Dolphins Class

Welcome to Term 1 2017.                             dolphin new

We hope you all had a relaxing break. Firstly we would like to welcome all the new children and their families to The Dolphin’s class. Hunter, Nilay, Shai–Lee, Ted, Toby, Zeke and Zoe all join 2B this year. Koko Murphy will also rejoin the class after a brief stint in Canberra.

Now for a basic overview of the functioning of the classroom. It would be great if all children could be at school by 8:20. At about 8:15 we open the door and children are welcome to enter the classroom. We usually do roll call at 8:30 and explain tasks for the day. Shortly after we have usually started on lessons with the Junior group. The children are encouraged to work through their “checklist”, the ultimate aim is that they are able to do this independently. For children that are not at this stage yet we will usually give them a choice of two activities. The children are allowed a 10 minute snack when they feel hungry. We encourage healthy food options at CMS. Some good options for morning snack are fruit, cheese and crackers, yoghurt, a boiled egg or a tin of tuna or salmon. Please see us if you are unsure of what is appropriate. Just a reminder that CMS is now completely nut and sesame free. We have several children that could have severe life threatening reactions to even small traces of food containing nuts; sesame is less critical.

                Play time is from 11:45 until 12:20. The children then re-enter the classroom for lunch. The children eat at a table with a placemat and are encouraged to clean up after themselves: folding the placemat, wiping the table and sweeping the floor. Then we usually do silent reading until 1:00pm. Children can read books from the classroom, home or library for this. After silent reading we start afternoon activities.

Outside the classroom is a term overview for your perusal. The main cultural focus this term is a study of history, in particular looking at the differences and similarities between their daily lives and life during their parents’ and grandparents’ childhoods including family traditions, leisure time and communications. We will also investigate peace in the classroom. The Montessori curriculum stresses the integrity of all of life and seeks to help students learn the skills to become people committed to working towards peace, understanding of non-violent ways of reducing and resolving conflict. The students will participate in activities designed to help develop self –awareness, community awareness, cultural awareness and environmental awareness.

Parental help in the classroom is always appreciated. We have some fabulous parents and grandparents help out with listening to the children read, gardening and cooking but always welcome more helpers. If anyone is interested in helping out in any way please let me know and I can organise a time and activity that suits you.

All children are encouraged to do regular reading for homework as well as helping out around the house by preparing meals, doing cleaning tasks and assisting in the day to day functioning of a household. Juniors will have sight word lists to work through at their own pace.

I arrive at about 8:00am each morning but am quite busy preparing for the day then. I am always happy to have a quick chat, but if there is any concerns that need to be discussed it is best to arrange a meeting for after school as I usually stay until around 4:00pm. There is also a communication book outside the classroom if you need to let us know of anything. Please don’t hesitate to see us if you have any questions regarding your child’s social, emotional or academic development. We wish everyone a safe, happy and productive term 1.

Just a reminder that there will be a parent meeting for the Dolphins class on Thursday the 2nd of February at 3:15. Please make arrangements for your school aged children to be minded by a friend or contact Chris Ham for details on CMS Kids Club. This meeting is a chance for you to find out more about what will be happening in the classroom this term and ask any questions relating to the functioning of the classroom.

Kind Regards dolphin 3 dolphin 3dolphin 3

Sue and Sarah


We are back! - Term 1, 2016

 

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Dear Parents & Children,

                         Welcome to Term 1 2016. We hope you all had a relaxing break. Firstly we would like to welcome all the new children and their families to The Dolphin’s class. Lily Marshall, Ruby Goodwin, Finn Sullivan, Oliver Hosking and Ethan Devonald all join 2B this year.

Now for a basic overview of the functioning of the classroom. It would be great if all children could be at school by 8:20. At about 8:15 we open the door and children are welcome to enter the classroom. We usually do roll call at this time and explain tasks for the day. By 8:30 we have usually started on lessons with the Junior group. The children are encouraged to work through their “checklist”, the ultimate aim is that they are able to do this independently. For children that are not at this stage yet we will usually give them a choice of two activities and own preferred activities. The children are allowed a snack when they feel hungry. We encourage healthy food options at CMS. Some good options for morning snack are fruit, cheese and crackers, yoghurt, a boiled egg or a tin of tuna or salmon. Please see us if you are unsure of what is appropriate.

                Play time is from 11:45 until 12:20. The children then re-enter the classroom for lunch. The children eat at a table with a placemat and are encouraged to clean up after themselves, folding the placemat, wiping the table and sweeping the floor. Then we usually do silent reading until 1:00pm. Children can read books from the classroom, home or library for this. After silent reading we start afternoon activities.

