March 2019

FIRST  GRADE  MARCH  NEWSLETTER

UPCOMING:
                  Every Friday is Spirit Day—wear red and black!!! J
                  March 4:  End of 2nd Trimester
                  March 15:  First Grade Field Trip to Placer Nature Center
                  March 18-22: Parent/Teacher Conferences 12:45 Dismissal             

NOTE:  MUCH OF THE HOME AND SCHOOL WORK THIS MONTH WILL BE DEVOTED TO REFINING, AND BUILDING UPON THE SKILLS INTRODUCED AND OUTLINED IN THE FEBRUARY NEWSLETTER.

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 taught and applied in the students’ daily reading. When your child comes to an unknown word or reads a word incorrectly, you may want to encouraged your child to sound out the word, and/or 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?”

                  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.  Practice adding and subtracting 2-digit numbers (60-50=?, 20+50=?,43+31=?, 89-45=?, etc…). Practice adding and subtracting 10s to numbers quickly (55+20=?, 84-30=?, etc…) Compare and order the lengths of different items (shortest to longest). Practice telling time (hour/ :00 and half past/ :30). Work on coin identification (pennies, nickels, dimes, and quarters) and
count coins: dimes and pennies together, nickels and pennies together, and possibly dimes, nickels and pennies together if your child is ready. Have your child group coins for more effective counting—for example: dimes first, then nickels, then pennies.

With regard to the 90 Seconds Math Tests, the goal is for each student to pass two or more 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
fill the page with related sentences on a given topic, use correct spacing, capitalization, punctuation, and demonstrate 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. As in reading, we continue to work on building the students’ written sight vocabulary and 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 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.

Spelling:
Check the Friday Homework for weekly spelling lists.