A New School Year – Welcome!

It is the start of a fresh new school year! I hope you will check this site regularly for updates on important class events, information about field trips, and, beginning in March, access to background music for our music lessons. You can see our weekly spelling list if you click on SPELLING in the menu, and a quick link to math sites like XtraMath and Sumdog if you click on MATH LINKS in the menu. There is a link to Google Classroom in the menu as well. 

Our grade four class has 28 students this year. A list of their names can be found here.

Upcoming events this month:  Meet the Teacher and Open House Barbecue (Sept. 20), Professional Development Day (Sept. 22),  Terry Fox Run (Sept. 28), Orange Shirt Day (Sept. 29).  Check the school newsletter that is sent by Mr. Friesen for more details on these events.

GYM: Our days for gym will be Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays with Mr. Eberding. There will also be some Mondays and Tuesdays that I will be taking the students outside for extra gym times too, so students should be prepared for gym each day of the week. 

LIBRARY: To be determined.  

Track meet! June 6

All grade four and five students will be attending a track meet at Rotary Stadium on June 6. A permission form went home Tuesday, with a letter explaining the day for parents. Students are being asked this week about the events they prefer. 
Please ask your child for this letter.  We would like the permission forms to be returned to school by Friday, June 26. You can pay the $2.00 fee through Cash Online (or hand it in to the teacher if necessary).
         It will a fun day for all!

Be ready for the weather – we will be there, rain or shine!

Beginning recorder – information for parents and students

recorder 2Students in our class are beginning lessons on playing the recorder. We have worked hard to learn about reading music in standard notation, and now is our chance to play.  Below, you will find tips for students, information for parents, and a description of how music will be assessed this term. Have fun practicing!


If you make a mistake, practice that measure a few times by itself. When you can play that measure correctly three times in a row, try to play the entire piece again correctly.

If you get frustrated, put your recorder away for a few minutes and just sing and clap the rhythm. Try again later after you give yourself a break.

Always end your practice time with a song that you love to play. Give a little concert for your family so they can enjoy your music, too!

snip of fab five


You can try an ipad app for practicing notes  My Note Games.

For Parents:

How can I help my child practice at home?

Even if you don’t think of yourself as a musician, you can certainly still help your child succeed in learning to play the recorder. Here are a few things that will get your started:

1. Help your child find time to practice their recorder each weekend. Some families like their child to practice where family members can hear and encourage. Other families prefer that the child practices in a quiet room on their own.  To help, this website will often have background music for students to play along. The website will also have the sheet music, in case your child’s music book is accidentally left at school. Students are asked to play each day for 15 to 20 minutes.

2.  Ask your child to play their recorder for you. Let them give you a little mini-concert before bedtime. They may choose to play part of a song they are working on or something they make up on the spot through improvisation.

3. Look through this web page for practice tips that we learn in class, to remind them how to conquer a difficult challenge.

4. If your child is playing with a squeaky sound, suggest they try one of the 3 strategies from our “Try 3”  page (above).

5. Encourage your child to persevere and remind them of how they are improving every time they practice.  Whatever they decide to play, encourage them with some positive feedback and applause.

How does the teacher assess music this term?

I listen to students in small groups and one at a time to assess their playing and offer individualized feedback. I also offer constant feedback during recorder lessons during class as well.

When I am assessing student performance, I am looking and listening for the following things:

  •  left hand on top,
  • holes covered with flat fingerprints,
  • recorder angled downward,
  • a soft and light tone quality that doesn’t squeak or tremble,
  •  keeping a steady beat with little to no hesitation,
  • correct pitches and rhythms,
  • correct form and tempo (speed),
  • ability to play with the background music, and
  • ability to play one part when other students in class play a different part in harmony.

Students are also expected to :

  • pay attention in class,
  • show respect for others, even if they make mistakes,
  • have a positive attitude towards themselves as they learn,
  • practice on weekends, and
  • have their recorder and music book at school on the first day of the week.

Check back each week for the current songs we are working on!

recorder 3

Google Classroom!

Wondering why we haven’t been posting here lately? We have been using Google Classroom!  You can get to our Google Classroom using your Learn34 account and password. You can play some math games at home or catch up on assignments that you have missed. 

In the next three months, music to go along with our recorder lessons will be posted here, as well as extra copies of the sheet music.  Come back to see in April!