Hello my fantastic first grade families!
My name is Brooke Steiner & I am SO excited to be your child's first grade teacher this year! This is my third year teaching first grade at Seven Hills Preparatory Academy. I love what I do & am so lucky to do it!
I grew up in Maple Grove & graduated from the Osseo School District. I LOVED school as a child & have always tried to pass my passion for learning onto my students. It is my upmost priority that my students have fun in what we do! I attended & graduated from the University of St. Thomas in December 2007. I went on to substitute for 4 years in the Wayzata School District, until I was lucky enough to be hired here at Seven Hills.
I married my best friend Matt in July 2013. We met each other working at a movie theatre in high school & have always had an affinity for movies ever since. We try to get in movie date nights whenever possible. We are the lucky & proud parents of an 18 month old little girl named Violet, born in July 2014. We are loving our new role in life as parents!
A few facts about me: I love shopping, coffee, salty foods & family time! I am not a fan of candy, insects, getting dirty or cleaning! I am a very optimistic "glass half-full" kind of person & always open to trying new things. I love to read & someday would love to write my own book! I enjoy traveling with my husband to new places. It is our dream to someday make it to Italy.
I believe strongly in an "open door" policy. Please do not ever hesitate to contact me with any questions, comments or concerns. Being a mom, I completely understand the trust you put into me by leaving your child's welfare & education in my hands each and every day. I do not take this lightly! I am happy to address anything you would like to discuss.
Let's have a great year!
1st Grade Teacher
First Grade Nuts and Bolts 2015-2016
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
Math Homework Packets:
Every Monday, the students will receive packets that are due the following Monday. 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.
Your child will receive the week’s spelling words in their planner & on the weekly newsletter. Please be aware that the words may appear too simple, and your child can already spell them. But they are the building blocks to our phonics, spelling, writing and reading program. Students are required to practice their words each night Monday-Thursday with the notebook due back on Fridays. Directions are printed on the front of your child's spelling notebook.
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 send home a list of fun alteratives the first week of school. Please remember that unless ALL boys and girls are invited from the class do not have your student hand out invitations at school.
Snacks and Lunch:
First grade lunch is from 12:15-12:40. 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. *Each first grade room with have snack every day. 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 list.
First Grade will send out a weekly newsletter for their classroom. I will send a paper copy in your child's Take Home folder on Mondays, as well as an attachment via email. 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 OR BLACK 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
Grasshopperapps.com Google Voice Search