In many ways, 1st grade is a year of important transitions—children leave behind much of the play of preschool and kindergarten and dive into developing deeper academic skills. 1st graders progress from having beginner reading and writing skills to becoming beginning readers and writers, as they not only read and write more often, but with greater comprehension and ability, too.
First grade is a crucial year for building reading skills. In 1st grade, students begin to define themselves with respect to what kind of readers they are. More specifically, research has shown that the most effective and successful 1st grade classrooms are those which are very positive places, encourage reading and writing, and convey the message “You can be a reader” to students. While this is already being done in the classroom, it can certainly be done at home too.
When it comes to reading, the nine months of first grade are arguably the most important in a student's schooling.
Welcome to life as a parent of a first grader! We have a very exciting year ahead of us! I would like to familiarize you with some of our classroom procedures so that we can work together to help your child succeed this school year.
It is our classroom and school policy to respect others, be courteous, use manners, and try to make good choices at all times. We are each responsible for our own actions. I believe in and practice a positive approach to handling any behavior issues that may arise in our classroom.
In the back of your child's take home folder is a parent communication log that we will use as part of our dismissal procedure. Any postive or negative incidents that occured at school will be tracked on this document. I ask that you discuss with your child why he/she did or did not have a great day. Please sign the calendar so I am aware that the issue was addressed at home.
Take Home Folder:
One of the most important things your child will bring home every day is their Take Home Folder. Please take a moment with your child to look through this daily. This will be used to help the students improve their organizational skills.
Homework will begin in October. Each student will be given a "book baggie" that contains: a book at their independent reading level, weekly sight words, and weekly math facts. We will also send home handwriting practice throughout the year. Students are encouraged to read 20 minutes each night. Resources will be sent home throughout the year that will provide tips, ideas, and activities for both you and your child to use when working with the materials in the book baggies. To instill good homework habits, try to be consistent with where and when your child does their homework. Students will need guidance in the beginning, and soon they will be able to do a lot on their own. Homework will go home on Mondays and be due back every Friday. If there are ever any additional resources you would like for home, please let me know! I have an abundance of resources that I would love to share!
- Our lunch period is 12:46-1:21. Students will have snack break each day. We ask that you send in a small healthy snack. Some suggestions are: fruit, vegetables, crackers, dry cereal, goldfish, pretzels, granola bars, etc.
- We have the following allergies in our classroom, please be aware of this when sending in snacks, birthday treats, and holiday treats!
- Tree Nut
Each child will have the opportunity to celebrate their birthday and may bring a treat to share with our class. Please keep in mind we have 21 students in our class. Cupcakes or pre-wrapped snacks work best.
An emergency contact form will be sent home the first week of school. Please make sure to write your most updated information and return it to school.