Welcome to Divison 21!
Welcome to the Division 21 webpage!
Let me introduce myself...
A little bit about myself...
This is my 8th year teaching French Immersion at Keating, and my 21th year teaching in Saanich School District. All but one of those years have been spent teaching French Immersion Kindergarten.
I grew up in the Fraser Valley, and attended late Immersion in the Langley School District. I received my Bachelor of Education (with a concentration in French Language Instruction) from UVic, and later returned to complete my Master's Degree in Early Childhood Education.
I have two children in the Saanich School Distritct. My son, Billy, is in Grade 3 French Immersion here at Keating, and my daughter, Carlena, is in Grade 6 French Immersion at Bayside. You will probably see my son in my class some mornings with our neighbour friend who I also bring to school.
The following page is intended to keep you informed of the happenings in our Kindergarten class. Monthly newsletters will be posted, and other information will frequently be updated. I will send out emails advising parents to check this website whenever I have made an important update.
Mme Nayda Thomasson
How can I help at home?
A few things you can do to help at home...
Have your child practice zipping zippers, doing up buttons, opening their own lunch containers, and cleaning up after themselves.
Make sure your child is getting enough rest
Most children at this age need 12 hours of sleep each night. A common bedtime for Kindergarten children is 7:00pm. Children that appear hyper in the evening, are most likely overtired, as opposed to being not tired yet! One of my favourite parenting books is "Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child" by Dr. Marc Weissbluth.
Practice printing in whipped cream or pudding. Spread it on a cookie sheet or plate and practice printing letters and numbers! Yummy!
Playing with playdough is a great way for children to strengthen their hands and improve their fine motor skills.
As your child makes the letters, encourage him or her to say the names of the letters out loud.
Play Math Games
Play card games like "Go fish" to practice number recognition. Have your child count small groups of objects, ensuring they use one-to-one correspondence. (Counting each object once.)
Play Alphabet Games
Practice letter recognition by having your child identify letters they see around them in their environment or in books.
Read picture books to your child daily in English, encouraging them to point out letters they know, words they recognize and encourage predicting rhyming words.
Below are some fun recipes that you can try at home:
Show and Tell
Le Montre et Raconte (Show and Tell)
The following are the show and tell themes for each month. Your child is allowed to bring one item each week on their assigned day. (In other words, they have show and tell approximately 4 times each month.) If they are absent on their day, they may bring their item in the following day.
Please have the children bring the item (hidden) inside a bag. We will be asking questions to guess what it is as a way of practising our French oral language.
decembre: Family Photo
janvier: A favourite toy (***The only month they can bring a toy!!!)
février: Something I love (a small item, a photo of someone they love, a book they love, or something they love doing, etc.)
mars: Pets / Animals
avril: A joke (1st week), Spring or something from nature
mai: Something I made or a science experiment.
juin: Free choice (first two weeks of June only)
French Vocabulary and Songs