Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Some of the many things we will be working on this month......

We will be practicing and establishing procedures for work stations, guided groups, independent work, and whole group.

 In Math we have started unit one.  This unit is called How Many of Each.  This first unit develops ideas of counting and quantity, the composition of numbers, and operations of addition and subtraction.  We will build number sense by counting and comparing quantities and through composing and decomposing numbers.

Back to School review is how we will begin our reading unit.  A great place to start the year.  Through this unit the students review skills from  K,  and I have a chance to get to know them and their reading skills.  After this review we dive right into many key foundational reading skills.
*Reading strategies - phonics/decoding - predict/infer - summarize - evaluate
*Comprehension - sequence - compare & contrast - cause & effect
*Build Fluency  & recognize high frequency words
*Grammar - when to use capital letters - punctuation  

Writing small moments with independence is the what we will be working on in our first unit.  Our goal is to produce many small moment stories.  The children will work through the writing process.  In these small moment stories they focus on detail, including showing a character's small actions, dialogue, and internal thinking.

As you can see we will be very busy.......

Friday, September 2, 2016

Thursday, September 1, 2016

It was so nice meeting each and everyone of you at open house.  I was so eager for the first day with the students after seeing them that night. My instinct was right these students are awesome! It has been lots of fun getting to know them during our first few days. We have spent time establishing classrooom rules and procedures. Ask your children about interrupting chicken. It is great to see so many of you have joined classrooom Dojo.  This not only helps track behavior,but it also serves as a quick and easy communication method.

As the year progresses students will have some homework some evenings.  Believe it or not I have had students ask when they would get homeworkšŸ˜€  Homework is not meant to be a stressful event for child or parents. The skills that will be going home will be to reinforce what we are working on in class.  Our homework policy states no more than 10 to 30 minutes a night for grade one.  If  there are ever any issues with homework please be in touch. I know evenings are busy and family time is precious.

A big thank you for the supplies that were donated to our classroom.  Your generosity was greatly appreciated.

Here is to a fantastic first grade year!