September 14, 2018
Dear 1-O Families,
Here is just a short note. I hope you will be able to join me next Thursday, September 20 from 6:00 – 7:00 pm for our Open House. There are two, 25 minute sessions at our Open House.
This week we created class rules to help our Hopes and Dreams come true.
Here are our class rules:
Next week we’ll work more with good and bad consequence of our behavior and practice Stop and Think.
We completed our small moment writing assessment. I am giving individual reading assessments. As I finish an assessment I’ve been tweaking our book boxes to make sure the child has some good fit books, easy warm up books and favorite interest books.
In math we worked with tally marks, count to 100, using a tens frame with two sided beans and trying the online math program called Freckle. Next week we’ll look at i-ready.
For word work we used students names and pictures, sorting by number of letters, alphabetical order, boy or girl and matching all the pictures to the names. We sang songs Like “Hello To All the Children of the World” and “The Classroom is a Wonderful Place.” We played two games – What are you doing?” and “Four Corners”.
Some of our read alouds, this week have been: It’s Okay to make Mistakesby Todd Parr, Pete the Cat,
Millions of Cats, The Kids and the Giant, This Plus That,I Will Surprise My Friend, and The Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog
Thursday was picture day. This year in addition to individual photos, the photographer took a photo of the whole school. They took a class photo as well.
We’ve added a little reflection time at the end of the day where kids share something they liked from their school day.
I hope to see you all next Thursday for the Open House. We have a surprise reader on Monday!
Have a good weekend! Happy Birthday Owen! Congratulation to Sebi who has a new little brother! ~Mrs. O.
August 27, 2018
Dear 2-O Families,
We had a great first day of first grade. We worked on learning new routines and getting to know each other. You can ask your child for one of our signals to listen to each other. We talked about coming to the rug and our procedure for using the bathroom. We used the new round tables in the lunchroom.
Each First grader brought home a large manila envelope from the office of things for you to read, sign and return to school. Tomorrow I will start sending our red Learning Tree Communication folder. It should go home at the end of each day and come back each morning.
For now here are our home activities:
1.Read at least four nights a week. This can be you reading to your child, your child reading to you or a combination of the two for about 15 minutes.
2. Find a picture of your family for your child to keep in the Learning Tree Folder – page 1.
3. Bring in a Me Bag* (Directions and bag came home today) Due Tues. Sept. 5th.
I really enjoyed spending the day with your child and I look forward to 179 more wonderful days of First Grade.
Recently I put a small project on Donor's Choice, a non-prophet website where Donor's can choose to help fund projects for schools. I asked for small child sizes gloves and tools. Our project was fully funded and the small child size gloves and the small tools arrived during the last afternoon, of the last day of school - Monday, June 18th. Here are pictures of the tools, gloves and the kids with the unboxing of tools and gloves. The new 1-O (2018-2019) will make thank yous in the September after they use the gloves and the tools to work in the garden digging up garlic and working with pumpkins.
Dear 1-O Families,
I loved teaching your children this year. They were funny and creative and they liked working and learning with each other. We had lots of adventures learning this year. We were very lucky to have Mrs. Guilmette working with us. We will miss our friends, Kiley, Nathaniel and Ceara who are moving.
When I look at where we started with reading and writing and math in September and where first graders are now I am very impressed. They have a tool kit of strategies for figuring out unfamiliar words. They know how to ask questions as they read and make predictions. They understand that their learning grows as they read more. They know how to make connection from their book to themselves, and other books. They know what reading fluency sounds like and how to add expression, even if they don’t use expression all the time. First graders have built up a lot stamina as readers.
First grader writers had the chance to write small moments, non-fiction books, opinion writing and fiction stories. In the end we even wrote a Weather Poetry book. Today I’m sending your child’s Green writing folder with 5 end of unit books and other examples of their writing through out the year. Enjoy!
First graders have grown as mathematical thinkers this year. Their number sense has gotten stronger. They know their facts and they have some good strategies for problem solving. They have a good sense of number and operations. They worked with Measurement and data and our last unit was Geometry.
Keep reading this summer. On Friday the five books your child chose at the book pick came home as well as a sheet about the EKES Summer Reading Program. First graders entering second grader should read for 10 hours or read 10 books - a summer reading form came home Friday. If you should loose the form you can go to the first page of our class website and find a link where you can open and print another copy of the Summer Reading Log. (This should be up by June 20, 2018) Even strong readers love to hear a good book read out loud. Read alouds help children build vocabulary.
I hope students enjoyed this year’s theme units: Butterfly life cycles, Mexico, Sound and light and weather. 1-O parents thank you for all your help and support this year with homework, our field trip and activities in school and classroom and help making things at home. Some of the primary themes for next year will pets, trees, bats, China, geology (rocks, minerals, fossils –dinosaurs), balance and motion.
Have a wonderful summer!