Mrs. Rumbolt's Grade One

January Newsletter

Upcoming Important Dates:

-Friday, Jan. 8th: 11:30am dismissal day

-Friday, Jan. 15th: 11:30am dismissal day

-Monday, Jan. 18th: Book order money due. Book orders will be sent home next week.

-Friday, Jan. 22nd: 11:30am dismissal day

-Wednesday, Jan. 27th: Dress up like your favorite book character

-Friday, Jan. 29th: NO SCHOOL

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Table Talk

This is where I share a few things that we have been learning in class, great discussion for at the dinner table (hence “Table Talk”)!

1) Sight words- Thank you so much for your at home practice of these words! REPETITION AT SCHOOL AND HOME IS KEY AS THESE WORDS ARE OFTEN TRICKY AND NOT MEANINGFUL! Please make up index cards at home and practice, practice, practice!

2) Math- In math we are working in depth with numbers 10-20 (printing, building, counting, comparing sets, dot collections, etc.). As we move into teen numbers, emphasizing the group of ten in the number is very important. For example in the number 12, there is one group of ten and two ones.

Adding/subtracting- Please present opportunities for practice in daily life. As we move into subtraction, the skill of counting backwards becomes very useful. Please practice counting backwards from 20-1 during car rides, while timing your child to clean up, etc. Be creative! :)

100 Day: The 100th day of school is quickly approaching (February)! This is a BIG event in grade one! Ask your child how many days we have been in school. We have been keeping count every school day. Stay tuned for information coming home regarding this exciting day!

3) Science- We are continuing to discuss seasonal changes. We will begin our "Building Things" unit soon!

4) Letters/Sounds- Continue to review weekly letters/sounds listed in the "Practice Page". Ask your child the action and character. Please note, we are getting into some more difficult sounds now. Please review the letter combinations that go with the sound at home.

5) Writing- We are now writing in JOURNALS ... how exciting! Ask your child what 5 things they must check in their sentence before moving on to their drawing.

-Capital at beginning

- Punctuation at the end

- Spaces

- Does it make sense?

- Sizing of letters

Ask your child what an adjective is? Have them come up with one adjective for their favorite stuffie!

6) Words their Way- W.T.W. sorts come home every Friday. Have your child review their sort with you. Each child is working on their own specific sort that is at a good fit level for their learning needs (hence why it's called words their way).

7) Reading- We are continuing to practice solving unknown words while reading with a partner, as well as reading in small groups with me. Please encourage your child to be independent in solving unknown words, you only helping as a final strategy. Please refer to "Ways to take Action" bookmark while reading with your child, for a variety of strategies we use in the classroom.

Ask your child who our "Author of the month is"? ... Paulette Bourgeois (..writer of Franklin books)