May/June 2019



            May 10:  First Grade Field Trip to Roseville Theater
            May 16: Open House @ FDS 5:30-7pm
            May 27: Memorial Day—No School
            June 7: Last Day of School—Minimum Day
            Spirit Day every Friday—wear red and black!!


       Please spend at least 15 minutes a day reading aloud to and with your child. Also take time to talk about each story—make predictions about what is going to happen, talk about the characters, discuss the sequence of events, expand your child’s vocabulary, compare the story or characters to other books read... Enjoy this reading time together.

       Our emphasis at school is on refining blending skills so that short and long vowel words are read smoothly and so that the students use familiar chunks to help decode words (ie. ay, and, alk, ing, en, ill, it, at, er, ew, magic e patterns, and two vowel patterns). These chunks will help your child decode new words like grand, awful, talked, painting, tadpoles, gardener, etc... We also continue to work on sight words so that the students’ reading becomes more fluent—it sounds like we talk.  When your child comes to an unknown word or reads a word incorrectly, you may want to encourage your child to skip the word and continue reading to the end of the sentence to help determine what “makes sense,” and/or to reread—start at the beginning of the sentence again—to determine what the correct word is. Some questions to ask may be, “Does that make sense? Does that look right? Does that sound right?”

      Continue to work on the addition and subtraction flash cards so that basic facts are recalled instantly. Work on sums and differences written both horizontally and vertically. Review adding and subtracting 10 from 2 digit numbers (ex. 34-10=?, 83+10=?...).  Continue to work on measuring items to the nearest inch and nearest centimeter, counting dimes and pennies and nickels and pennies, and on telling time (:00 and :30).  Also practice identifying fractions—1/2, 1/3, and 1/4 and making/reading graphs.

Continue to encourage your child to write stories, notes, letters, lists, home and to build an ever increasing written sight vocabulary. Students are now filling an entire page with complete sentences on a specific topic, using correct spacing, capitalization, punctuation, and demonstrating an increasing number of correctly spelled words. Students are encouraged to write more descriptive sentences—using adjectives and adverbs and telling who, what, when, where, and why in their writing. The more your child writes, the better speller he/she becomes.

     When working with your child, please encourage correct letter formation.   A simple rule of thumb--letters and numbers never begin at the bottom of the line.  Please refer to the alphabet and number chart at the back of your Parent Handbook for correct formation.