Welcome to a new school year at Seven Hills Classical Academy!
My name is Krista Wylie. This is my third year teaching at Seven Hills. In spring 2014, I graduated from Iowa State University with an Elementary Education degree specializing in Mathematics and Special Education. I enjoy spending time with friends and family, the outdoors, and yoga.
I am excited about the opportunity to work with our first grade students to meet their academic and personal goals throughout the year. I look forward to working with you to ensure that your child becomes an independent lifelong learner. Please contact me with any questions or concerns that you or your child may have.
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First Grade Nuts and Bolts 2013-2014
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. 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 for 20 minutes.
Your child will receive the week’s spelling words in their spelling notebook. 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. We encourage you to practice these words with your child multiple times throughout the week to prepare them for spelling tests every Friday. Spelling notebooks are due on Fridays so that they are not forgotten over the weekend.
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.
Your child may celebrate his or her birthday on their birthday by bringing a special treat to share with the class. As you already know, there are many students at SHCA with severe allergies. All treats must be from the approved snack list. You should already have this list, but if you need a copy please let us know. Summer birthdays may be celebrated any time, just let your teacher know the day you and your child have chosen. 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 12:10-12:30. 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 will 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. To save on paper, we will be emailing the newsletters to you on Monday. Please be sure we have your correct email address! If you aren’t receiving emails from your teacher, please let us know right away. If you prefer a paper copy of the newsletter, please let your teacher know.
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
Smartappsforkids.com - Sign up with email address and get notified of free apps!
Educational Websites for Kids
This site has lots of great language arts games. It takes a fun game like this snowman game and has words that it helps your child sound out. There are lots of seasonal games as well as early reading, phonics, as well as reading practice for 1st and 2nd graders.
There is SO much on here. Your child can pick his/her favorite show and play a bunch of learning games for that show.
Here's a wonderful site! This site is great because it's split up into grades K-5 so there's no guess work there! Some of the best games it offers are: Pirate Marble game which is great for learning addition, and connect the dots. For 1st grade it would be the foul shot where you can practice math facts to earn basketballs to shoot a foul shot, the math can go up to a 4th or 5th grade level. There are also telling time games and learning coin games as well.
This website has hundreds of educational games, for literacy, math and science. It also has learning videos on subjects like the plant life cycle, frog life cycle, the 5 senses, and more with review games you can play afterward. It has lesson plans, tons of free printable worksheets, arts and crafts coloring pages, and a cute blog. What a great resource! My only complaint would be that the games are all narrated with a robotic voice, but other than that it's golden!
Wow this is another great site. It has games from books like The Magic School Bus (which is oozing with science fun!), Clifford, WordGirl and more. This site is has games for kids ages 3-7and another section for kids ages 8-12.
Fun fun fun!
There is also a lot to this site as well. Pictured here are the ABC games which are for practicing letter recognition. There are also lots of other harder games that are also educational. Check it out it's a pretty good site.
This site has lots of learning games for kids of ALL ages. It's very tutorial centered which is good for learning a new concept. I also love the Kids Corner which you can explore lots of science centered ideas, such as the Four Seasons (as shown in the picture). You can paint using movable parts like rain clouds which are actually raining! Fun fun fun site!
This site has a bunch of games that are all science related. They are all pretty fun. Some of them like Animal Jam require an e-mail address and some personal info about your child, just FYI. They also have a bunch of geography games, adventure games, action games, puzzles and quizzes, games for young children, and all of the games really are science related. They also have science experiments, videos, and interactive information about animals and countries. I thought this was a pretty cool site, and had tons of educational value!
Highlights is a classic magazine that has been around for years. They are very well known for their hidden puzzles in their magazines. On their site for kids they havestories that you can have read to you and tons of games, their specialty is hidden picture games which you can click and the hidden image appears. This is another great site if you are learning a theme for the week and you would like to practice newly learned skills.
This site has a bunch of educational games that are also quite fun for kids. It has games for Babar, Jane and the Dragon, Zoola Patrol (great science games), and Vitamix.
Shnoozles has lots of fun and simple preschool games, this main page would be fun for kids to navigate on.
This site is a little old school but it is still really fun for preschoolers.
This has some puzzles, word searches, and mazes for older children. It seems like they stop putting money into this site, because it has an add for Clouding with a Chance of Meatballs in 2009. But it is an alright resource.
This site has some good science and nature games.
This site has some fun animal games that you can switch animals around to look silly.
This site has some fun games that explore expressions, proportions, and emotions.
18. Juliasrainbowcorner.com This site is is also a little old school but it has some fun games for young children.