Grade 1

Mrs. Radford

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


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Dear Parents and Students:

Happy New Year!  I hope you had a most wonderful time with your children over the school holidays.  Thanks to all of the parents for your prayers, good wishes, and generous Christmas gifts!  You are so thoughtful and kind to me!  I have enjoyed the many treats with my family.  I look forward to seeing all of you and your lovely children in the new year.  Thanks once again for your generosity.  If you have any questions or concerns during this term do not hesitate to contact me or see me before or after school.  Here is to a successful, fun, and discovery-filled term.


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

Kind regards,

Mrs. Radford


Our third unit has begun:  addition, subtraction and problem solving.  During this unit, the students will be solving addition and subtraction equations and problems.  It is recommended that students at this age use manipulatives or counters to “act out” the equations and problems.  Students should be able to see that addition means joining two or more groups and subtraction means taking some away from the original group.  Students will be later be expected to draw and interpret pictures that deal with addition and subtraction.  During the problem solving questions, students must be able to identify the key words that help them identify the necessary operation (+ or -) that will be needed to solve the problems.  Students must also follow the process questions that will help them come to the correct solutions:  1.  What is the operation?  2.  What number do we start with?  3.  How many are joining up or being taken away?  4.  How many do we have in all or how many are left?  At home, encourage your child to solve addition and subtraction equations and problems with counters or by drawing a picture.



Please continue to review the word cards for the reader that has been assigned to your child.  Most children are in the third reader “Magic Afternoon” or the fourth reader “Sun and Shadow” .  Encourage your child to read one story aloud for their assigned reader every night.  It is very important that students are trying to sound out new words using the letter sounds.  As well, the students should be attempting to read many other books.  Comprehension activities continue to be taught in the readers.  The students should be developing their independent working skills during comprehension activities.

The Home Reading Program began in November.  Encourage your child to read at least two or three 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 working on the short vowel sounds.  We have worked on the letter sounds for a (cat) and i (pin).  Soon we will be moving on to u (up), o (hot), and e (pet).  It is essential that the students are able to sound out one-syllable words with the short vowel sounds.  At home, give your child one word a night to sound out.  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.


This helps them in their reading and writing so much!




Spelling Test:  Friday, January 17:

Group One:

Group Two:

Group Three:

Group Four:

*There are four spelling groups in grade one.


*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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