Grade 1

Mrs. Radford

The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.

Important Announcements

Dear Parents and Students:

Welcome to grade one for the school year 2021-22.  We are just getting to know one another and our first two weeks have been very successful with “getting to know you” activities.  During this first bit of grade one, we have been reviewing some of the skills learned in Kindergarten.  The students have been responsive during discussions and have come up with good ideas.  It is important in grade one that students feel confident to make mistakes and take a chance.  “Let me know what you are thinking!” is an important encouragement for all students.  We learn from our mistakes as well as any correct answers.  Students will be given many opportunities to be a leader during class activities.  Students should come to understand that we are all teachers to one another.  As we experiment, give answers, and try different activities with partners, we are teaching others to think, try, and learn.  We are looking forward to watching the students grow in self-confidence, responsibility, and kindness.  Our Catholic Schools Theme this year is:  One Family, Hope in Christ!  As a loving family, let us support one another so that our children grow in faith, hope, and love as Jesus taught us.  Wishing everyone a happy and successful year in grade one!


As a team, we can help each child succeed this year.

Kind regards,

Mrs. Radford


We are now working in our second unit–numbers to 20.  The students must be able to count orally forwards and backwards 1 to 20 and 20 to 1.  As well, all students must be able to recognize, name, and print the numbers to 20 without reversals.  Watch that students are printing the teen numbers correctly.  Often the digits are reversed (e.g. 16 is written as 61).  During this unit, the students must be able to count out a set of objects correctly to match the numbers to 20.  The students should touch, move, and count accurately when creating a set of objects.  We will also work on ordering the numbers to 20, estimating groups of objects using groups of five or ten as a reference, and recognizing simple arrangements for the numbers to 10.  We will practice counting forwards and backwards to identify 1 or 2 less and 1 or 2 more than a given number.  At home, do a brief review of the numbers or count out sets of objects for extra practice.  Thank you!



We will begin using the first grade one reader very soon.  The reader is called “Sun Up”.  This reader introduces the children to beginning sight words.  The children will be given a set of sight word cards which they should practice every night.  Please look at the back of the reader to see the order in which these words are introduced.  Study a few words at a time so that the children do not become discouraged or overwhelmed with the prospect of remembering so many words.  Sight words should be identified automatically before moving on to new words.  However, reading is not identifying words but rather the meaning of the story in which the words are found.  It is not enough to learn the words.  Students must be able to discuss the events of the story and identify the main idea (what is the story about).  As well, students should be able to identify the feelings of the characters and what caused the characters to feel this way.  When reading and discussing stories, we ask the students to draw on their own experiences and make connections to what has happened in their lives that may be similar to the events in the stories they read.  The Bookmark Reading Series lessons include phonics, word recognition, and comprehension questions and activities.  These activities include: identifying the main idea, making inferences (finding answers based on the clues in the story), sequencing (putting events in the correct order to match a story or a logical order), and cause and effect.  Please help your child read at least one reader story a night.  As well, continue to read aloud to your child/children from books that interest them and books that are above their own reading level.  Introduce them to new vocabulary and explain any words they do not understand.  Reading is essential!  Reading is fun!  We help instill these important attitudes by demonstrating them ourselves.  Enjoy watching your child/children grow and improve!

The Home Reading Program will  hopefully begin in November.  Encourage your child to read at least two books a week.  If your child is choosing books that are consistently too easy or too hard please let me know right away.  Over the term, you should see your child reading slightly more difficult books as time goes on.  The students should be able to read most of the words in the books they bring home.  They should be sounding out unknown words (not all words can be sounded out), using the pictures for clues, and reading over the sentences to make sense of what the words might be.  Keep reading aloud to your child as well from books above their reading level.  Explain any words that your child might not understand.

In phonics, we are now reviewing the alphabet letter names and sounds.  When phonics tests are sent home, please look carefully at the letter names or sounds your child had difficulty with.  Review and work on all of the difficult phonics skills so that your child is better prepared to advance during reading lessons.  Phonics homework will be sent home from time to time as extra review of the letter sounds.  Please mark these pages before sending them back to school so that you can see how your child is progressing.  When completing phonics homework, the students should only print with a pencil and only print the lower case letters.  After our review of the letter sounds, we will begin studying the short vowel sounds for a (cat), i (sit), u (up), o (not), and e (pet).  Knowledge of the short vowel sounds is essential for sounding out simple words.

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.


This helps them in their reading and writing so much!




Spelling Test:  Friday, October 22:

Group One:  down, come, find, jump, like, look, make, me, my, not

Group Two: big, was, the, good, can





*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.

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