Writing is a very difficult activity at the grade one level. * The children must use all of their knowledge of letter names and sounds to sound out words they…
Dear Parents and Students:
Welcome to a new school year! We will have fun, learn new many things, and enjoy time exploring, discovering, and growing.
Our first unit is sorting and patterns. We have discussed how we can use different attributes to sort objects (colour, size, shape, number, special feature, and position). We will use these attributes to sort and describe collections of objects. From there we will begin to create simple patterns. The children will be expected to describe their patterns using the attributes that are being studied. At home, have your child build and describe patterns to you.
All of the children will receive the first reader and matching word cards the first week of school. Please help your child to learn the words in order. Examine the back of the reader to find the order in which the words are presented. If your child recognizes all of the reader sight words (can say all of them within one minute) then the second reader will be given. Continue to read stories aloud to your child. Discuss the stories and explain any words that your child might not understand.
The home reading program will begin at the end of term one. Your child will bring home a bag, a selection of books, a recording sheet, and instructions. Encourage your child to read a little bit every day. Watch to see that your child is choosing books that are a little bit challenging but easy to read for the most part.
Your child could also read books from home and should include these on the reading list in the home reading bag.
During the first term, the students will be reviewing the initial consonant sounds. Some homework practice sheets will be sent home for homework. Please mark their homework and send it back to school promptly. As you mark your child’s work, you will see the mistakes or areas of difficulty. As well, you can help your child immediately correct any mistakes. We will also begin the short vowel sound for the letter a.
Spelling tests occur on Fridays this year.
* For spelling we use the Dolch Word Lists. The Dolch words are the most common English words used in reading.
* Your child must learn to read and spell every word.
* Each child should be able to read the whole list within one minute by the end of each term.
* The complete list of words will be sent home. If you do not have a copy please send me a note so I can provide one.
THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR HELPING YOUR CHILD SPELL AND READ THE DOLCH WORDS. This helps them in their reading and writing so much!
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*When children make mistakes on spelling tests, the difficult words are reviewed on future spelling tests. We want to help children experience success.