First Grade Weekly Update

December 14-18

Hour of Code

This week the students at Willow Creek all got to experience the hour of code. This is a computer application that has students using critical thinking skills, problem solving strategies and following directions (right, left, up, down.) It was a great experience for our first graders to explore the ipad app "lightbot". The students were all engaged and very excited as they completed a level. Please explore lightbot or kodable at home with your child.

School Musical

1st, 2nd, and 3rd Graders Perform @ Jefferson

Our students did an awesome job on their musical this year. With an animal theme and winter in the air, these kids were excited to put on a show this week. We are very proud of them and would like to thank Mrs. Hector for all of her talent and time coordinating and rehearsing with all of these students. Way to go Willow Creek students.
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In our reading class we are working on realistic fiction and the elements that make a fiction story seem "real". We will conclude the fiction reading unit after winter vacation. Please take some time over the break to read with your child.

Social Emotional Learning

As part of our first grade curriculum, we incorporate activities to build team work, cooperation, and self confidence. An activity that we worked on this week was working with small groups to create designs using 2 dimensional shapes. Here are a few photos to show the amazing designs the groups came up with.

Happy Holidays

I would like to take a minute and wish all of you a safe and healthy winter break and holiday season. I hope the new year brings you everything you and your family need including health and happiness. It is a joy to work with your children each day. I am always amazed by their growth and independence throughout the year. Take time to relax and visit with friends and family this holiday season. Thanks for your continued support.