Hello, my name is Skye Schmidt and I am the teacher in Room 18 with my lovely assistant, Mrs Toni Scharf. We have had a fantastic year so far. We have built many strong relationships and have enjoyed watching your child grow.
In Pre-Primary, Teachers collaborate together to deliver an Early Childhood program that encompasses academic and play based learning.
In Literacy, we have been following the ‘Letters and Sounds’ program. It is a program that was designed to prepare children for learning to read by developing their phonic knowledge and skills. Within the classroom, we have been learning letters sounds and how to blend them together to read three letter words. We have been practising and applying our new letter sound knowledge through Dandelion readers and manipulative activities.
We have enjoyed our ‘Talk for Writing’ program. Talk for Writing is an engaging teaching framework that enables children to imitate stories orally and develops their enjoyment of reading. This Term, we have focused on the fiction text ‘Wombat Stew’ by Marcia K. Vaughan. We have practiced the story using our story map and actions for connectives such as first, next, after that etc.
In Numeracy, we have been focusing on different types of measurement. Within our classroom, we measured how tall each child was with streamers and ordered them from shortest to tallest. When measuring length, we made direct comparisons with playdough and toy animals and we used unifix blocks and counters to measure how long an object was.
100 Days of School is a day to celebrate the various mathematical concepts that can be taught using the number 100. From the very first day of school, we began keeping track of the number of days we have been at school in anticipation of the 100th day. On the 7th of August, each child brought in a collection of 100 items from home to share with the class. They also made 100 day biscuits and made a 100-day mask.