Day 33

We will use the next few days to see how well you understand each of the things that we have learnt over the past few weeks. In today’s Maths practice test there are opportunities to write number names, add (plus), double, work out bonds, and count backwards. In the Phonics practice test there are beginning sounds and jumbled words. There is a new story to read, and then for writing, you will match sentences to the correct pictures. We will learn about the different bones in our body in Life Skills and end with Afrikaans, where you can show off how well you know the words that you learnt about the kitchen. Let’s get started!

The thing about tests… Please read the note below.

This week includes a few practice tests. The work in the tests is based on the work that we have been doing from Day 1 of the lessons on this site. I do not recommend the tests for any child who has not been thoroughly prepared to do the work. Rather go back to previous lessons if your child has only recently started with Term 2’s work. The search function can also assist if you would like to go back to specific topics.

The tests should be done as informally as possible and with as little pressure as possible. The only reason why work should ever be assessed is so that we can have an indication of where more help is needed, or where a concept is not yet fully developed. So, don’t give the answers or help beyond the instructions, but do give lots of encouragement to your child. If they get stuck, encourage them to think back to how we did this previously. The tests are available with memo’s here if you would like to print them. If you do not have access to a printer, just recreate them by hand. The memo’s give a clear indication of how marks have been assigned and what a teacher would be looking for.

Maths – Practice test 1:

Phonics: Learn the -ot words. Sound them out, build them with your sound cards and when you’re ready, ask Mom or Dad to test how well you know them.

Phonics – Practice test:

Reading – words: Revise the words. Focus on the newer ones. Put the ones that you don’t yet know in a separate pile and learn them some more. Remember that you need to be able to say the words immediately when you see them.

Reading: We have a brand new story today! Sound out the words that you don’t know. If you get stuck on some of the words in the lists above, practice them some more. Try to read more fluently every day. Also try to read with expression. Remember that your voice needs to sound as though you are asking a question when there is a question mark, and more excited when there is an exclamation mark.

Writing – Practice test:

Life Skills: Read about all the bones in your body and say what you think. This page was taken from the Department of Basic Education’s Life Skills book for Terms 1 and 2. 

Afrikaans First Additional Language – Vocabulary: Today is a chance to see how well you remember the words that we learnt about the kitchen. Point to the things that you hear in the video.

You did an amazing job! Just look at how clever you are!

Now go and relax and have fun!

Lisa

Day 23

It’s a new day and we’ve got lots of clever things to do. We’ll start by counting, then write number names, work on bonds of 6, calculate plus sums, explore a story sum, practice handwriting, unjumble words, and write sentences. There is also a speaking activity if you’re learning Afrikaans as an additional language. Ready, set, here we go!

If you’re new here, the resources used for counting in multiples, sounds learnt (to be cut into sound cards to build words), phonics lists and reading sight words (to be cut out in order to flash the words) can be downloaded here. There are also some practice assessments available on the page.

A note to parents: Allow your child to copy down by him-/herself as much as possible. Besides keeping them busy for longer, this allows them the opportunity to learn to copy correctly – a skill that they would ordinarily spend a lot of time perfecting in the classroom. Also, many of the tasks are a bit challenging. Instead of giving the answers, give clues or guide your child through the steps to discover the answer themselves. They will surprise you with just how clever they are!

Counting and number names:

Bonds of 6 and addition:

If you need help getting started with addition, watch this video:

Story sum:

Handwriting: Because handwriting is assessed it is very important that special attention be given to the formation of letters. Make sure that letters start in the correct place, try to touch the bottom line and do not lift your hand whilst you write.

Phonics – word list: Learn the -id words. Build them with your sound cards and ask Mom or Dad to test you when you’re ready.

Phonics – Jumbled words:

Reading: Learn all the words that have been ticked. Ask mom or dad to flash them to you. Try to say them as fast as you can and get them all right. We’ll add some new words tomorrow.

Read the sentences one last time and then answer the questions that follow:

You don’t need to write down the questions or your answers – just say them out loud. All the answers can be found in the story, so if you get stuck, just read the story again.

Write a sentence:

Afrikaans First Additional Language: This is the last day that we will learn these words, so turn the sound off and try your best to say the sentences and words all by yourself.

The book I used for the Afrikaans vocabulary is the following:

That was wonderful! Well done for giving your best.

Now go have fun!

Lisa

Day 20

We’ve got lots of fun things to do today! We’ll start by counting backwards, write number names, investigate the bonds of 6, sequence numbers, calculate a story sum, practice our handwriting, learn new words, write the ending sounds of words, read, and write sentences in the correct sequence. There is also a speaking activity if you’re learning Afrikaans as an additional language.

If you’re new here, the resources used for counting in multiples, sounds learnt (to be cut into sound cards to build words), phonics lists and reading sight words (to be cut out in order to flash the words) can be downloaded here. There are also some practice assessments available on the page.

A note to parents: Allow your child to copy down by him-/herself as much as possible. Besides keeping them busy for longer, this allows them the opportunity to learn to copy correctly – a skill that they would ordinarily spend a lot of time perfecting in the classroom. Also, many of the tasks are a bit challenging. Instead of giving the answers, give clues or guide your child through the steps to discover the answer themselves. They will surprise you with just how clever they are!

Count backwards and write number names:

Story sum: Try to think which type of sum you need to write with the given numbers. Write the sum, draw your circles, and write the answer, but remember to include the word cookies in your answer.

Bonds of 6:

Sequence numbers:

Handwriting: Because handwriting is assessed it is very important that special attention be given to the formation of letters. Make sure that letters start in the correct place, try to touch the bottom line and do not lift your hand whilst you write.

Phonics – New words: Build these words with your sound cards and ask your mom or dad to test how well you know them.

Phonics – Ending sounds:

Reading: Read all the words that have been ticked. Ask mom or dad to flash them to you. Try to say them quickly and get them all right.

Reading – Sentences: Sound out new words and try to read more fluently each day.

Writing – Sequencing:

Afrikaans First Additional Language – Vocabulary: Repeat after me and try to say the words and sentences by yourself as much as possible.

The book I used for the Afrikaans vocabulary is the following:

Well done! You did so well today!

Now go do something fun!

Lisa