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Home-School Connections: ideas to enhance student learning at home, January 2019

January 7, 2019—Each month, school newsletters include a one-page insert called Home-School Connections. It describes ways in which families can enhance student learning at home in the areas of literacy; numeracy; healthy, caring schools and improving student learning.

This month’s Home-School Connections (Pdf) features:

  • Support the learning at home… magnetic letters open up a world of learning possibilities!
    • Have your child make the names of their family and friends. Make the name, switch it up, make it again!
    • Make a word, then have your child make a word that begins with one of the letters. The words can go across or down.
    • Make words with magnets. Have your child add different endings to the words (s, ed, ing, er).
    • Make a simple three or four-letter word. Ask your child to change the vowel to make a new word (for example, hit, hat; pack, puck).
    • Choose a category such as colours, clothing or food. Make and read the words in each category. Write the words in a list. If it is a grocery list, take your child shopping!
  • Following directions is part of everyday life. Regular household routines such as setting the table, laundry and baking, as well as things like setting up an obstacle course, retelling events and playing games such as Simon Says will expose your child to the language of directions.
    • 1-step/2-step directions are directions that have a small amount of information.
      • “Get your lunch. Put it in your backpack.”
    • Sequential directions are directions that need to be followed in order.
      • “First we need to make a list. Then we need to go to the grocery store. Finally let’s shop!’”
    • Spatial directions use location words such as ‘between’, ‘next to’, ‘left or right.’
      • “Pick up the shoes on the left.”
    • Conditional directions allow children to decide what actions to do based on the given conditions.
      • “If it is cold outside, wear your jacket.” “‘If it is raining, take an umbrella.”

For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 62354, kdonnell@hpedsb.on.ca

Last updated: January 7, 2019 at 3:45 pm