|Super Star First Graders|
Dear Parents and Students,
It is so nice to finally start our first grade year after all of the preparation! I am excited to share classroom news with you each week in this blogspot. I will also include an overview of the topics and skills we will be working on with this weekly letter below the heading This Week in First Grade.
I truly appreciated and enjoyed the opportunity to meet so many of you at the welcome evening! The information you shared about your children will help me to get a head start on learning about their wonderful individuality.
Our first week of school will find us getting to know each other, sharing our summer experiences, and learning how to be official first graders. We will discuss ways to help each other be the best learners possible. The first lessons will offer our new first graders the opportunity to share all that they learned in kindergarten as we review basic skills before adding new ones.
The HSA has planned a special St. Augustine Feast Day celebration for the children, to be held on Friday, September 2nd. We will attend mass as a school community before enjoying a variety of special activities. I believe more information will be coming sometime this week.
May God, with His infinite love, bless each of you this week!
Mrs. Pam Claytor
This Week in First Grade
Religion: We begin our lessons with the beginning creation story in the bible. The children will share their ideas of how to be responsible (also our Character Counts! focus for August and September) stewards of God’s creation.
Language Arts: The children will share the skills they learned in kindergarten, as well as stories about the Superkids as we begin to build on them, adding depth of understanding and learning new ways to use these skills. They will be building stamina in both language arts and math, by sticking with challenges until they have developed a skill set. Our stamina focus this week is on reading to self, which requires picking out a “just right” book to read at each child’s level and reading it for comprehension.
Math: We’ll be working on numbers this week! Writing them, naming them, demonstrating one-to-one correspondence – all in preparation for our first unit: Understanding Addition.
Science and Social Studies: The children will be challenged to define what the words science and social studies mean. They will share their understanding of a scientist’s work, as well as the work of a historian. Working as a team, the children will practice “think, pair, share” while writing rules that help us to be safe, successful learners.