some beautiful sensory based letter crafts! We shared many laughs playing our "Find The Letter" game while our kiddos raced against the clock and never missed an opportunity! Way to go Class 4 you guys rocked it!!!!
Core words throughout the month of June were a quick recap of “Want”, “Not”, "Like" and "See". Students have continued to increase their sentence building with regards to advocating personal wants and needs through activity choices. We started using key rings with NuVoice icons to give samples of choices throughout the day. Students are now independently putting together sentences such as, "I like to play song number ___", "I like to read a story about ____", "I want to go ____" and "I do not see a ___ I see a ___". Keep shining Class 4, you are on your way!
Science focus in literacy this month centered around push and pull forces, a quick re-cap of town vs country and the 5 senses. Students had alot of fun experimenting with push and pull forces through tug of war gym activities, games centered around identifying push and pull forces on the Smart Board and experiencing each force with our magnetic kits! Kiddos really enjoyed our Town vs Country activities from stories and songs, to robotics-based sorting activities and having some fun with different sound boards. Students amazed us with putting so many sentences together about "In the town I see a ____ and in the country I see a ____" really showcasing their appreciation for the differences between the two! Finally, we had too much fun experimenting with different textures, sights, smells and sounds as we explored our 5 senses. Turns out we know all 5 of our senses very well and created some amazing crafts with some of our favourite items to taste and see!
Our virtual field trip to create a school time capsule was a huge success! Kiddos were SO excited about snapping some memorable photos with their rainbow masks, decorating their superhero face shields and putting together all kinds of memorabilia regarding the multitudes of challenges that were overcome this past year. We made a fun video while our friends cheered us on as we buried our time capsule and look quite forward to sharing some post-covid laughs when we retrieve it.
We are truly taken aback by the continued determination and perseverance from each of our students this past month. Way to go Class 4!!!!
Mrs. Cindi and I would like to say we are very honoured for the opportunity to have worked alongside each of our students as they persevered through many challenges this year. It has been an absolute pleasure getting to know each and every one of you as you blossomed and grew in so many areas. You continue to inspire us with your passion for learning and determination to stop at nothing when it comes to reaching your goals. It’s hard to believe the end of our school year is already here! With that said, we enjoyed sharing some very special memories together and have great hopes for what your future has in store.
HAVE A WONDERFUL AND WELL DESERVED SUMMER EVERYONE!!!!
- Ms. Saad and Mrs. Cindi :)