February 2017

FIRST  GRADE  FEBRUARY  NEWSLETTER

 

UPCOMING:

            Feb. 13:  No School/Lincoln’s Birthday
            Feb. 20: No School/Presidents’ Day
            Mar. 1:  End of the Second Trimester
            Every Friday is Spirit Day—WEAR RED AND BLACK!

Reading:

            Please spend at least 15 minutes a day reading 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. We also continue to work on sight words so that the students’ reading becomes more fluent—it sounds like we talk. The weekly homework will keep you informed on the phonic skills being taught and applied in the student’s daily reading. When your child comes to an unknown word or reads a word incorrectly, you may want to encouraged 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?”

            Please continue to read the stories that have gone home as well as the new ones going home. Thank you for your daily reading practice and support at home.

Math:

            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. Continue to work on and review place value—hundreds, tens, and ones—counting, ordering/sequencing numbers, writing numbers before, after, and between, and comparing numbers—greater and less--to 120.  Count, write, and read numbers 0-120 at home.  Count to 100 by ones, tens, and fives. 

With regard to the 90 Seconds Math Tests, the goal is for each student to pass a couple tests a week. Thank you for practicing the math facts daily so that these sums and differences are committed to memory.

Writing:

            Continue to encourage your child to write stories, notes, letters, lists, etc....at home. Students are expected to write 3 or more sentences on a given topic, use correct spacing, capitalization, punctuation, and demonstrate an increasing number of words spelled correctly. As in reading, we are working to build the students’ written sight vocabulary so that commonly used words (the, my, to, said,...) are spelled correctly. We are also working to incorporate the spellings taught in our daily phonics lessons in the students’ writing. Please refer to the weekly homework packets for the sounds and spellings being taught.

Handwriting:

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

Spelling:

Check the Friday Homework for weekly spelling lists.

 

The children continue to become ever more capable and independent in their abilities. Thank you for all your support at home!!!