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:
Thank you to all those parents who came out for Parent/Teacher night last week. It was so good to meet many of you! Please remember that I am available throughout the week if you have any questions or concerns. Just write a note and send it with your child or speak to me at the end of the day when the children are dismissed. As a team, we can help each child succeed this year.
Our first unit of sorting and patterns is coming to an end. We have built patterns with two or more attributes (colour, size, shape, number, special feature, and position). The students should be able to describe the pattern, identify the core, and name the core. As well, the students have practiced how to transform the patterns using a variety of attributes. From time to time, please review patterns with your child. Our next unit is number concepts for the numbers to 20. Students must recognize and print from memory all of the numbers to 20. The children must be able to count out objects correctly to create sets for these numbers. We will be introducing place value using tens and ones for the numbers to 20 as well. There are many skills to be worked on in this unit. You will receive number cards as well as dot cards that can be used for automatic recognition. Thank you for all of your help.
All of the children have the first reader and matching word cards. 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. Most of the students have received the second reader. Many will continue to do comprehension lessons in the Sun Up reader. The children should only bring home one reader. They should bring home the most difficult reader to practice at home.
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!
#5–Friday, October 12–
Group One: for, down, funny, in, is, it, jump, little, look, make
Group Two: come, find, funny, down, for
#6–Friday, October 26
Group One: blue here me my not one play red run said
Group Two: blue good away funny go help
*When children make mistakes on spelling tests, the difficult words are reviewed on future spelling tests. We want to help children experience success. If necessary another spelling group will be created.