Tips for reading at home

For the first few weeks of school our goal is to help the students gain a love for reading. We will be learning how to pick a “just right book” throughout the year, although sometimes they may still come home with books that are too hard for them (especially towards the beginning when any book is ok at the moment).

How can you assist your child with reading at home

Always try to fit in reading!

Once is not enough

Encourage your child to re-read favorite books and poems. Re-reading helps kids read more quickly and accurately.

Dig deeper into the story

Ask your child questions about the story you’ve just read. Say something like, “Why do you think Clifford did that?”

Connect prior knowledge – Ask them what they already know about the subject before they open the book.

Make a prediction – Ask them what they think will happen next.

Connections – Ask them questions such as do you have any connections (Have you been to a park like that?)

Retelling – Have them retell important parts of the story

Characters – Have them describe or tell about the traits of characters in the story.

Be patient

When your child is trying to sound out an unfamiliar word, give him or her time to do so. Remind them to look closely at the first letter or letters of the word.

If they don’t know most the words
Read the pictures – have them describe in detail what is happening in the pictures and see if you can see any words that match (if there is a pizza in the picture look for that word)

We will start something called a picture walk soon which is where we go through the pictures and tell our own story.

Have them pick out words they do know such as simple sight words: a, the, at, home, etc.

Feel free to read the book along with them pointing to the words and maybe helping them sound out easy to read words.

If they know some words

Have the read the words they can and use strategies such as sounding it out, looking for word patterns, using the picture, etc. Whatever tools they are most comfortable with when coming upon a hard to read word. We will be going over new strategies throughout the year that will help them with this as well.

If they know all the words 

Encourage them to read the book once, and again to see if they notice anything different.

Pick books that are at the right level

Help your child pick books that are not too difficult. The aim is to give your child lots of successful reading experiences.

Play word games

Have your child sound out the word as you change it from mat to fat to sat; from sat to sag to sap; and from sap to sip.

I read to you, you read to me

Take turns reading aloud. Kids enjoy this special time with their parents.



Unit 1


How to help your child with math homework

We do not send home many math worksheets but ask parents to read the above documents which will help you find ways to integrate math authentically into your daily routine.

Ask questions to extend your child’s thinking. Here are some questions you might try. Notice that they require more of a response than just “yes” or “no.”

◆What do you need to find out?
◆ What are you going to do first?
◆ How you are solving this problem?
◆ How did you get this answer?
◆ Why does your answer make sense?
◆ Can you explain that in a different way?
  • Establish a quiet place to work (whether at home, in an afterschool program, or some other place) and a system for bringing homework back and forth to school.
  • Certain materials, such as Primary Number Cards and game directions, will be used again and again throughout the year. Because they will be sent home only once, please help your child find a safe place to store their math materials—maybe in a math folder, an envelope, or a shoe box—so that he or she can easily locate and use them when needed. If your child regularly does homework in more than one place, we can talk about how to obtain the necessary materials for each place.
  • Children often use real objects to solve math problems. Please provide a collection (20–30) of small objects such as beans, buttons, or pennies for students to use at home. These can be stored in plastic bags or small containers and kept with other math materials.

We love 1G!

We loved our first week of 1st Grade!!!

This week we learned all about our classmates, who we are, where we come from and what we like.

Below is our birthday wall!

We discussed what it means to be a unique individual, one of our SMEOs and completed a piece of artwork explaining why each of us is unique.

We wrote a story, read books, did some Maths review.

Here some of us are exploring Maths equipment.

We went to the library, the MacLab and had Japanese, Religion and PE class for the first time!

Keep up the hard work busy bees!


Welcome to 1G

This is my first year at Saint Maur and I am looking forward to teaching your children in my class.

A little about me…I was born in Virginia, but grew up in Germany. Having attended international schools all my life, I have come to realize that I feel at home in an international school community. Teaching came as a surprise to me as I was volunteering at a primary school in Tanzania during my summer vacation in Grade 11 for CAS hours as part of the IB program. I have a Bachelors in Primary Education from Canterbury Christ Church University and a Masters in Education (International Education) from Bath University. During my university studies, I was offered a placement at Yokohama International School. When I had the opportunity to take a placement at Yokohama International School, it was as though I had returned home despite the shock of being immersed in a culture that is alien, yet fascinating, in a country whose language I do not speak and cannot read. I am very excited to be back in Japan! Before my NQT year, I worked as a supply teacher at both the European School Culham and the Europa School Culham in England. After working in England, I decided to move back to Germany. I spent the last three years teaching Grade 3 at the European School Rhein Main in Frankfurt before moving here.

I enjoy travelling to different countries. Some of my hobbies include running, hiking, zumba, coloring, baking and watching movies.