It was a busy beginning of the school year! Students have been learning their way around the building, reviewing rules and procedures, making new friends, and learning how to be a First Grader. We have reviewed patterns in our number system, counting to 100, and will build on to 120. We have discussed story elements - characters, settings, problems and solutions. (Please talk about these elements each time you and your child read at home.)
Cobb County Student Information packets were sent home last week. There are several documents for parents to fill out and return, including a Clinic Card and Receipt of Family Information Guide. Please complete all paperwork and return ASAP. Thank you to families who have already completed and returned these important items.
We will be using agendas as one communication vehicle between home and class this year. There is a clear pocket behind the front cover. This is where papers coming from the school, and notes coming from home should be found. PLEASE CHECK THE AGENDA DAILY for information, and make sure that change in transportation, absence notes, etc., come to us in that pocket. Also, your child should record a behavior color each day. Please initial below the color to let me know that you have seen any information your child has recorded.
We use High Frequency Words for our Reading (Sight Words) and Spelling lists. These are the words that are seen most often in print. Learning to identify these words automatically, instead of stopping to sound them out each time they are encountered, should help build fluency and comprehension when reading. Each week, a list will be posted on this blog for you to download as flashcards of our current words. Please practice reading and spelling these words with your child frequently. We will have Spelling tests, but the purpose of working with these words is to build student skills when reading and writing.
One important writing tool that makes reading and understanding written work easier is conventional punctuation. Please help your child practice using correct end punctuation. Here's an online practice site: Punctuation Mystery
Activities At Home:
• Count objects such as jellybeans in a bowl, pennies in a jar, cheerios in a baggie, etc.
• Find numbers in newspapers, magazines, or on items around the house.
• Practice counting with your child while doing regular activities - driving in the car, jumping rope, waiting in line at a store, etc.
For a fun way to practice making decisions about clothes for the season, try this site with your child: What Will Bella Wear?
Please make sure your child's shoes are tied and double-knotted before they leave home each morning. Also, work with them to help them build skills to easily re-tie shoes, if needed, during the day. Loose shoe laces create a hazard for the children wearing the shoes as well as for other people walking near them. Thank you for your help.
for all the supplies and donations sent to the class to support our students. Special thanks to the families of Chase, Miller, Suhani, and Evelyn for donations from the Wish List and/or for the Classroom Store.