Monday, November 12, 2018

November 12-16

Thank you for also always signing your child's progress reports and checking their Blue Communication folder as well as their Monday Folder. The weekly newsletter, homework packet, special handouts, grades, and the take home books are always sent home in their Monday folder.  Thank you for initialing their behavior calendar and for always helping your child each night with their homework and reading. Please continue to read the books I send home each week.

Remember, the directions for homework is located on the behavior calendar. The packets usually consist of two reading phonics decodable passages, two math sheets, and a list of word family words with a menu of fun spelling activities. The ¨spelling words¨ are words the children should be able to stretch and sound out using their phonics skills. I do not want children to simply memorize the words, but to use these words to help improve their reading fluency. At home, I urge you to think of rhyming words. For example: If you can spell hug, you can spell plug and bug and dug. If you need more resources, Youtube has a huge amount of resources and videos for phonics. Click here for an example! Please always remember to monitor them as they use youtube or any account online.

The reading sheets in the packets are based on phonics skills as well. Students need to write the answers in complete sentences to the comprehension questions. At home, please practice the sight words and math facts your child may still need help mastering. Students will be assessed on their sight word and math fact fluency on the report card. Also take advantage and use the ABC Mouse, Freckle, Reflex Math, and Zearn account logins I sent out earlier in the year. Please also use the free websites located on Ms. KingÅ› media webpage.

I see so much growth and progress already and it is only Day 52 of first grade! Please never hesitate to reach out to me if something is not sent home or you have a question or concern.

Below are a few reminders for upcoming events:

November 16th - Career Day

November 19th - Turkey in Disguise Project is Due

November 21st - 23rd - Thanksgiving Break

November 29th - Family Literacy Night

What are we learning:

Sight Words - Each day in first grade, we complete our sight word drills to try and become fluent sight word readers! Some students have already mastered the list of words for quarter two.. way to go!!! ideas to use at home to master sight words

Phonics - Students are learning about consonant digraphs: sh, ch, wh, ph, and th. Words like: ship, wish, chip, lunch, that, with, etc.

Math - Students are learning about different types of math story problems and how to solve them.

Writing - Students are learning how to generate ideas and then make a plan in order to put a small moment story down on paper. They are LOVING telling their stories and becoming authors and illustrators! I am so proud of their hard work. They are doing a great job staying on one topic and not allowing their stories to become unorganized. I give my students three sheets of paper and then they sketch the beginning of their story, the middle of the story, and the ending. After they sketch and tell me the different parts, they begin writing. Inventive spelling is very appropriate for students this age. However, sight words need to be spelled correctly in their writing. I encourage my students to use their word walls to help them write sight words.

Reading Comprehension- Students are learning about story elements: characters, setting, problem, and solution.

Saturday, October 6, 2018

October 8-12

Hello first grade families! Thank you all for setting up your parent teacher conferences. I have met with all families except for three, which is GREAT!!! If we have not met, feel free to email or text me your availability. I would love to have a conference at school, but I understand schedules are busy. We can have a phone conference, if you prefer.

Thank you for also always signing your child's progress reports and checking their Blue Communication folder as well as their Monday Folder. The weekly newsletter, homework packet, and take home book is always sent home in their Monday folder.  Thank you for initialing their behavior calendar and for always helping your child each night with their homework and reading. Please continue to read the books I send home each week.

Remember, the directions for homework is located on the behavior calendar. The packets usually consist of two reading phonics decodable passages, two math sheets, and a list of word family words with a menu of fun spelling activities. The ¨spelling words¨ are words the children should be able to stretch and sound out using their phonics skills. I do not want children to simply memorize the words, but to use these words to help improve their reading fluency. At home, I urge you to think of rhyming words. For example: If you can spell hug, you can spell plug and bug and dug. If you need more resources, Youtube has a huge amount of resources and videos for phonics. Click here for an example! Please always remember to monitor them as they use youtube or any account online.

The reading sheets in the packets are based on phonics skills as well. Students need to write the answers in complete sentences to the comprehension questions. At home, please practice the sight words and math facts your child may still need help mastering. Students will be assessed on their sight word and math fact fluency on the report card. Also take advantage and use the ABC Mouse, Freckle, and Zearn account logins I sent out earlier in the year. Please also use the free websites located on Ms. KingÅ› media webpage.

I see so much growth and progress already and it is only Day 28 of first grade! Please never hesitate to reach out to me if something is not sent home or you have a question or concern.