Outside the classroom is a term overview for your perusal. The main cultural/science focus this term is The Introduction of the five Great Cosmic Stories. These stories form the basis of cosmic education in the Montessori classroom. Maria Montessori designed five major stories and numerous minor ones to introduce the universe to children. These stories don’t give all the information that could be given. They give just enough to spark interest in the child and appeal to the child’s imagination. The term overview goes into more detail about what each of these stories encompasses. When presenting these stories we are also mindful of different beliefs and viewpoints. At CMS we celebrate cultural diversity and individual differences. These stories are delivered in a way that acknowledges other beliefs.

Parental help in the classroom is always appreciated. We have some fabulous parents help out with listening to the children read and swapping the readers but always welcome more helpers. If anyone is interested in gardening or cooking and would like to help out occasionally that would be great.

All children are encouraged to do regular reading for homework as well as spelling words or sight words. The juniors have ten sight words lists to work through at their own pace. When one list is known please return it to school so we can give out the next one. When all of the sight word lists are known the children will commence on spelling words. The middle and senior group have weekly spelling words and number facts/ times tables to learn. These words are given out on Monday and tested on Friday. Our expectations are that the children will practice these each night using a variety of different methods as outlined in the homework information letter. We also do activities to support the learning of these words in class. Could you please assist your child in remembering to bring their homework folder back to school each Friday. Please see us if you have any issues with homework as we don’t want this to cause undue stress at home.

I arrive at about 8:00am each morning but am quite busy preparing for the day then. I am always happy to have a quick chat, but if there is any concerns that need to be discussed it is best to arrange a meeting for after school as I usually stay until around 4:00pm. There is also a communication book outside the classroom if you need to let us know of anything. Please don’t hesitate to see us if you have any questions regarding your child’s social, emotional or academic development. We wish everyone a safe, happy and productive term 1.

Just a reminder that there will be a parent meeting for the Dolphins class on Tuesday the 9th of February at 3:15. Please make arrangements for your children to be minded by a friend or contact Chris Ham for details on Monte kids. This meeting is a chance for you to find out more about what will be happening in the classroom this term and ask any questions relating to the functioning of the classroom.

Kind Regards

Sue, Leah and Sarah


 

Dolphins Class Letter - Term 4

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Dear Parents,

                         Welcome to Term 4 2015. We hope you had a good break and are all set for the last term of the year. The highlight of this term is school camp. The children are very excited and counting down the sleeps until camp. Camp is great for the children’s independence, and speaking from past experience most children remember it as a highlight of the year.

Now for a basic overview of the functioning of the classroom. It would be great if all children could be at school by 8:15. At about 8:15 we open the door and children are welcome to enter the classroom. At this stage in the year we are encouraging children to start work independently. By 8:30 we have usually started on lessons with the Junior group. The children are encouraged to work through their “checklist” which is a list of work for each level that they are encouraged to complete in the three hour work cycle. The ultimate aim is that they are able to do this independently. The children are allowed a 10 minute snack break when they feel hungry. We expect healthy food options at CMS. Some good options for morning snack are fruit, yoghurt, cheese and crackers, a boiled egg or a tin of tuna or salmon. Packets of chips or biscuits are not suitable food for school. Please see us if you are unsure of what is appropriate.

                Play time is from 11:45 until 12:20. The children then re-enter the classroom for lunch. The children eat at a table with a placemat and are encouraged to clean up after themselves, folding the placemat, wiping the table and sweeping the floor. Then we usually do silent reading until 1:00pm. This gives the slower eaters a bit more time to eat something substantial. Children can read books from the classroom, home or library for this. After silent reading we start afternoon activities.

Outside the classroom is a term overview for your perusal. The main science focus this term is botany. Children have already looked at how to classify something as living or non-living and have investigated The 5 Kingdoms of living things. They will have the opportunity to participate in experiments relating to plants and will develop skills in procedural writing. We will also be doing a special focus on geometry and measurement in maths. The children enjoyed working with fractions so we will continue to implement activities relating to this. The children will participate in activities which further develop their knowledge of grammar and sentence analysis this term.

Parental help in the classroom is always appreciated. We have had some fabulous parents help out with listening to the children read and cooking and always welcome more helpers. If anyone is interested in helping out occasionally that would be great.

All children are encouraged to do regular reading for homework as well as spelling words or sight words. For the children new to reading, regular practise is vital. Aim to listen to your child read every day and you will quickly see progress. The juniors have ten sight word lists to work through at their own pace. When one list is known please return it to school so we can give out the next one. Some juniors, who have finished these sight word lists, will be commencing a spelling program called Words Their Way which we implemented with the middles and seniors last semester and is proving to be very effective. The middle and senior group has weekly spelling words and times tables to learn. These words are given out on Monday and tested on Friday. Our expectations are that the children will practice these each night using a different method as outlined last term. We also do activities to support the learning of these words in class. Could you please assist your child in remembering to bring their homework folder back to school each Friday. For the juniors please return your homework folder whenever your child needs new readers or sight word lists. Please see us if you have any issues with homework as we don’t want this to cause undue stress at home.

