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Students in Division 3 will be bringing home their recorder today. Each weekend, it is homework to practice the recorder each day (Friday, Saturday, Sunday) for 15 minutes. Students are instructed to find an appropriate place to practice, and to ask their parent for advice on the best spot. When we start many new songs, students should spend most of their time practising the most recent songs learned in class. Students need to  bring the recorder back to school at the start of each week.

Below, you will find the background music to use while playing at home. Students were instructed to bring home their Art and Music duo-tang with the sheet music, as the on-line copy might not be  very clear.

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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!

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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!



Ice Skating in January!

skating-dogWe will be going ice skating in January, 2017! There are three Fridays to skate – Jan. 6th, 13th and 20th.  Each class has a scheduled time. Division 3 will be skating in the afternoons at MSA Arena, across Emerson Street from Centennial Pool. We leave the school at 12 noon, and should be putting on our skates at 12:15  Can you come to help with tying skates? It would be very appreciated! Parents can also join students on the ice skating; bring your own skates, or rent from MSA.   

We require students to wear helmets, and mittens or gloves are strongly suggested.  It is best to wear long socks that are not too thin, especially for those who are renting skates.

Students must complete a field trip-form (skating-2017 attached). As this is a higher risk activity, there are many places which require a parent initial; it also must be signed by a witness.

Parents should go to schoolcashonline.com to pay. Please complete the second form to indicate size of skates if you are renting.

Music for our Christmas songs

We are learning A Porcupine in a Pine Tree. Here is the music to accompany the song: CLICK HERE. Click here for the lyrics:porcupine in a pine tree lyrics

We are also learning Sleigh Ride. Click on the arrow to play.

We will be performing on Dec. 15, at 1:15 pm and 6:15 pm. Hope you can make it!

Students should arrive at 6 pm – please do not arrive early. Thank you!

Games to practice multiplication

Fruit Shoot and other games


Learning multiplication facts is important. We use multiplication every day, and knowing facts makes your life easier.

You can practice on your computer, with flashcards from a dollar store, with a game on paper, and with apps on devices like ipads, ipods and iphones. Here are some suggestions:

Free apps for multiplication :         Math Kid  

My Math Flashcards    Math Academy      Math Drills Lite

Math Champions     ArithmeTick       Multiplication Genius      Times Table Quiz

Computer sites and games:





Games to print out and card games:

Four in a Row         Doubles and Halves   

 Double Double Double game to multiply

Move 1                 Tic tac toe multiply       Multiples of Three    Stack Em Up for 8

Games to Play with a Deck of Cards      Multiplication_Squares_Game