Welcome to First Grade!!-2019-2020

Dear First Grade Families,

Welcome to First Grade!!  We look forward to seeing you all tomorrow on the first day of school.  We wanted to provide you with a preview of some of the exciting things that will be going on in First Grade.

In First grade, classroom community building is very important.  Each morning we will begin with a morning meeting where we greet each other and often have time to share “important news” from our lives.  We will be learning to be respectful of others, as well as our surroundings.  We hope to become a tightly knit community of learners and teachers.

Our first writing unit is Personal Narrative: Writing Small Moment Stories.  We will be learning to tell the stories of our lives.  The children will be thinking about ways to help the reader feel as if they are experiencing the moment.  They will be working on bringing their stories to life using talking, moving, feeling, and thinking.  These details will help to paint a picture in the reader’s mind.  Each child will be learning to “zoom in” on important events that have occurred in their life.  One way you can support this work at home is by modeling excellent storytelling for your kids every day at home!  In addition, please help the children continue to see their lives as the lives of a writer…there are stories just waiting to be told at every corner.

Our first unit in reading is Building Good Reading Habits.  We will begin with reviewing familiar reading habits and strengthening them.  We will also learn new reading habits for reading long and strong.  We will be taking the time to “do something at the end of each book”, for example retelling the story to ourselves, retelling a favorite part, rereading the book…just to name a few.  We will soon learn new habits for tacking hard or tricky words.  We will think about (when we get to a tricky word): What looks right? What sounds right?, and What makes sense?  We will be practicing taking a running start in our reading.  Readers should always reread as they are tackling a hard word.  We will begin working with reading partners to practice good reading habits and also to develop strong book talk.

In math we are going to begin by reviewing some of our great discoveries about numbers.  The first unit is titled Coins, Number Strings and Story Problems.  This unit focuses on addition, subtraction and number systems.

We look forward to seeing you all at our Curriculum Night next Thursday, September 12th.

Other notes of importance:

  •  Birthday Snack – We love celebrations!  Keep in mind the celebration should be 10-15 minutes. For our birthday celebrations this year, we invite you to join to our class and share a special treat of your child’s choice during snack time. Please give us a week’s notice to plan a celebration, and remember, goodie bags are not permitted during school celebrations.
  • Changes to dismissal need to be given in writing.  Please send a note either weekly or the morning of a dismissal change.
  • Please be sure to label your child’s belongings such as jackets, sweaters, water bottles, lunch boxes, and snacks.  This is very helpful when something goes missing.

As always thank you so much for all of your support!  Please feel free to reach out with any questions, comments, and our delights.

All the best,

Kristin and Sarah