Welcome to Flanagan Pre-primary 2022
(Hello! How are you?)
Welcome back to school. Term 3 is well underway and there are plenty of exciting events planned.
Term 3 Important Dates
Monday 25th July (Week 2)– ‘100 Days of School’ celebration day.
Friday 19th August (Week 5) – Book week dress up day.
Friday 2nd September (Week 7) – Athletics Carnival
Friday 9th September (Week 8) – Pre-primary assembly and morning tea.
Tuesday 20th September (Week 10) – Open Night 5pm – 7pm
Friday 23rd September (Week 10) – Footy Colours Day (last day of term 3)
What to bring to school
A piece of fruit (that I like)
A healthy lunch (that I like)
A water bottle
Term 3 homework will follow the same format as last term. The kids will continue practicing their learned phonics skills at home if they are assessed as ready both academically and emotionally. This is critical as we do not want to discourage students from being confident to read by overwhelming them. Reading books will be changed on Tuesdays so please help your child to remember their homework bag (probably the tartan one with two zippers). After assessment of skills, your child will bring home either a list of letters or a list of decodable words once a week or both. In addition to the words list, children will have either a decodable reading book or continue with the comprehension reading books from term 1. Importantly, the decodable books have comprehension questions in the back that I encourage you to share with your child. Homework in PP should be short, regular, repeated and enjoyable. Instructions for parents will accompany the letters and word lists.
When reading with your child, you may like to follow these steps in supporting them:
1. Chat about the story, the words and the pictures. What do you think this story might be about? What do you think might happen next? What was your favourite part? What happened 1st 2nd etc.
2. Point to the letters as you say the sounds then blend them together. Re-read to make sense.
Things to remember:
1. Please continue to read your child a range of texts as this not only exposes them to various text types but you are an important role model for reading.
2. Talk with your child about which are words, pictures and letters. Children need to be taught the difference between these.
3. Most words can be read by sounding them out, however, some words will have an unfamiliar sound/letter correspondence that must be practiced eg the: 'th' will be a known sound but the 'e' is the tricky part and will become familiar with practice.
4. Celebrate their successes and encourage practice to make progress!
Home reading is a valuable opportunity for your child to practice reading skills learned at school. It is also a time for your child to build their confidence and fluency; for this reason, your child’s home reading book will be at a manageable reading level and will increase in difficulty as your child’s ability progresses. They may also bring home the same book on a number of occasions.
Following are two simple graphics that explain how to support your child with their reading.
HASS in semester two is geography and in term three we are focussing on our place in space. We will explore the globe as a representation of the Earth. We will also learn a little about maps and the location of familiar places, such as schools and parks, Kalgoorlie-Boulder, Australia and other familiar countries. We will investigate where we live, why we live here, what makes it special and how we can take care of it including traditional ways of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples. In your spare time (!) can you find your house on Google Earth?
More Important Stuff!
In Pre-primary at NKPS we teach handwriting with the SA Beginner GT font. An example of the alphabet in this font is below which may help you to support your budding writer.