Ms. Knight's Community 1 Newsletter

Live, Laugh, Learn & Love First Grade

November 16-20, 2015 & November 30-December 4, 2015

What We're Learning...

  • Calendar/Integrated Math- Daily Graphing; Related Fact Families; Comparing Greater Than/Less Than
  • Shared Journal-Shared Experiences through Journal Writing (focusing on including more sight words)
  • Writing Mini-Lessons-Subjects & Predicates; Narrative Writing
  • Shared Reading Skills:

    -Concept of Consonant Digraph, Keywords and Sounds: sh, ch, th, wh, ck
    -(at the beginning, middle, and end of words)

  • Begin Sentence Dictations
  • Theme-Ocean: Completing Research Flipbooks

100 Book Club

  • 100 Book Club

Remember to read to your child or have him/her read to you daily. Be sure to list, check, and initial the form. Your child will be recognized and will receive a reward when each goal is reached. The goals are 15, 25, 50, 75, and 100 books! I want each child to develop a deep love for reading!

I am encouraging each learners to read more chapter books. Each chapter read in a chapter book can be recorded as one book.

  • Four learner has reached the 100 Book Club!

Math Facts Fluency Leads to Higher Order Mathematics

Parents it is so important for learners to learn their math facts. Research suggests that students who have learned their basic math facts free up their working memory for more complex skills/concepts. Learners can focus more on problem-solving and learning new information. Quite simply, the lack of automaticity delays learners’ progress with problem-solving and higher-order math concepts.

Addition and subtraction facts sheets were sent home at the beginning of the year. If you need additional copies, please let me know.

Little Patriot Pom Squad-December 3, 2015

The Little Patriot Pom Squad will perform at the PRS vs Marbury game (Girls' game) on December 3rd.

The game starts at 5, and we will perform at halftime (which will be around 5:25), but please go ahead and come at 5 so that all Little Patriots can sit together.
Please have your little Patriot wear any color Patriot shirt and jeans.

If you have any questions, email Carrie Rice at GO PATRIOTS!!!

Learning Sight Words Through Repetition

During Shared Journal, I am noticing learners are misspelling basic sight words that they are using in their daily writing. To support their learning efforts, I am suggesting the Read, Write, Say Strategy for learning sight words. Repetition is key to sight word acquisition. Learners should be given opportunities to read, write, and say new sight words multiple times. Repetitive reading of texts featuring certain sight words is a way for helping learners commit words to memory. This can also be done by helping them write their own sentences use sight words. When learners write and say words at least five times in a row, they are more likely to commit them to memory. (Read, Write, & Say)

A sight word list was sent home at the beginning of the year. If you need an additional copy, please let me know.

PRS Upcoming Dates:

  • November 23-27 - No School Due to Thanksgiving Holiday
  • November 30 from 5:30 to 8:30 - PRS Spirit Night at No Way Jose.
  • December 7 - PRS Polar Express
  • December 10 at 7:00 p.m. - PRS Band Concert