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    Term 3, Week 3

    July 25th, 2010

    Are you remembering to send reading books home each week?  A lot of teachers complain that books get damaged or they are not returned.  This is something we have to change if we are going to establish a culture of reading in the home!  Teach your class to care for books.  Ensure each child has a supermarket carrier bag or something similar to keep their book dry.  BUT PLEASE SEND THE BOOKS HOME!!!  Children will become confident readers more quickly if they read regularly for ten minutes or so to parents/carers at home.

    Level 1

    In the classroom this week: Each week, focus on learning some of the Level 1, List 2 Key Words for this term.  Also, complete the personal dictionaries started last week.

    In the computer lab this week:

    Talking Story – Level 1 Intermediate, “My house”.

    Level 2

    In the classroom this week: Continue to work on this term’s key words.

    In the computer lab this week:

    Talking Story – Level 2 Intermediate, “I can’t eat what you eat”.

    Level 3

    In the classroom this week: Continue to work on this term’s key words.

    In the computer lab this week: 

    Talking Story – Level 3 Intermediate, “A noise at night”


    Technology at the FIFA World Cup (World Cup 2010 resources #11)

    June 30th, 2010

       Did you see that much-spoken-about second goal of the England/Germany game?

    Calls to use technology for big decisions in football are coming thick and fast at the FIFA World Cup…  Engage your children in this debate using the child-friendly online news lesson at BREAKING NEWS ENGLISH.

    You will find a whole series of activities that will get your senior phase class buzzing with discussions, multiple-choice questions, grammar exercises, homework and lots more.  This is an excellent website with up-to-date lesson plans on items that are in the news.


    Football World Cup 2010 Resources #4

    May 26th, 2010

     How many of these African countries are taking part in the World Cup?

    How many African countries can you name?

    Test your knowledge with this wordsearch!
    African Countries Wordsearch


    What’s the most important success factor in education?

    March 25th, 2010

    Research shows that parental interest in their child’s education is the single most powerful predictor of achievement at age 16.
    Tony Richardson, Executive Director, Strategy and Communications, Becta

    Tomorrow the South African school holidays will start.  How can you encourage parents to play a more active role in the lives of their children over the coming weeks? 

    Here are ten ideas to get you started:

    1. Go to the beach or dam or climb a mountain or go for a long walk in a beautiful place.  This won’t cost much, it’s healthy and it gives time for meandering conversations.  You will learn what’s on your child’s mind and have unpressured time to share thoughts and ideas.
    2. Visit your local library together, each take out a book and read it!  It’s important for children to see their parents reading as this provides a model for them to follow.
    3. Switch the TV off for one evening.  Let your child choose how to spend the time together.
    4. Play a board game or a card game together. 
    5. Draw or paint a picture at the same time as your child is drawing or painting.  Sit at a table together.  This is surprisingly relaxing and fun!
    6. Cook or bake together or plant some seeds together.
    7. Go to the local park and kick a ball around or play on the swings!  Buy an ice cream.
    8. Use your cell phone to have a text conversation with your child.  You may be surprised at how different this is from a normal conversation.  Children  and teenagers often use text messaging confidently and express themselves better using this medium.
    9. If you have bicycles, don’t leave them rusting away… Go for a bike ride together.
    10. Have a treasure hunt.  Hide a small item and then write lots of little clues that will have your child scurrying from one place to the next before finally finding the treasure.

    What else can parents do this holiday?  Add your own ideas.  Print these suggestions and send them home with your end-of-term letter or school reports.


    Term 1, Week 5

    February 5th, 2010

    Level 1

    In the classroom this week you will continue teaching the alphabet, doing one letter each day.  Start on Monday with the letter ‘k’.  By Friday you will have got up to the letter ‘o’.  Click HERE.

    Send worksheets home to encourage parents to help with teaching each alphabet sound! Click on the days of the week to find a selection of pages for each alphabet sound:
    Monday   Tuesday   Wednesday   Thursday   Friday

    In the computer lab this week:

      Talking Story – Level 1 Beginner, “Sweets.”

    Level 2

    In the classroom this week: Revise Capital letters.  Here are some super alphabet dominoes that make easy work of capital letters:
    Dominoes 1
    Dominoes 2
    Dominoes 3

    Also revise the last set of Level 1 key words.  It’s very important that children cut these up and learn to read each one individually.
    Level 1, List 3 

    Homework: Continue revising the alphabet.  Here are some worksheets for the letters k, l, m, n, o:
    Monday   Tuesday   Wednesday   Thursday   Friday

    In the computer lab this week:

       Talking Story – Level 2 Core, “Mom gets cross.”

    Level 3

    In the classroom this week you will be revising more key words that your children should be able to read by now. 
    Level 2, List 1 

    Homework this week is to learn to read this week’s list of key words that you have revised in class.  Use these key words for a spelling test on Friday. 

    In the computer lab this week: 
       Talking Story – Level 3 Beginner, “Can I play with you?”


