First Grade Nuts and Bolts 2018-2019
As we build toward a successful school year, these are some things your child will be learning and practicing as we focus on our mission:
- Our hopes and goals for this year
- Classroom expectations and routines
- Learning to use our materials with care and respect
- CARES character values (Cooperation, Assertion, Responsibility, Empathy, Self-Control)
- Appropriate lunch, bathroom, hallway and recess procedures
- Getting to know our new classroom and classmates
Every Monday, the students will receive math homework that is due the following Monday. One side will be a checklist of activities to complete & be signed off by a parent/guardian. The opposite will be more traditional homework. Please keep in mind the homework is meant as independent practice, not as a way to challenge your child. The skills practiced in your child's packets are things we have already worked on in class. Being a rigorous school, your child receives daily challenges in the classroom.
The most important skill for a first grade child is reading, or being read to, every day! Please listen to your child read as much as possible & ask them questions throughout the book as a means of assessing their understanding. Students should read at least 5 minutes nightly in September, at least 10 minutes nightly October-December, at least 15 minutes nightly January-March and at least 20 minutes nightly April-June.
Our school utilizes a spelling & phonics program called Words Their Way. Your teacher will send home a detailed handout with information & instructions at the onset of the year. You students will receive spelling homework weekly in the form of word/picture cards that need to be cut out & sorted into similar phonemic patterned groups. They will also bring home a weekly homework sheet on which there will be a variety of activities to choose from in order to practice sorting the cards. Students should choose 4 activities each week & get signed off by a parent/guardian.
Take-Home Folders and Planners:
Each student will have a take-home folder to use as a way to bring all paper items to and from school. Please empty the folders every night and return to school every day. Please use these folders to bring notes and return forms and homework. Please review your child’s planner each night as it is a great way to review the day.
We are happy to celebrate your child's special day in school. I will email you approximately a week before your child's birthday (or half-birthday for summer children) to ask of your plans. Due to allergies & dietary restrictions, I ask that you not send your child with edible birthday treats to hand out. Instead, I will email you a list of fun alteratives about a week before we celebrate. Please remember that unless ALL boys and girls are invited from the class, we ask that you do not have your student hand out invitations at school.
Snacks and Lunch:
First grade lunch is from 11:45-12:10. Please be sure to mark the days your child receives hot lunch. The teachers do not have your lunch menus in the classrooms, and the school does not have extra lunches for those who forget. First grade will have a snack time each afternoon. Please send ONE, healthy snack with your child each day. Teachers will not provide snacks for those students who do not have one. As always, be sure the snack is from the approved nut-free snack list.
Weekly newsletters will be attached to the weekly Monday email each week. Please read it over thoroughly as it contains a lot of important information. Please be sure we have your correct email address! If you aren’t receiving emails from your teacher, please let us know right away.
Please review your student handbook for uniform policy. It will be strictly adhered to. TENNIS SHOES MUST BE PLAIN WHITE, BLACK, GRAY, BROWN OR NAVY IF THEY ARE GOING TO BE WORE DURING THE SCHOOL DAY. If your child has not mastered the skill of tying their shoes, please continuing working on that skill at home and send Velcro shoes in the mean time.
We look forward to you helping in the classroom. The first month of school we will be busy getting in the first grade routine, because of this we will begin asking for volunteers in October. Please look for more information to come.
iPad Apps for Learning
Family Friendly iPad Apps
Hungry Fish Flash to Pass
Sushi Monster Math Bugs
Count Money Perimeter
Splash Math Pizza 1
Banana Math Fractions
Match 10 Candy Factory
Singapore Math Bar Model Math!!!
Telling Time Photo Touch Game Geoboards
Addition/Subtraction/Multiplication/Division (by Horizon Business)
Mini Word Sound Sorting (Lakeshore)
Word Ball Bob Books
Tic Tac Toe (Lakeshore Learning) Kids Learn Sight Words
Rocket Spelling Jumbled Sentence
Learning A-Z Spelling City
Story Wheel Phonics Studio
Pop Words Opposites
Phonics Awareness A+ Spelling Test
Phonics Genius Starfall
Spelling Bug A-Z Reading
Chicktionary ABC Pcoket Phonics
Wild Fables Lakeshore All About Letters
Magnetic ABC Word Mover
Bluster Book Press
Scholastic Reading Timer Scholastic Storia
Word Bingo Rhyming Bee
Fry Words Mad Libs
Sight Words by Little Speller
Science Social Studies
Space Place Montessori Approach to Geography
Discovery Brain Coach USA
Zaner-Bloser Handwriting (print) Educreations
Zaner-Bloser Handwriting (cursive) Bluefire Reader
Music Sparkle Simon Says
Doodle Buddy PaintSparkles
Screen Chomp Memory King
Scribble Press BrainPopjr.
*Doceri Class Dojo
Fitnessgram PBS Kids
Show Me Cribbage
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