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:
I hope you have had a wonderful summer together! I look forward to meeting you and beginning a new school year full of learning and fun.
On the first day of school, the students will receive a letter outlining some of the details about the organization of grade one. As well, they will receive an overview of the topics for term one and a daily timetable of classroom events. The classroom supplies for the students are waiting for them in the classroom.
I wish you all a very happy and successful year. God bless you!
As a team, we can help each child succeed this year.
Our first unit in math is patterns. We will start by sorting objects and identifying the sorting rule. Did we sort by colour, shape, size, number, special feature or position. Once these attributes have been learned, we will use objects, drawings, and colours to build patterns. Help your child to recognize patterns at home and in the community. Build patterns at home using a variety of different materials and objects. When working with numbers, help your child recognize number patterns. Patterns are seen in nature, in the seasons, and in the world around us.
To begin, we will review the letter names and sounds. Students should be able to recognize the letters automatically and this is a skill that should be practised daily if your child is not yet confident. Most students will receive the first reader and set of word cards during the first week of school. Help your child to practise the word cards every day and try to read at least one story from the reader. The reading series and its use is explained in the grade one introductory letter that was sent home the first day of school. Every child will learn to read at their own pace.
Once the students have learned some of the basic sight vocabulary words, the Home Reading Program will begin. The children will be encouraged to pick books of interest that they can mostly read. There are many books to choose from in the classroom collections. The books will be taken home and the student should attempt to read the book to a parent. The directions and discussion questions will also be sent home. Encourage your child to pick books that are not too easy or too hard. I will also be directing the students to appropriate reading material from the classroom. The Home Reading Program usually begins in November.
In phonics, we will review the letter sounds. Some homework packages will be sent home for practice. We want to move quickly through this review so that more time can be spent on the short vowel sounds. During September, testing will be done to identify the letter names and sounds that cause difficulty. At home, please review the letter sounds. Have your child say the individual letter sounds and identify words that begin with each letter sound. Practice helps to build confidence and confidence promotes learning.
Please note: 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!
First Spelling Test: Friday, September 13: a the sun up was
Second Spelling Test: Friday, September 20: and big can was the good
*When children make mistakes on spelling tests, the difficult words are reviewed on future spelling tests.
We want to help children experience success.
If some students have difficulty with the number of words, another spelling group will be created.
If your child misses a spelling test, please give the spelling test at home and then send the mark to school so it can be recorded. Thank you.