First Grade is a year of learning reading, writing and math. Specific questions should be directed to Mrs. Hayes, the classroom teacher.
Religion (Blest Are We, RCL Benziger):
Unit 1 - Our Church Community
Unit 2 - Our Loving God
Unit 3 - God's Son Jesus
Unit 4 - The Holy Spirit
Unit 5 - Jesus' Church of Followers
Project Genesis: We Grow in God's Love
Math: Harcourt Math, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Reading - Reading,Macmillan/McGraw-Hill; Phonics & Phonemic Awareness, McGraw-Hill
English - Blowmar/Noble Handwriting B, McGraw-Hill
Spelling - Spelling, McGraw-Hill
Science (Science - A Closer Look, Macmillan/McGraw-Hill):
Unit A - Plants & Animals
Unit B - Earth
Unit C - Weather & Sky
Unit D - Matter
Unit E - Motion & Energy
Unit F - Life Sciences: Plants
Unit G - Life Sciences: Animals & Their Homes
I Know a Place, Houghton Mifflin
Your child will normally have homeowrk Monday through Thursday. Homework will consist of a sheet dealing with spelling every night. The normal routine is that on Monday they write the spelling words 2 times each; Tuesday the complete a spelling word find; Wednesday is a spelling scramble and Thursday they write 2 to 3 sentences using spelling words. Every night they will have one or two reading reteach or extend pages that reinforce what we practiced in class that day. They will also have at least one math page that will reinforce the skill that we worked on that day. Every day your child will have an activity that allows practice with their spelling words, a reading skill, and a math skill. Daily homework allows them to practice what they learned in school at home independently. If they need help with directions or in doing the work, parents are expected to be the home teacher. Please check over your child's work and have them correct any mistakes. Immediate feedback is very valuable.
Every night your child will have a page, poem or reading selection to read to you. Monday's reading will usually include a poem from the book. Tuesday's reading assignment will be to read part or all of a story from the book. Wednesday's reading might be to re-read the story for expression and fluency. Thursday's reading will be a paper booklet and/or poem. The weekend reading will include a paper booklet. If your child is struggling to read the assignment, please feel free to partner-read with your child, with you reading one page or paragraph and them reading the next page or paragraph. It is okay to read a page and then have your child read the page. They can learn from your expression and the flow of the words.
At this time I like to see children pointing with their finger under the words so that they can keep their eyes matched to the words they are reading.
The reading log should be signed every night and sent back to school. This reading time should be a special time for you and your child every night. Feel free to ask about the story and make connections to other stories they have read. It will be exciting to see your child grow as a reader this year. If your child is already reading, please be sure to read the assignments and then supplement with books you might have at home. I tell the children every day the words of the Nellie Edge poem: "Read, Read, Read, the more you read, the better you read, so Read, Read Read."
Your children get hungry every morning and look forward to a quick snack and recess. Please send healthy foods that they can eat quickly. They are anxious to play on the playground too. A whole peice of fruit is too big and takes too long. Fruit slices, peanuts, cheese sticks, a package of crackers, are examples of food that are easy and quick to eat and give them a boost of energy.
Water is very important! They get really thirsty and always want a drink. Please send a bottle filled with fresh water from home. It takes too much time to fill several water bottles in the morning. They can keep the bottle on the floor under their desk.
Students love to celebrate their birthday in class. Parents are invited to bring treats to share with the class at 2:40 (or at 2:00 on Tuesdays). We will sing Happy Birthday and give them a blessing. Parents, you are also invited to read your child's favorite book to the class. The book shouldn't take more than 10 minutes to read aloud. The day of the birthday celebration, the class will be packed up and ready to go with backpacks by their desks. We will say a blessing, sing Happy Birthday, follow with the favorite book reading, and then pass out the treat. Please see me the day or so before the birthday to let me know if you will be bringing treats and reading a book. If you can't come at the end of the day, you can drop off treats in the morning. Many children bring cupcakes, some bring frosted cookies, and some have even brought ice cream bars. I don't have time to cut or serve a cake. We usually don't have enough time for drinks. If you do bring drinks, make it a juice box. We can't afford sticky spills on the carpet.
Some children have summer birthdays. We can arrange to have half birthdays, or an alternate date. Please see me to arrange a birthday celebration day. Every child likes to be special for one day!
I will need people to tear pages out of workbooks and collate the pages. From time to time I have other tasks that can be completed at home. I will also need to make sure you are okay to work in the classroom before you can volunteer. All volunteers need to have a background checks and will also need to watch the Safety Video. Please check in the office to make sure everything is in order before you volunteer. I will set up times for you to volunteer based on your availability and our schedule. I don't usually start to have classroom volunteers until our schedule is set and we are in a good routine.
Papers will be sent home on a weekly basis in an envelope. Please sign the outside of the envelope to indicate that you have seen the papers. Return the envelope promptly.
Scholastic book orders will be sent home once and sometimes twice a month. The orders are totally optional. It is a great program and there are many books for less than five dollars.
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