Below are a few reminders for upcoming events:

October 9th - We will have our first field trip to the Richland County Library. We are going to the Main Location Downtown. Click the link!   I would love to have chaperones come along, so if your schedule allows, I would love to see you! Remember to sign in at the front office and get your yellow visitor badge. We will leave at 9:30 and return around noon. Students will eat lunch when we get back to school.

October 8th - 11th Book Fair Week! In first grade, we are independent and go to the Book Fair by ourselves. If you send in money with your first grader, please put it in an envelope or a zip lock bag. It would also be helpful if you wrote down the amount you sent, along with an idea of what you would like your child to buy. Scholastic has many cool ¨toys¨ but I always try to urge the children to purchase books that they will enjoy to read.

October 11th - Family Literacy Night *Please return the RSVP portion of the flyer I sent home last week if you would like to attend our fun family literacy night. Pizza will be served and our book fair will be open.

October 16th & 18th - First graders will take MAP testing. Map testing is a computer based assessment that your child will take again, later in the year. Scores will be shared with you. Children also take the test in grades 2-5.

October 26th - Early Dismissal and End of the 1st 9 weeks

What are we learning:

Handwriting- We are focusing on letter formation. Some letters are tall, some are short, and some words have a tail like the letters: g, y, and p. Students are also learning the mechanics of correctly writing a sentence: capitalizing the first letter, using spaces, and using appropriate punctuation at the end.

Sight Words - Each day in first grade, we complete our sight word drills to try and become fluent sight word readers! Some students have already mastered the list of words for quarter one.. way to go!!! ideas to use at home to master sight words

Phonics - Students are using their phonics skills and knowledge of letter sounds to create CVC, CVCC, and CCVC words. We are focusing on short vowel spelling patterns.
C- Consonants & Consonant Blends click here!
V-Vowels - A E I O and U click here for a fun cvc song!
For example words like: pat, pick, & plug.
Students are learning about short vowels and how they are the glue that holds words together. Encourage your child to use the strategies: stretchy snake and chunky monkey when sounding out words they see in text that they do not know.

Math - Students are learning about basic number sense. Click here for a great resource provided by our math curriculum, Eureka Math: We are currently in Module 1 Topic D. Students are learning the strategy: counting on. When completing math homework, I urge you to allow your child to use math tools to help them count and add. You can use rocks, toys, marbles, or even dry beans. At school, we use our counters, unifex cubes, and ten frames to help us solve our math problems.

Writing - Students are learning how to generate ideas and then make a plan in order to put a small moment story down on paper. They are LOVING telling their stories and becoming authors and illustrators! I am so proud of their hard work. They are doing a great job staying on one topic and not allowing their stories to become unorganized. I give my students three sheets of paper and then they sketch the beginning of their story, the middle of the story, and the ending. After they sketch and tell me the different parts, they begin writing. Inventive spelling is very appropriate for students this age. However, sight words need to be spelled correctly in their writing. I encourage my students to use their word walls to help them write sight words.

Reading Comprehension- Students are learning about the qualities of realistic fiction, making connections with text, and also making predictions while reading text. Students are also learning how to retell stories. We are learning the terms: summarize in sequence. This goes along well with our writing since all stories must have a beginning, middle, and an ending. After students are finished reading to you each night, ask them to retell the story. Also encourage your child to use the strategies: eagle eyes to read pictures and Skippy Frog to read the rest of the sentence and then think about a word that makes sense based off of context clues.

Monday, September 17, 2018

September 17-21, 2018

Happy Monday Families! Welcome back to another week of fun and learning in first grade! I hope you all were safe during the storms. I am so glad to finally be back with my sweet kiddos. Thank you to the families who completed the homework packet last week, even though we did not have school. Your hard work does not go unnoticed! We are starting fresh this week, so if you didn't complete the packet, no worries! Your child will have a new homework packet in their Monday Folder. Inside of their Monday folder, you will also find the weekly newsletter and two books for you and your child to read together at home. I have also placed a sight word assessment in the folder for you to go over at home. Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns. There was not a progress report due to us being out of school for the weather. At this time, weather make up days have not been finalized by the district. I will send out that information as soon as I hear the news. The All About Me Projects were FABULOUS!!! It was so wonderful hearing and seeing your child tell their classmates all about their lives and their families. Again, thank you all for what you do!