    Term 1, Week 4

    January 31st, 2010

    Level 1

    In the classroom this week you will continue teaching the alphabet, doing one letter each day.  Start on Monday with the letter ‘f’.  By Friday you will have got up to the letter ‘j’.  Click HERE or on the “Alphabet” tab at the top of the page, to find pictures that will help you teach each letter sound.  You will also find a link to the amazing animated pencil, which is brilliant for teaching letter formation.

    Send worksheets home to encourage parents to help with teaching each alphabet sound! Click on the days of the week to find a selection of pages for each alphabet sound:
    Monday   Tuesday   Wednesday   Thursday   Friday

    In the computer lab this week:
      
    Revise logging on and introduce the first Talking Story – Level 1 Core, “1, 2, 3″.

    Level 2

    In the classroom this week: Read the story “Nomsa and Zanele are twins” to your class.  Talk about twins – do you have any in your school?  Do twins always look alike?  What are twins? If you have an interactive whiteboard you can click on this link for a cool story about twins:
    Kim and Ken at the Zoo

    This week you also need to revise the second list of level 1 key words.  Devise fun games to make sure that children can read these words!
    Level 1, List 2 

    Did you enjoy last week’s wordsearch homework sheets?  Here are some more, for the letters f, g, h, i, j:
    Monday   Tuesday   Wednesday   Thursday   Friday

    In the computer lab this week:
      
    Introduce the first Talking Story – Level 2 Core, “Nomsa and Zanele are twins”.  Allow the children as much independence as possible.

    Level 3

    In the classroom this week you will be revising more key words that your children should be able to read by now. 
    Level 1, List 3 

    Last week your children read the Talking Story, “The Pink Umbrella.”  This week in class, ask them to write their own story about the journey of a pink umbrella.  Encourage them to think of their own imaginative places that the pink umbrella could travel to!

    Homework this week is to learn to read this week’s list of key words that you have revised in class.  Use these key words for a spelling test on Friday. 

    In the computer lab this week:
       Children will again open and read the Level 3 core story called, “The Pink Umbrella.”  This week they should be able to complete all of the activities.


    Term 1, Week 3

    January 24th, 2010

    By now your children will have settled down and your baseline assessments should be completed.  I hope you feel as excited as I do at the prospect of young children learning to read!  You have new Talking Stories resources to help you, and if you use them well you WILL significantly raise the levels of reading in your class.  This is going to be your best year ever in teaching!

    Let’s get cracking with this week’s work:

    Level 1

    In the classroom this week you will begin teaching the alphabet, doing one letter each day.  Start on Monday with the letter ‘a’.  By Friday you will have got up to the letter ‘e’.  Click HERE or on the “Alphabet” tab at the top of the page, to find pictures that will help you teach each letter sound.  You will also find a link to the amazing animated pencil, which is brilliant for teaching letter formation.

    Send worksheets home to encourage parents to help with teaching each alphabet sound! Click on the days of the week to find a selection of pages for each alphabet sound:
    Monday   Tuesday   Wednesday   Thursday   Friday

    In the computer lab this week you need to teach your children how to log on and double-click on the Talking Stories icon in order to open the programme.  Take your time to teach this well.  Encourage the children to help each other.  This will save you a lot of time in every lesson in future.

    Level 2

    In the classroom this week you need to assess each child to see whether they recognise all of the alphabet sounds.  It is impossible to make progress in reading without this crucial building block.  Don’t make the assumption that children will know their alphabet by the time they get to Grade 2.  If you need to reteach the alphabet, then use the resources for Level 1 above.

    Alphabet Assessment Sheet - This should be done one-to-one with each child.  Ask a loving parent or volunteer to help with this in class.  Tick each letter that the child knows.  Children should be able to recognise the letter sound (‘a’ as in pan), and not necessarily the letter name (‘a’ as in pane).

    Homework:  Send home Key Words Level 1, List 1 .  If your children were using Talking Stories last year, then this will be revision. You could also send home a simple wordsearch each day.  Click on the days of the week below for wordsearches that focus on words beginning with the first five letters of the alphabet.
    Monday   Tuesday   Wednesday   Thursday   Friday

    In the computer lab this week you should revise logging on with your new class.  Run through the computer lab rules that you established last week, and show the children how to open the Talking Stories.  Let them explore one or two of the Level 1 stories, just for fun.  Let the children choose – you want them to learn how to find their way around the programme, using the menu.

    Level 3

    In the classroom this week you will be revising key words that your children should be able to read by now. 
    Level 1, List 1 
    Level 1, List 2 

    If there are any children in your class who are still struggling to recognise alphabet sounds, then take time to work with them as a group.  Put in place some support so you don’t lose these children!  We want everyone to love reading and to make progress in literacy.  Use the resources for Levels 1 and 2 above to assist these learners.

    Homework this week is to learn to read all the key words that you have revised in class.  You could even use these key words for a spelling test on Friday!  Send the key word sheets home so that learners can cut out the individual words and learn to read them.  HINT: If they don’t cut out the words and muddle them up, then often they simply learn to recite what’s on the sheet, without actually reading each word.  So make sure your kids cut the sheets into individual words!

    In the computer lab this week

       Children will open and read the Level 3 core story called, “The Pink Umbrella.”  Let them enjoy following the Talking Story at their own pace and completing one or two of the activities.  We will continue with this story next week.