First Grade News

Find out what's happening inside our classroom.

Wow! I can't believe we've finished our second full week of school.

I'm SO excited that our first grade year is off to such a great start! :) This is the first monthly newsletter that I will send to you in order to help you stay connected to your child's learning. If there's anything that you feel is missing from the newsletter that would be helpful for you to know, please let me know and I'll add it to each newsletter. Thank you so much for all your work on the home front as together we partner together to educate your child.

Monroe Elementary RULES!

What are our school rules?

The students are doing a great job with our classroom routines and rules. I'm already seeing signs of independence, which is so great! The students have "jobs" in the morning that they must do and I have "jobs" in the morning that I must do. We are all responsible to work together as a team in 1st grade.

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The students and I have been working hard at learning and practicing these rules. These rules apply in our classroom, the lunchroom, at recess, and at our Specials.

In our classroom the students have to be Ready to learn by making sure their eyes are on me, mouths are quiet, and their bodies are sitting and calm whether at their desk or on the carpet. I help the students remember how to be ready by saying "Stop", "Look" and "Listen". As soon as the students hear my voice to get their attention they must "stop" what they are doing and "look" at me ready to "listen" to what I have to say.

The students are Responsible in the mornings to unpack their book bags, check their take home folder for notes/money, turn in their homework, choose their lunch on the lunch chart, hang up their book bags/lunch boxes and begin their morning work. Also, the students are Responsible to pack up their book bags at the end of the day with their homework and take home folder inside. The students are also Responsible to do their classroom jobs.

The students are Respectful when they quiet their mouths and listen to me when I'm speaking. We also show respect by listening and not talking while others are talking. This rule is something we are currently working hard at to improve upon each day.

The students are Safe by not running in the classroom, hallways, or lunchroom. They are also being safe when keeping their hands to themselves.

The students are doing a great job at putting these rules into practice. I wanted you to know what the expectations are in order to review them at home with your child.

What will your child be learning at our class meetings?

Every Day 6 during WIN (What I Need) time, we will be having class meetings. There will be some days where Mr. Leopold (Guidance Counselor) will come into our classroom to lead our meetings. Ask your students about our first class meeting where we discussed interrupting. We read the book "My Mouth is a Volcano" by Julia Cook that is about a little boy named Luis who is constantly interrupting others when they are speaking. The book refers to his mouth as a volcano that erupts when he has very important words to say. The students enjoyed this book and seemed to make the connection between a volcano erupting and our mouths erupting and interrupting others. We talked about strategies to use to keep our "mouths from erupting" such as raising our hands, closing our mouths, and taking a deep breath. Ask your child to share with you what they learned from the character Luis in 'My Mouth is a Volcano".

Daily 5

The Daily 5 created by Gail Boushey & Joan Moser (2006) is a literacy program designed to create literacy independence in elementary students. I am implementing this in our classroom this year. There components of Daily 5 are: Read to Self, Read to Someone, Listen to Reading, Work on Writing, and Word Work. These components are taught one at a time with focus lessons and lots of practice. The idea is that while I am reading with a group of students in our guided reading groups, the rest of the students will be participating in the Daily 5 independently.

We have started with "Read to Self". The idea is that the students will be able to read independently by themselves for approximately 20-30 minutes each day. It is important for the students to be able to read independently in order to become better readers. We are learning what Read to Self looks like, sounds like, and feels like in our classroom. We are building our stamina minutes at a time. We started at 3 minutes and we've worked our way up to 9 minutes so far. Ask your students to tell you what their jobs are while they do Read to Self.

This week I will be introducing the students to "Word Work". During Word Work the students will be practicing how to spell their weekly Word Wall Words (spelling words) in meaningful hands-on activities. Each day there is a specific activity that the students must do and then there will be other activities the students will choose to do. Ask your child what they learned about "Word Work" this week. :) Your child will be practicing how to spell their Word Wall Words in class each day, but it would also be very beneficial for your child to practice how to spell the words at home. I won't have specific homework for the Word Wall Words, however, there is a list of ways you can help your child practice their words located on our classroom website under the tab "Word Wall Words".

Math Homework Will Begin THIS Week! :)

The students and I have been practicing our math routines in class over the past two weeks. This week your child will be bringing home their blue Math Homework book to complete one page of homework. Your child will circle the page of homework that they need to complete each night. I will also have the homework page posted on the Homework Calendar located on our classroom website for you to refer to.

Right now our main focus in math is on finding the number partners/pairs for the numbers 4-10. In class we are using counters and break apart sticks to show how the numbers can be broken apart in different ways to equal the same total. For example the partners of 4 are 1 and 4, 2 and 2, 3 and 1. Another way to refer to "partners" is the "facts" for each number 1-10. The students have been doing a great job with our math focus! :)

Scholastic Book Club is here!

Our class loves to read! Scholastic Book Club is a wonderful way to order books for your child at a great price.

It's easy to order! Simply sign up online at the link below. Enter our class activation code: H8KWD. You can choose from hundreds of book titles by looking at the online catalog or the monthly flyer that will be coming home. Submit the order to me by the date listed on the website. When you submit an order online our classroom earns a free book and so do you! :)

When will my child be learning how to use the Seesaw app?

This week it is my goal to model how to use the iPads and Seesaw. Your child will be assigned to one of our 6 iPads. Your child will be using the purple, blue, pink, green, black, or red iPad. I will show your child how to sign-in using their lunch number and how to access and use Seesaw. Stay tuned for pictures of the work your child is proud of each day.

Stay Connected!

I will be using Seesaw, e-mail, and monthly newsletters to communicate with you. Please let me know if you are unable to access the internet or would prefer communication be sent home in your child's folder. Communication is very important to me, so I want to be sure I am best meeting your communication needs. Thank you so much for your support and partnership! :)

Bus Numbers

We have been working hard at memorizing our bus numbers over the past two weeks. In an attempt to help the students memorize their bus number, I put a photograph of a bus that includes each child's bus number onto their desk for the students to continually see. It would be very helpful if you could please work with your child to memorize their bus number at home. Perhaps slip it into casual conversation. :) I think we will have our bus numbers memorized in no time if we are both talking about their bus numbers. Thank you so much!