Hello, my name is Skye Schmidt and I am the Classroom Teacher in Room 18 with my lovely Assistants, Mrs Toni Scharf and Mrs Catrina Russel. We are also lucky enough to have another wonderful teacher, Mrs Marina Pesticcio, in on Wednesdays. This upcoming year will be a very exciting and fun filled year. Students within Room 18 will be provided with a nurturing environment to allow them to grow and mature both socially and academically.
In the Pre-Primary block, Teachers collaborate together to deliver an Early Childhood program that encompasses both academic and play based learning.
In Literacy, we follow 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. In Term 1, Students will be focusing on identifying rhyming words, syllables. initial sounds and learning how to orally blend sounds together to read three letter words. This will be practised through our Daily Review PowerPoint and various manipulative activities.
‘Talk for Writing’ is another Literacy program we implement within our classroom. It is an engaging teaching framework that enables children to imitate stories orally and develops their enjoyment of reading. In Term 1, we will be focusing on fiction texts such as ‘A Mouse called Maisy’ and ‘The Little Red Hen’. Students will practice the story using story maps and actions for connectives such as first, next, after that etc.
As a part of our Numeracy program, we will be keeping track of the number of days we have been at school in anticipation of the 100th day. Later in the year, we will conduct activities on the ‘100 Days of School’ to celebrate the various mathematical concepts that can be taught using the number 100.
Room 18 staff look forward to beginning the year with our new students.