Dragon Update – Week of September 11-15
Learning is everywhere! There have been so many sights to see in the hallways, out on the field and in the classrooms of St. Dominic’s. Students engaged in great numeracy inquiries, older students buddying up with younger students to read and groups of peers learning new technology in our Learning Commons. St. Dominic’s is a busy place of learning and fun and we plan to keep it that way all year long!
Snapshots from our JK/SK students!
Our inquisitive JK/SK students are learning how to make patterns and recognize patterns. They are also completing an inquiry on Monarch butterflies! All this in only the first couple of weeks! Way to go Dragons!
Quotes of the Week!
Take a look at what is being said around the halls of St. Dominic’s!
- Parent – “Wow, what a beautiful entrance to the school!”
- Parent – “I am so happy that the JK/SK yard has been extended. There is so much more room!”
- Grade 7 student – “I am not sure I understand multiples and factors very well. Can you help me?”
- Grade 1 student – “I think that the puppy wants to make friends with the other animals. I hope they don’t leave him out” (while reading a book).
- Grade 2 student – “Come look at my work. I tried my best. Do you like it?”
- Grade 4 student – “My tummy hurts. I think if I sit in the peace garden it will get better.”
- Staff member – “This week went by so quick! My class is so lovely!”
- Mon. Sept 18 – Bus Patroller Training @ Budd Park (am)
- Tues. Sept 19 – School Council @ 6:15pm
- Wed. Sept 20 – Grade 2/3 Trip to Safety Village
- Thurs. Sept 21 – Lifetouch Photo Day in gym
- Fri. Sept 22 – PA Day
Message from our Grade 1 students:
Grade 1 students from Mrs. Coelho’s class are remembering to “Be the Reason someone smiles today!”
Numeracy – Problem Solving, What & Why?
One of the main reasons for studying mathematics is to develop the ability to solve problems. Problem
solving is the process of applying what we already know to new and unfamiliar situations. This ability is
not only critical to our children’s future needs, but also to a productive society and even human progress
itself. In these early years, children develop attitudes and beliefs as to their ability to learn mathematics.
By learning mathematics through problem solving, children can make sense of why they need to know
their basic facts.
How Can Parents Help?
- Be enthusiastic. Let your child see how excited you are about solving a problem.
- Provide time and talk about problem solving. Be patient with your child. Let them work at
- their own pace. Talk, talk, talk! Talk about options, strategies and ideas for problem solving.
- Reinforce risk taking. Children need a great deal of security to risk being wrong. When they
- begin to realize that they can learn from their mistakes, they will try harder to complete the
- Reward perseverance. Instant success is not always possible in learning mathematics.
- Encourage children to keep trying by asking them questions that will lead them in the right
- Use children’s experiences. As often as possible, base problems on children’s everyday
- experiences at school and at home.
- The best way for your children to become good problem solvers is for them to solve problems, lots of
- problems! Also, it benefits children to think about how they solved the problem afterwards. In this way
- they may use their strategy to solve similar problems in the future. There are no best ways of
- solving a problem.
Here are some strategies to try with your child:
- act it out
- use objects or model
- make a drawing
- make a graph or chart
- make a list
- guess and check
- sort and order items
- look for a pattern
- look for all possibilities
- solve a simpler problem
- choose an operation
- think logically, use what you know