January 2017

FIRST GRADE JANUARY NEWSLETTER

UPCOMING:
January 16:  Martin Luther King Jr. Day--No School
EVERY FRIDAY IS SPIRIT DAY—WEAR RED AND BLACK

READING:

Read daily 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...

Our emphasis at school is on refining blending skills so that short vowel words and Magic e 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.

Read new stories and old favorites. Enjoy your reading time together. 

Please continue to read the Journeys stories that have gone home as well as the new ones coming home.  Thank you.

MATH:

The students will continue to work on their addition and subtraction skills using a variety of strategies to find sums and differences. We are always working toward using the most efficient strategies when finding sums and differences (for example, counting up or counting back as opposed to counting blocks or fingers).  Ultimately, the students are working towards the memorization of math facts so that blocks, fingers, touch points, etc... are not necessary.

We will also be working on place value—tens and ones, what number comes before a given number and what number comes after, what is ten more and ten less than a given number, comparing numbers > and < to 120, and representing numbers by drawing hundreds, tens and ones.

Review the Math Flash Cards daily to help commit these facts to memory. Being able to see the math fact and say the answer within 2 seconds is what is needed to pass each subsequent 90 Seconds Math Test.

WRITING:

The students will continue to work on generating and writing sentences independently as well as using the correct capitalization, punctuation, and spacing between words in their sentences. As in reading, we are working to build the students’ written sight vocabulary so that commonly used words (they, my, have, 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 packet flash cards for the sounds and spellings being taught.

 

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!