Teacher: Kathy Snodgrass

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

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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 4!

It’s so hard to believe we are now starting Term 4! I hope that you enjoyed the gorgeous weather we had this term break, and everyone is ready to go. We would love to welcome Jireh and Leo to and their families to Room Kauri. We hope you all enjoy your first term as big school kids. This term the Key Competency we will focus on is being Friendly and a team player - being kind and caring, respectful and cooperative. Our Cornerstone value is Kindness (Ngakau aroha) – ‘Willingness to help, show concern for and be friendly to others.’ This means being a friend.


It’s fantastic to see that all of our families are joined up to the Class Dojo. This means (if you check it regularly) you won’t miss out on anything that happens during the day in our class, or on anything up and coming at school.

For our topic this term, we will be looking at Planet Earth

and our solar system as well as following interests and urges

of our tamariki . Kaharoa School take part in the Great Shake Out in the first week of school, so this will help us to learn about what to do in an emergency and how earthquakes are created. We will also take part in the Healthy Schools challenge - I will send more info home about this soon. Essentially the children are all given a pedometer and encouraged to do as many steps as they can in a day. We will put them all together via the website and race other classes from New Zealand to the finish line. This term also brings our school athletics day - so we will begin learning some new skills to help us participate on the day. We will learn hurdles, javelin, shot put, sprints and long distance running just to name a few. It is a fun event focusing on participating and learning new skills.

We will have a lot of fun packed into quite a short term!

PLEASE REMEMBER THAT THE KAHAROA SCHOOL HAT IS THE ONLY PIECE OF COMPULSORY UNIFORM AT OUR SCHOOL. This will be worn during outside activities in term 4. Please see Mrs Vosse in the office if you need to purchase one.


Week 1 Lamb, kid and chicken day - Tues 16th

Week 2 Labour day Monday

Week 3 Scientist for a day

Friday assembly - Room one to share.

Week 5 ATHLETICS DAY Friday 9th November

Week 7 Flower day (more details to come)

Week 8 Dance Performance (more details to come)

Week 9 Learning stories / reporting to come home this week

Thursday 13th December School Picnic

Friday 14th December - school finishes at 12:20

Depending on the weather - we may also get the chance to swim in our school pool this term (We started in December last year, the pool was around 29 degrees!)

We will continue our learning through play journey this term, with tamariki having plenty of scope to explore their learning hands on - this may mean they get wet and/or dirty so a change of clothes in their school bag is a great idea. During the day, tamariki are taken in groups teaching writing, reading and maths concepts by myself or Whaea Mandy Du toit our wonderful teacher aid. Children will bring home a new reader every second day, and a poem on a Friday. They have access to the books they have previously read and are welcome to take a selection of these home with them.

Please feel free to pop in and chat if you have any questions or message me on the Dojo app or send an email to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) and I will attempt to return messages during break times or after school.

Nga mihi

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

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