November 2017

FIRST GRADE NOVEMBER NEWSLETTER
UPCOMING:

              Nov. 10: Veterans Day—No School
              Nov. 14: End of First Trimester/Report cards go home Nov. 17
              November 20-24 No School—Student Vacation/Thanksgiving                         Nov. 30:  First Trimester Awards Assembly (TK-3rd @ 9am)    

           

READING:  Read daily to and with your child. Talk about the story—make predictions about what might happen next, summarize the story, 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 are read smoothly and continuing to work on sight words so that the students’ reading becomes more fluent—it sounds like we talk. The weekly homework page will keep you informed on the phonic skills being taught and applied in the students’ daily reading. Continue to work on reading fluency by reading and rereading the blackline master stories sent home.  Enjoy your reading time together.

MATH:  The students will work on strengthening their addition and subtraction skills (counting on, counting back, doubles, doubles plus one, doubles minus one, using ten frames to add and subtract…) and their ability to solve story problems with pictures and a written number sentence.  Other skills being worked on are:  ordinal numbers (first, second...), counting to 100 by 1s, 5s, and 10s, counting back from 20, bar graphs, right and left, telling time to the hour, and identifying even and odd numbers.

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 2-3 seconds is what is needed to pass each subsequent Time Test in math. 

WRITING:  The students will continue to work on generating and writing sentences independently. While students will still write many words phonetically (plagrnd=playground), they are encouraged to identify the first and last sounds correctly as well as sequencing more and more of the sounds in between. Students are also working on 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 (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. These sounds and their spellings are found on the weekly homework.

 

This is an exciting time as our children demonstrate growing skills and independence! Enjoy your reading, writing, math, and homework time together and celebrate your child’s successes!