Grade Room 20
to our first grade classroom family! September will be a busy
first month of school for your child. Becoming a first grader is
a new experience and adjusting will take time. Be patient with your
child during the first couple of months of school. The
adjustment in learning new skills and procedures takes a lot of
work! To develop a sense community,
we will spend time each day in our Morning Meeting and
curriculum activities to foster our classroom community. Because
music and movement are critical in early childhood development,
your child may come home singing some of the songs he/she
learned in our Meeting. Additionally, I will be observing and
assessing literacy concepts and other social and academic areas.
Each child will be encouraged to progress and succeed through
developmentally appropriate instruction and curriculum that
respects diverse learning modalities.
September's information page will be a work in progress during
our first month of school. Please feel free to contact me
at school or at home should you have questions or feedback about
your child's learning experiences.
LISTS - More Information for the 2006-07year coming
first month of school will "appear" easy for
most children in content. The difficult aspects of
first grade reflect the adjustments children will be
making as they become familiar with classroom
procedures, expectations, and a new environment.
FIRST GRADE IS NOT KINDERGARTEN. My classroom is an
active learning environment. Children will be
interacting during the day. September will incorporate
some review of kindergarten but the curriculum, content
and expectations more demanding. Sometimes, first graders
come home from school during the first few weeks upset
or complaining about school, the work, or the big
changes. THIS IS NORMAL. Please encourage
your child by listening and talking about how life will
become easier as they practice and learn new
the initial math and literacy assessments, children will
be reading in small groups. We will also have PALS
testing in September. The first few weeks we will
be learning classroom and school routines. Some of
our themes for September will include:
*Developing our community
The September newsletters will have a list of curriculum
and content for the month. I will send home a
"paper" newsletter as well as post newsletters
on this web site.
Students will have homework 4-days of the week.
I usually do not send homework on the weekends.
Your child will receive a homework calendar EACH MONDAY.
This will be in one of the pockets of their homework
folders. Please review the assignments and sign your
name on the calendar. Students will turn in the
homework calendars and their homework folders EACH
Friday. Homework folders need to come to school
EACH day. The homework will follow a pattern each
week. The purpose of homework is practice and the
development of responsible study skills.
One component of the daily homework is your child's
reading bag and a reading log. Please complete the
reading log with your observations and comments each
day. I will respond to your notes as I review
daily progress in our small reading groups. The
reading logs are also turned in to me on Fridays.
first grade kids will have many exciting learning
opportunities this year. We will explore diverse
themes in our curriculum using many resources. Two
resources that we will USE EACH WEEK are "Weekly
Reader" and "Spin". These magazines
are for first graders. The "Weekly
Reader" supports our Virginia SOLS in many content
areas. The "Spin" magazine is all about
science. You child will receive each magazine on
Fridays each week. Your child will bring
home the magazines and activities to share with you on
It would be appreciated if you would help with the cost
of purchasing these magazines. The price for the
ENTIRE YEAR is $4.54. Please send a check payable
to the Weekly Reader Magazine or cash with your child to
school. I will send home a note about this during
the first week of school. If the payment will create a
hardship for your family, please contact me.
District adopted a new math curriculum that will be
implemented this year. I will frequently send home
information about the math program with your child in the
"parent pocket" of their homework
folder. The activities are a bit different from
the more traditional worksheet addition and subtraction
pages that you may have seen in the past. However,
the children will enjoy the active learning experiences
as they develop important mathematical concepts and
jobs are important concepts in the development of
self-esteem, responsibility, and a sense of
community. Each week, students will be assigned a
job from our Pug Paw chart. They will have this
job for the entire week. At the beginning of the year,
students will be learning, practicing and reviewing the
responsibilities for each job. Consequently, not
all students will have a job in September. As we
learn each job task, more positions will be available.
Our Pug Paws will be posted at our Morning Meeting area.
This year, students in our classroom will take home
Maggie on weekends. Your child will have Maggie
from Friday until Monday. Please read more about
Maggie. Click the mouse on her picture.
MORE IMPORTANT NEWS FOR SEPTEMBER
Important September Dates
Next week (September 12) we will begin our learning
experience about seasons, apple growing, and Johnny
Appleseed. I will be sending a note home
requesting apple donations this week. It would be
appreciated if each child would bring 2 Granny Smith
apples to school. We will be learning how to make
applesauce next Friday (Sept. 23). Each child will
be tasting the great applesauce that day.