Teacher: Kathy Snodgrass

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Class Blog: http://kaurikidsofkaharoa.blogspot.co.nz/

Term Letter

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Kaharoa Keas
Kaharoa Keas is our New Entrant Transition programme for children due to commence school. This session runs for ten sessions from 1.20 to 2.30pm on a Wednesday afternoon. Please email Kathy Snodgrass on .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) if you would like to attend these sessions.

During these sessions, run alongside the classroom programme in Room Kauri, children become familiar with the school environment, classroom routines and etiquette, as well as meet other children who will be in the same classroom as them.
While children are involved with the teacher, our Principal, Mr Moyle will discuss with parents various aspects as set out below. This is an opportunity for parents to be fully informed of the school’s expectations, current education philosophies and to ask questions.

Classroom Visits
Children also have two class visits prior to starting school from 8.50– 12.20am. The children will become involved in the morning class programme, please bring morning tea. You will be welcome to stay with your child, or leave them depending on your preference.

The 2018 Kaharoa School class stationery lists for 2018 are available http://www.myschool.co.nz online and in store.

Parents are able to order online (www.myschool.co.nz) with OfficeMax or pop into their store on Fenton Street as they have our school class lists available. Mention Kaharoa School at the store so our school can earn rewards for every order through OfficeMax. Order online and they deliver to your door.

Welcome to Term 2
Welcome back after term break! I hope you are all refreshed and ready to go. A special welcome to Charlotte and Oliver who started with us this term, after moving with their families to the area.

Twas a rough start with our junior school hit with a terrible bug - keep vigilant with the hand washing! If your child complains of feeling ill, please keep them home. If they are unwell, please keep them home for 48 hours after the last symptoms. This is the best way to keep it from spreading. Thank you smile

Please feel free to email me .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) anytime with any concerns or questions you may have at any time. I will endeavour to reply to you asap - which could be at break times, or after school. Keep an eye on the class dojo too as this is a great way of keeping informed of what happens in our school day.

Our school day will usually flow as I have set below - sometimes this will change with visiting artists and other things that pop up.
When the children are not working with me during guided reading, writing and mathematics time, they will be engaged in Learning through play.

This term I will be basing our topic work around urges and interests I noticed last term. This week will start with Rockets and flowing into space and planets. We will also look a magnets later in the term.
This terms “Key Competency” focus from the NZ curriculum is Communicator COMMUNICATOR Give and receive. A Kaharoa Learner can confidently and clearly communicate, interpret and respond to messages. Literate, numerate and an effective listener.

The Kaharoa School Cornerstone Value is Honesty and Truthfulness Willingness not to steal, cheat, lie or be unfair. It means telling the truth

On Monday mornings we are part of the Go for it programme with Steph who teaches us a variety of motorskills through games. We are also going to be training for our school cross country / fun run which takes place on June 19th in the afternoon.


Week 2 - Thursday 10th May - Junior school mothers day stall
Week 4 - Tuesday 22nd May - Book night at school


There will be other events that I will keep you informed of, or Mrs Vosse in the office will let you know via email.

Term 2 is usually a busy term and I am sure it will fly by!

I am looking forward to another wonderful year working with my most favourite age group!

Warm Regards

Kathy Snodgrass


Suggestions to Help Increase Understanding
Be Patient
· Give your child time to work out words (5 seconds or more is reasonable)
· After 10 seconds ENCOURAGE your child to use the following strategies when they come across an unknown word:

  • Make a regular time for reading every day
  • Turn off the T.V.
  • Let your child know that you ENJOY the time together
  • Make listening to reading a SPECIAL time
  • Be seen as a reader YOURSELF
  • Encourage your child to make use of the local and school library
  1. What do you think the word is?
  2. Read the sentence again and see if you can work it out
  3. Have a go
  4. Look at the picture
  5. What does it start with?
  6. After talking your child may be ready to read to you
  7. Do read first if your child wants you to
  8. Do take turns reading parts of the story with your child
  9. Try leaving out the last word occasionally
  10. Let your child join in with you. This gets easier with practice
  11. Praise your child’s efforts
  12. Talk about the book after reading it
  13. Do make reading fun!

Correcting Mistakes Your Child Makes
· If the mistake makes sense, as in a misreading of house for home, let your child continue to the end of the sentence. Then go back and ask, ”What word is this?”
· If the mistake does not make sense, lead your child to correct the mistake by allowing time to self correct
· Reread what your child has said and ask’ “Does it make sense?”
· Finally, if the meaning is still not clear, look at the word and find familiar sounds such as ’s’ at the beginning and ’ing’ at the end.

What to Read?
One way of getting your child to understand what they are reading or listening to is to get your child to ask questions.

  • ·Involve your child in the selection of a story or book. Ask your child what interests him/her. Use this information to help select material. We as adults seldom read something that we don’t want to so why force young children to read something they are not interested in. This is not to say that there is not a time and place for compulsory reading of books. Your must balance that yourself.
  • Don’t restrict your child’s reading material to only books. Provide a chance to read other types of reading material such as magazines, comics, poetry books, newspapers, maps, recipes, letters, picture books, computer adventure games etc.

When you are involved with reading with your child try the following:
Blends and Contractions
As conventions of print come up in your child’s reading, refer to them and ask your child about them.
Contractions - eg: don’t-do not can’t-can not etc
Consonant blends - eg: dr, cl, pr etc
Word endings - eg: s, ed, ing, er etc
Compound words - eg: today (to day), something, etc

  • Before reading takes place ask your child to think of one question to ask
  • Your child listens or reads (silently or out loud), thinking about their question
  • When reading is finished your child asks their question
  • You could also ask a question of your child
  • As your child’s questions become more complex you could gradually get them to ask more than one question.
  • This certainly helps with understanding what is read!

As your child progresses the following strategies can be used:

Pause: The First P
The first thing to do after a child makes a mistake is to refrain from doing anything, pause.

This means :
This allows time for your child to do his/her own thinking. Being able to problem solve is an important part of reading.

  • Don’t say anything
  • Don’t signal with your face
  • Don’t point
  • In fact, don’t do anything

Prompt: The Second P
If a word is not attempted, go looking for more clues.
- “Read on”
-”Try that again”
-”Go back to the beginning

If a word does not make sense, give a meaning prompt. Ask a question about the meaning

If the word makes sense but is incorrect, give a visual or sound prompt. Direct attention to what the word looks or sounds like

Praise: The Third P
Praise can and should be given for:
-Correct reading
-Self corrections
-Prompted self corrections
-Positive participation

Give time to work the word out.
If unable to work it out try some of the following:

  • Read on and see if you can work it out
  • Go back and read that sentence again
  • Think about if the word looks right
  • What would make sense?
  • Is there are word inside that word you do know? eg: handle- and -hand
  • Change the letter at the beginning to…. eg: wet imagine the w is a g. get-wet
  • What rhymes with…
  • Read around the corner
  • Look at the punctuation (take a breath for fullstops)
  • Make the reading sound like talking
  • Show me… useful when a word is said wrong eg: a for the
  • Look at the picture- eg: what is the expression on his face?
  • Sound it out
  • Is that a real word?
  • It could be but …. Does the word start like that?.....end like that?
  • Look at the whole word
  • Think about what is happening in the story

Learning Resources

Junior learning sites