Mrs. Ralston's Grade One Newsletter
BOOK ORDERS: Part of your child's Christmas gift from me was a gift certificate to use with the scholastic book orders. This certificate will need to be used anytime between now and our final June book order or it will no longer be usable. Please ensure you fill it out when placing your child's order.
1) Literacy: This week we were introduced to 2 new characters who will help us remember the letters and sounds that we need for reading and spelling. Have your child tell you one thing they remember about Arnie Aardvark and Orty Orsen. Then have them tell you what sound these characters likes the best, and what letter or letter combinations represent that sound. Arnie Aardvark (ar) and Orty Orsen (or, ore, oor).
2) Sight Words: Our new sight word of the week was "are". Feel free to make new flashcards with these words to add to your current collection for Star Homework practice. Have your child teach you why this word is considered a "ghost word".
3) Word Sorts: Each student was once again assessed this week on their independent, non-practiced spelling of decodable words. Based on this assessment your child is given a word sort individualized to their current areas of need and practice. Word sorts are a great way that we practice our reading and spelling skills daily, but all at our own progress. Continuing to practice these word sorts at home are a great way to build fluency in literacy. Have your child teach you their new word sort when they bring them home each week, then use the list of games provided at the beginning of the year to have some fun with them! You can always let Mrs. Ralston know if you need a new word sort game list.
4) Writing: Over this week and next your child will be coming home with a blue sheet of paper stapled to their writing work. This is to let you know their current writing goals for their classroom writing. This goal is set by the student and teacher and is worked on and monitored daily. Make sure to talk about it with your child and refer to the goal in any practice you do at home. These goals are ever changing and evolving, so keep an eye out for that blue piece of paper often.
4) Math: As per the letter that came home earlier this week, we have begun to learn about measurement in grade one. Our first concept is learning all about height and width. Check out the video below to see how we had some fun with our favorite stuffed animals while learning some new math terms. Have your child teach you these terms and get them to practice using them around the house to compare things: height, width, taller, shorter, wider, narrower, baseline.