I arrive at about 8:00am each morning but am quite busy preparing for the day. I am always happy to have a quick chat, but if there are any concerns that need to be discussed it is best to arrange a meeting for after school as I usually stay until around 4:00pm. There is also a communication book outside the classroom if you need to let us know of anything but can see that the class has started for the day. We wish everyone a safe, happy and productive term 4.

Kind Regards

Sue, Leah and Sarah

                     

 


Dolphins Class Letter - Term 3           dolphin 2

Dear Parents,

Welcome to Term 3 2015. Firstly we would like to welcome two new children and their families to The Dolphin’s class. Lani Mosqueda-Power joins us from cycle 1 and Karlos Santana is new to our school. This term will be an exciting one for the children. In the last week of school the children will have their concert. We have decided on a combined effort this year with all three cycle 2 classes joining forces for our production of Snow Beauty and the Lord of the Star Wars. The children are looking forward to starting rehearsals and prop making. We have begun reading the script through together and assigned roles. On the subject of the play we are wondering if there are any parents that would be willing to help with prop making or sourcing any materials needed for our play. You will be working with other cycle two parents in this role. Please let us know if you can help out in any way, shape or form.

Now for a basic overview of the functioning of the classroom. It would be great if all children could be at school by 8:20 the latest. At about 8:15 we open the door and children are welcome to enter the classroom. We usually do roll call at this time and explain tasks for the day. By 8:30 we have usually started on lessons with the Junior group. The children are encouraged to work through their “checklist” which is a list of work for each level that they are expected to complete in the three hour work cycle. The ultimate aim is that they are able to do this independently. The children are allowed a 10 minute snack break when they feel hungry. We encourage healthy food options at CMS. Some good options for morning snack are fruit, yoghurt, cheese and crackers, a boiled egg or a tin of tuna or salmon. Packets of chips or biscuits are not suitable for school. Please see us if you would like to get some ideas of healthy snacks.

Play time is from 11:45 until 12:20. The children then re-enter the classroom for lunch. The children eat at a table with a placemat and are encouraged to clean up after themselves, folding the placemat, wiping the table and sweeping the floor. Then we usually do silent reading until 1:00pm. This gives the slower eaters a bit more time to eat something substantial. Children can read books from the classroom, home or library for this. After silent reading we start afternoon activities.

Outside the classroom is a term overview for your perusal. The main cultural focus this term is a geographical study of Australasia. As a special focus we will work on activities dealing with money and address fractions in maths. After a very informative staff professional development course in the recent holidays, we will deliver this exciting knowledge to the children. Students will participate in activities which further develop their understanding of grammar and sentence analysis this term.

Parental help in the classroom is always appreciated. Soon we will need parent helpers to work with small groups of children in creating props for the play. We have had some fabulous parents help out with listening to the children read and cooking but always welcome more helpers. If anyone is interested in helping out occasionally that would be great. We would like to acknowledge our helpers: Thank you!

All children are encouraged to do regular reading for homework as well as spelling words or sight words. For the children new to reading, regular practise is vital. Aim to listen to your child read every day and you will quickly see progress. The juniors have ten sight word lists to work through at their own pace. When one list is known please return it to school so we can give out the next one. Some juniors, who have finished these sight word lists, will be commencing a spelling program called Words Their Way which we implemented with the middles and seniors last term and is proving to be very effective. The middle and senior group have weekly spelling words and times tables to learn. These words are given out on Monday and tested on Friday. Our expectations are that the children will practice these each night using a different method as outlined last term. We will reinforce the concepts with activities, to support the learning of these words in class.

Could you please assist your child in remembering to bring their homework folder back to school each Friday. For the juniors please return your homework folder whenever your child needs new readers or sight word lists. Should there be any form of stress related to work done at home, please come and see us.

I arrive at about 8:00am each morning but am quite busy preparing for the day then. I am always happy to have a quick chat, but if there are any concerns that need to be discussed it is best to arrange a meeting for after school as I usually stay until around 4:00pm. There is also a communication book outside the classroom if you need to let us know of anything but can see that the class has started for the day. We wish everyone a safe, happy and productive term 3.

Kind Regards

Sue, Leah and Sarah

 


 28th April 2015

 

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Dear Parents,

We hope you have all had a good holiday and have settled back into school routine. Welcome to term 2. This term the children will be learning about the human body. Also, as the temperature has become more conducive to outdoor activities the children will have the opportunity to participate in gardening. There will soon be a term plan displayed outside the classroom which will give you an idea of what your child will be doing at school this term.

