Spr Wk. 2 Day & Night, Dark & Light

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Spr.2.Wk.2-3. Day & Night, Dark & Light

Dear Family,

During the next two weeks your child will participate in classroom activities centred on the theme Day & Night, Dark & Light, designed to extend his or her knowledge of Earth and the sun to include the moon, stars and their orbits. The differences between day and night will be explored and will lead to building vocabulary for the abstract concept of opposites.

During the first week, your child will learn about the sun and the fact that all life on Earth depends on solar energy. Your child will read about and we hope, observe the moon as it changes from full to crescent to half to full again. To understand how day and night occur, your child may play the role of Earth as it orbits around the sun. He or she will observe and write about sun-warmed objects, classify daytime and night-time routines and create masks to dramatise an African myth about the sun and the moon.

The second week will focus on categorising and organising objects and events by comparing and identifying their similarities and differences. Classroom activities will allow your child to explore examples of opposites by weighing heavy and light objects, building large and small structures and listening for opposites in familiar stories.

As always, your child will hear engaging stories that reinforce each day’s learning focus. These include an African folktale called Why the Sun and the Moon Live in the Sky and The Sun: Our Nearest Star, as well as What’s Opposite?, which will help your child, through examples, understand the concept of opposites.

Since the beginning of school we have been teaching the letter sounds and how the children can blend them to read and write simple words and sentences. Recently, we began the next phase of this introduction to reading called KinderRoots, which includes Shared Stories that we use for a week or two in class and then give to the children to take home to keep. Shared Stories include small, more complex text for adults as well as easier words in large text for the children to read, as they are able. The stories are likely to prompt discussion between you and your child as you read and enjoy them at home together. As you will see, the stories gradually become longer and more complex as the year progresses.


Day & Night, Dark & Light

In addition to reading to and with your child daily, please ask about his or her school activities. Did you know that there are many verses to “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star”? You have probably heard the first verse, which is printed below. Ask your child to say it with you and teach you the other verses.

Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star

Twinkle, twinkle, little star,

How I wonder what you are!

Up above the world so high,

Like a diamond in the sky.

Twinkle, twinkle little star,

How I wonder what you are!


Home Link Activities
Day 1: Go outside tonight to find the moon and some stars. Draw the night sky.
Day 2: What animals or birds would you see at night time Can you write them down

using your sounds?

Day 3: While you’re outside tonight, remember to say “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star”


Work on your child’s Show Me More Maths Home Link Page.

Day 4: Go outside to see the moon and draw what it looks like tonight.
Day 5: Work on your child’s Maths Home Link How Many? page.

Go outside to see the moon and draw what it looks like tonight.

Day 6: Find some opposites around your house; for example, the light is on and the

light is off. See if you can find as many as 10 examples of opposites.

Day 7: Work on the Making 13 Maths Home Link page.

Day 8: Go outside tonight to see how the moon has changed.
Day 9: Tell somebody at home all about the long story we are reading at school “The

owl that is afraid of the dark”. Can you remember his name and the things

he gets up to?
Day 10: Can you draw your favourite night time animal, don’t forget the moon and

stars. What shape will your moon be?

Enjoy your night-time visits outside, finding and naming opposites and reading together.


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