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1 Bienvenue à … É cole Forest Trail Welcome to … Forest Trail Public School AGENDA Welcome & Introductions About our School An Overview of Grade 1 Learning Parking Lot format Q & A

2 Welcome to Grade 1 A Guide for Families Terri Blackwell Should be "semester" vs "term" in both

3 Grade 1 and Our School


5 Every student can learn to read. Every Kindergarten to Grade 3 student will receive intensive guided instruction in reading. Students who do not demonstrate movement towards their grade level target, will be assessed and supported by a second tier of support. Source: HDSB Multi-Year Plan 2012-2016

6 What are the foundations of Grade 1 Language Learning? What are the foundations of Grade 1 Language Learning? ❖ Oral language ❖ Concepts of Print ❖ Phonemic Awareness ❖ Understanding letter/sound relationships ❖ Vocabulary ❖ Word & language structure ❖ Thinking Skills The Ontario Curriculum Grades 1-8 Language

7 Reading Levels for Children in Kindergarten through Grade 3 Reading Levels for Children in Kindergarten through Grade 3 September June Emergent

8 Where they start in Grade 1 VIDEO


10 Language is taught across the curriculum Grade 1 teachers address phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary & comprehension in reading. Some students need more time on these areas.

11 Build strong, positive attitudes about math. When children feel positively engaged and successful, they are more likely to stick with an activity or a problem to find a solution. Students’ attitudes have a significant effect on how they approach problem solving and how well they succeed in mathematics. Begin with activities that meet your child’s level of mathematical understanding. Early success in solving problems will build your child’s confidence. Ask them If you and your child are more comfortable in a language other than English, use it. Your child will understand concepts better in the language that he or she knows best. Partnering in Your Child’s Learning - Mathematics

12 Your child will explore how mathematicians determine the height, length and width of objects, as well as determine the area that objects cover, the amount that objects hold (capacity) and the space that objects take up (volume). Your child will understand how numbers work and how they relate to each other. Your child will learn how to collect, organize and interpret information. Your child will recognize and identify patterns to make predictions based on their observations. Your child will become familiar with shapes and spatial relationships in their environment leading to an understanding of the principles of geometry. The Mathematics Program - Curriculum Strands Source: Doing Mathematics with Your Child

13 The ability to estimate the number in a group of objects is related to later success in mathematics.Help your child(ren) develop their skills at approximating group sizes by emphasizing numerals while interacting with them.

14 Partnering in Your Child’s Learning

15 Grade 1 Core French Currently in 24 elementary schools Primary Core French programs focus on Listening and Speaking Skills The program follows an interactive approach and includes Art, Drama, Music and/or Dance

16 Grade One Core French - Teachers will use Drama, Dance, Visual Arts and Music to deliver French expectations from The Ontario Curriculum French as a Second Language, Core French Grades 1-8 - Students learn to understand and use basic vocabulary and structures associated with familiar topics

17 English Program Day usually begins with 100 minutes Literacy and/or 60 minutes Math In same room for core subjects All subjects taught in English Core French begins in grade 1 or grade 4 French Immersion Program 150 minutes in English or French Switch half way through the day 150 minutes in the other language (i.e., English or French) Teacher at end of day coordinates take home material for both English and French Subjects taught in French - French Literacy, Science Subjects taught in English - English Literacy, Mathematics

18 Report Cards: Grades 1 - 8 ●Responsibility ●Organization ●Independent Work ●Collaboration ●Initiative ●Self-Regulation ●Language ●French/Native Language ●Mathematics ●Science and Technology ●Social Studies, History/Geography (gr. 7 & 8) ●Health and Physical Education ●The Arts: Drama, Dance, Music, Visual Arts Learning Skills and Work Habits Subject Areas Source: Growing Success: Assessment, Evaluation and Reporting in Ontario Schools (2010)

19 Some students receive more time on reading instruction in class provided by the classroom teacher. Some students receive a 16 week Reading Intervention Program to bring them up to expected reading level - 5 Some students may need support beyond this level. Every Student Can Learn to Read

20 Leveled Literacy Intervention (LLI) ❖ May be needed for students who are reading at Level 2 and should be at level 6 or higher ❖ Short term intervention with the goal of accelerating reading growth to allow students to “catch up” with their peers ❖ Focus is on developing early literacy skills including: decoding, comprehension, reading strategies, fluency, writing, phonics and confidence

21 Early French Immersion Grade 1 Registration forms should be submitted to your home school by Friday, February 6, 2015.

22 Factors to consider: What is your child’s learning style? Do all family members support the program? Does the child want to be there? How does your child deal with transition? Have you spoken with your child’s Sk teacher?

23 Learning a second language can: - “strengthen first language skills in areas of reading, vocabulary, grammar and communication skills” if the child has a strong foundation in their first language. - We provide three options for learning a second language: - - Core French - - French Immersion - - Extended French (Late Immersion) Source:

24 Studying in French or English can be a lot of fun Conversations with the kindergarten classroom teacher and consideration of your child’s learning strengths and needs are important factors to consider.

25 How Can Parents Help? Exchange programs French summer camps Websites (TFO,French language toolbox) Books from the library(ie: Tumblebooks) Subscriptions to French magazines at home Canadian Parents for French(

26 How Can Parents Help? Support at home Encourage children to support each other Continue English and or first language reinforcement Purchase storybooks with cassette French games, software, websites Travel

27 A day in the life of… What does it look like, sound like, feel like in a Grade 1 French Immersion Classroom? In a Grade 1 French classroom? In a Grade 1 English classroom?




31 Video Clip In a French classroom

32 EFT School Council School Council Facebook at Forest Trail Public School – School Council Council Chairs: Tanya Montieth, Chris Marineau

33 For up to date information about our school @HDSBEFT

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