Now for a basic overview of the functioning of the classroom. It would be great if all children could be at school by 8:20. At about 8:20 we open the door and children are welcome to enter the classroom. We usually do roll call at this time and explain tasks for the day. By 8:30 we have usually started on lessons with the Junior group. The children are encouraged to work through their “checklist”; the ultimate aim is that they are able to do this independently. For children that are not at this stage yet we will usually give them a choice of two activities. The children are allowed a snack when they feel hungry. We encourage healthy food options at CMS. Some good options for morning snack are fruit, cheese and crackers, a boiled egg or a tin of tuna or salmon. Please see us if you are unsure of what is appropriate.

Play time is from 11:45 until 12:20. The children then re-enter the classroom for lunch. The children eat at a table with a placemat and are encouraged to clean up after themselves, folding the placemat, wiping the table and sweeping the floor. Then we usually do silent reading until 1:00pm to give children who take longer to eat the chance to have a substantial lunch. Children can read books from the classroom, home or library for this. After silent reading we start afternoon activities.

All children are encouraged to do regular reading for homework as well as spelling words or sight words. The juniors have ten sight word lists to work through at their own pace. When one list is known please return it to school so we can give out the next one. When all of the sight word lists are known the children will commence on spelling words. The middle and senior groups have weekly spelling words and number facts to learn. These words are given out on Monday and tested on Friday. A letter was given to your child regarding the change to middles and seniors spelling this term. We are trying a new method called Words Their Way. We also do activities to support the learning of these words and spelling patterns in class. Could you please assist your child in remembering to bring their homework folder back to school each Friday. Please see us if you have any issues with homework as we don’t want this to cause undue stress at home.

I arrive at about 8:00am each morning but am quite busy preparing for the day then. I am always happy to have a quick chat, but if there are any concerns that need to be discussed it is best to arrange a meeting for after school as I usually stay until around 4:00pm. There is also a communication book outside the classroom if you need to let us know of anything. We wish everyone a safe, happy and productive term 2.

Sue, Leah and Sarah


DOLPHIN CLASS 2015

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Dear Dolphin Parents,

Welcome to Term 1 2015. Firstly we would like to welcome all the new children and their families to The Dolphin’s class. Deri, Jacquie, Jayme, Lilah and Minna join us from cycle 1 and Coco, Luka, Mohammed, Poppy and Ryan are new to our school.

Now for a basic overview of the functioning of the classroom. It would be great if all children could be at school by 8:15. At about 8:15 we open the door and children are welcome to enter the classroom. We usually do roll call at this time and explain tasks for the day. By 8:30 we have usually started on lessons with the Junior group. The children are encouraged to work through their “checklist”; the ultimate aim is that they are able to do this independently. For children that are not at this stage yet we will usually give them a choice of two activities. The children are allowed a snack when they feel hungry. We encourage healthy food options at CMS. Some good options for morning snack are fruit, cheese and crackers, yoghurt, a boiled egg or a tin of tuna or salmon. Please see us if you are unsure of what is appropriate.

Play time is from 11:45 until 12:20. The children then re-enter the classroom for lunch. The children eat at a table with a placemat and are encouraged to clean up after themselves, folding the placemat, wiping the table and sweeping the floor. Then we usually do silent reading until 1:00pm. Children can read books from the classroom, home or library for this. After silent reading we start afternoon activities.

Outside the classroom is a term overview for your perusal. The main focus this term is Time. The children will be making personal timelines in the next few weeks and for this activity they will need a photo for each year of their life as well as one as a newborn. Photocopies are fine for this activity. It would be great if you could discuss their personal milestones or major events for each age as they will be writing about this. E.g. 'When you were one you went on our first holiday to the beach and you loved the sand, or, when you were four you learnt to ride your bike without training wheels.'

Parental help in the classroom is always appreciated. We have some fabulous parents help out with listening to the children read and swapping the readers but we always welcome more helpers. If anyone is interested in gardening or cooking and would like to help out occasionally that would be great.

All children are encouraged to do regular reading for homework as well as spelling words or sight words. The juniors have ten sight word lists to work through at their own pace. When one list is known please return it to school so we can give out the next one. When all of the sight word lists are known the children will commence on spelling words. The middle and senior group have weekly spelling words and times tables to learn. These words are given out on Monday and tested on Friday. Our expectations are that the children will practice these each night using the Look, Say, Cover, Write, Check method. We also do activities to support the learning of these words in class. Could you please assist your child in remembering to bring their homework folder back to school each Friday. Please see us if you have any issues with homework as we don’t want this to cause undue stress at home. I arrive at about 8:00am each morning but am quite busy preparing for the day then. I am always happy to have a quick chat, but if there are any concerns that need to be discussed it is best to arrange a meeting for after school as I usually stay until around 4:00pm. There is also a communication book outside the classroom if you need to let us know of anything. We wish everyone a safe, happy and productive term 1.

 Kind Regards                   dolphin  

Sue,
Leah and Sarah

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