First week of first grade 2018

We had an AMAZING first week at school. Everyone has gotten along so well, and are so helpful to everyone. They are beginning to make new friendships and have been doing a great job of trying to include everyone.

They were able to come up with their own classroom rules and are starting to take ownership of their choices. We will be working a lot on independence and taking ownership over our actions throughout the year. There is so much learning to do in addition to academics in first grade.

The week was mostly spent on doing some social skills, learning classroom routines, and getting to know each other, as well as me getting to see where everyone is academically. We will start some of our core subject lessons from next week.

 

Details about our upcoming math unit are posted along the math tab at the top.

 

Questionnaire to help me get to know your child better: (if you have not done so yet)
https://goo.gl/forms/5GK8WsvvfI2xoMIe2

 

 

Math Unit 1

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How to help your child with math homework

We do not send home many math worksheets but ask parents to read the above documents which will help you find ways to integrate math authentically into your daily routine.
Ask questions to extend your child’s thinking. Here are some questions you might try. Notice that they require more of a response than just “yes” or “no.”
◆ What do you need to find out?
◆ What are you going to do first?
◆ How you are solving this problem?
◆ How did you get this answer?
◆ Why does your answer make sense?
◆ Can you explain that in a different way?
• Establish a quiet place to work (whether at home, in an afterschool program, or some other place) and a system for bringing homework back and forth to school.
• Certain materials, such as Primary Number Cards and game directions, will be used again and again throughout the year. Because they will be sent home only once, please help your child find a safe place to store their math materials—maybe in a math folder, an envelope, or a shoe box—so that he or she can easily locate and use them when needed. If your child regularly does homework in more than one place, we can talk about how to obtain the necessary materials for each place.-
• Children often use real objects to solve math problems. Please provide a collection (20–30) of small objects such as beans, buttons, or pennies for students to use at home. These can be stored in plastic bags or small containers and kept with other math materials.

Tips for reading with your child

(This has also been added to Readers’ Workshop post section at the top)

Throughout the year I will post a few updates about what you as parents can do to assist your child.

For the first few weeks our goal is to help them to love reading. We will be learning how to pick a “just right book” throughout the year, although sometimes they may still come home with books that are to hard for them (especially towards the beginning when any book is ok at the moment).

Here are some ideas of what you can do to help them at home. Some tips can be exchanged between each group but tried to organize them a little to help.

If they don’t know most the words
Read the pictures – have them describe in detail what is happening in the pictures and see if you can see any words that match (if there is a pizza in the picture look for that word)

We will start something called a picture walk soon which is where we go through the pictures and tell our own story.

Have them pick out words they do know such as simple sight words: a, the, at, home, etc.

Feel free to read the book along with them pointing to the words and maybe helping them sound out easy to read words.

If they know some words

Have the read the words they can and use strategies such as sounding it out, looking for word patterns, using the picture, etc. Whatever tools they are most comfortable with when coming upon a hard to read word. We will be going over new strategies throughout the year that will help them with this as well.

If they know all the words 

Encourage them to read the book once, and again to see if they notice anything different. Also ask questions listed below.

Additional skills/questions to ask them

Connect prior knowledge – Ask them what they already know about the subject before they open the book.

Make a prediction – Ask them what they think will happen next.

Connections – Ask them questions such as do you have any connections (Have you been to a park like that?)

Retelling – Have them retell important parts of the story

Characters – Have them describe or tell about the traits of characters in the story.

Welcome to 1st grade 2018-19

Welcome video from Miss Gerken and myself:

 

About myself:
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Hri2evHhLSWjeZoFlCPeQGh7FleKtowJnmWM98TqmWg/edit?usp=sharing

Schedule:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1_uRzwVYIepk3HH6ghKoZkMnZTLTX_AOX/view?usp=sharing

All about Grade 1:
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1GuloQiiQLymOPtxceo4ousap-r1vEbiMJ6ldfMIfowY/edit?usp=sharing

Questionnaire to help me get to know your child better:
https://goo.gl/forms/5GK8WsvvfI2xoMIe2