The children did very well on their first spelling test this past Friday. They are excited about this success, which is understandable given the hard work they put into getting ready for the test. Thank you so much for your support! The word patterns and memory words will vary in difficulty from unit to unit, however I believe the children truly benefit from both review and challenge. Please feel free to help your child pick 2-4 words to add to the list (and send me their revised list) that they would like to learn how to spell. It is most helpful if the words reflect things going on around them (real world application). I would also like to remind you that the spelling practice work should be turned in the day of (or day before) a test is scheduled.
I am delighted to share that Mrs. Brunner (Jacob’s mom) and Mrs. Kohler (Andy’s mom) have agreed to take on the responsibilities of room parents for this year. We will be meeting later this week to discuss monthly birthday celebrations, class parties, scheduling lunch volunteers, etc. Their support is invaluable to all of us – I want to thank them upfront for all the little ways they will bring extra joy to our classroom experience this year!
Thank you so much for your help!
May you find many peace-filled moments with your families this week!
Mrs. Pam Claytor
This Week in First Grade
Religion: We will be discussing God’s greatest gift, His son, Jesus this week. The children will review the story of Jesus’ birth, learn that Jesus lived in Nazareth with Mary and Joseph and describe how the Holy Family obeyed God and prayed to Him.
Language Arts: Phonics work - sh/ ch/ tch initial and final position/ pattern words Vocabulary – memory words: I, my, she, her, he, his Spelling – memory words, plus pattern words from phonics focus Comprehension skills – use pictures and prior knowledge; complete sentences about a story; monitor comprehension; recognize plot ( problem and solution) Grammar – understand and use nouns and pronouns Listening and Speaking – follow oral directions; listen for details in song Study Skills - identify and use a table of contents
Math: We will continue to work on understanding Subtraction as the children work on the parts of 9, all kinds of stories: stories about taking away, stories about comparing, and stories about missing parts.
Science: Having identified light as an important energy source that we receive from the sun, the children will begin to understand that light travels in waves in bundles of energy called photons.
Social Studies: We will continue our discussion of jobs, moving from those we are responsible for at school and home to those of the world of work. The children will learn that we all have jobs to do and that some jobs are for pay, while others are done are voluntary.