Prep 1 Newsletter

SJI International Elementary, Singapore, 20th March 2015

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Language Arts in Focus: The Magic 100!

By this point in the term, all of the Prep 1 classes are actively involved in learning their Magic 100 words. The Magic 100 scheme caters for all children individually. Magic 100 provides sets of words on coloured word - mats for your child to be working on at home and in class. We will regularly work with each child individually and when they can instantly recognise all the words on their mat your child will receive a coloured certificate for that set, and be given the next colour set of words.

We respect that every child develops at their own pace in the Early Years which means this programme is by all means not a race to progress quickly through the scheme. Furthermore, a child who is particularly adept at sight recognition may have goals in other areas, for example attending to meaning. Similarly a child with strong comprehension skills may still be struggling with some sight work recognition.

Please enjoy and we are sure you will join us in encouraging success for your child through the programme. As always, if you have any questions or need any help, please do not hesitate to talk to your classroom teacher!

Here are some fun activities to support your child's home learning:

Sight word activities

  • Memory games.
  • Make a sentence with the sight word in it.
  • Cut out the sight words and place them in alphabetical order.

Magnetic letter activities

  • Make sight words.
  • Make word families e.g. cat, mat, hat. Change to set, jet, let etc
  • Create simple sentences or lists e.g. let’s make a list of what we’re having for dinner tonight.
  • Rainbow writing; choose 5 different coloured pencils and write the word 5 times using a different colour each time.

Mini whiteboard and marker activities

  • Writing words in books, or from around the house.
  • Writing sight words that have been created with magnetic letters.

Create your own book/story

  • Staple some paper together to look like a book.
  • Draw pictures to create a story about a topic of interest.
  • After all of the pictures have been drawn, work together to put words/sentences to match the pictures.

A Magical Tip: It may be helpful to focus on only 2 or 3 sight words at a time and when these can be instantly recalled move on to another 2 or 3 words. Happy Reading!

IPC Unit: 'Clothes'

Our IPC unit on 'Clothes' has kicked off with a hugely successful start. The Prep 1 children have been working on various activities, including fabric printing, clothes designing, and mask making. A huge element of this unit of study is linked to patterns. Global textiles are rich in vibrant and interesting patterns. Please take advantage of our amazing multi-cultural host city we live in by pointing out and discussing with your children the variety of textiles that can be seen in Singapore on any given day.

The teaching team would like to send out a 'thank you' to all of the parents who sent in a white or light coloured pillow case for our costume making project. We plan to transform these simple items into unique and individual 'clothing' that the children will wear in a parade at the end of our unit. Watch this space for more details to come!

What's on next week?

Virtue: Peacefulness

Magic 100 Tricky Word: /it/

Sound of the Week- /Hh/

Other Dates for your Diary

Friday, March 27th - The last day of school before the Easter holiday.

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