Sunday, September 14, 2014

Dear Parents,
It was delightful to have so many of you join me last week for the second opportunity of Back to School.  I apologize for the computer mix-up – it was a quick fix, once I had a chance to think about it; the screen setting on my computer somehow ended up on a private setting! 

I continue to be impressed with the work ethic of your children.  They all try their best and are willing to take “chances” when we are working on a new skill.  This is a wonderful forecast for a successful year!

A thought as our country seeks to provide leadership in this ever changing world: Let us take a few minutes to pray for those who find freedom a struggle and to give thanks for the freedoms we have.  We should strive to remember that we are all equal in God’s loving eyes.

Have a blessed week!

Mrs. Pam Claytor

This Week in First Grade

Religion: We are beginning to develop an understanding of what being a Catholic means. The children will recognize the crucifix as a sign of Jesus, understand that our parish community gathers in church to celebrate Mass, and realize that Jesus is with us when we pray with our church community.

Language Arts: Phonics work - Blend sounds to decode words, identify rhyming words   Vocabulary – read memory words like, to, of, no, was, put, said. Understand meaning of closet and puck. Comprehension skills – associate pictures with words, use prior knowledge, draw conclusions, and answer questions about a story. Writing skills – Spell memory words: like, to, of, no, was.  Write sentences about a new snack.  Grammar – understand dialogue punctuation, form exclamation and question marks. Listening and speaking- listen for details in a story or song.
***Please have your child work on the bolded vocabulary/memory words.

Math: Skills covered this week include: introducing addition expressions and number sentences, making up stories about joining, adding in any order, and  problem solving using objects. If you would like to preview or review any of these lessons with your child using the Pearson Realize website, please note that I expect to be reviewing on Monday, then on Topic 1, lesson 1-5 on Tuesday, 1-6 on Wednesday, 1-7 on Thursday, and 1-8 on Friday.

Science: We will work on understanding that a model is a representation of an object.  A scientist uses a model when exploring questions and answers about a topic.

Social Studies: We will continue to explore the meaning of community as we discuss what it means to contribute to the well-being of our family (being a helper, following rules, etc.)

Monday, September 8, 2014

Dear Parents,
I wanted to share with you what a delightful class this is.  The children are polite, eager learners who genuinely care for each other.  Our discussions have demonstrated over and over what a cohesive learning community we have together.  This is a testament to the wonderful job you are doing modeling and sharing what appropriate interactions look like!

I am looking forward seeing you at the HSA meeting tomorrow (Tuesday) evening.  I will be sharing information regarding the enVsions and SuperKids online access as well as demonstrating what your child’s homework will be like this year. There will be two, twenty minute sessions to cover this information: 6:30-6:50 and 6:50-7:10.

Psalm 95
Come, let us bow down in worship;
let us kneel before the LORD who made us.
For he is our God,
and we are the people he shepherds, the flock he guides.

Pam Claytor

This Week in First Grade

Religion:  We continue to explore the understandings of being part of a Catholic community.  The Character Counts! focus on Thursday will be on being responsible as we choose to serve.

Language Arts:  We continue to work in the Welcome Back book.  The children will be reviewing letters and the sounds they make for: k/qu/j/y/z/xn/m/p/v/w/vowels;  they will blend these sounds to decode words.  The phonemic awareness component will have the children associating sounds with letters and identify rhyming words.  Their writing skills will be practicing handwriting and writing labels for pictures, making a list, using a graphic organizer to organize writing, and contributing to a class list.  A spelling practice focus will be to encode letters for initial sounds, encode medial vowels to complete names, and encode words in word families. There is no official spelling list as we are reviewing word families.  The listening and speaking work will be to listen for details in a song and story and follow oral directions.  In grammar we will work on identifying nouns.

Math:  The topics covered this week will continue to focus on the overall goal of understanding addition.  We will work on recognizing spatial patterns for the numbers 1-10 (as seen on dice for 1-6 and in dot combinations to make 1-10).  We will also look at ways to make 6, 7, 8 and 9.
Sample dot combinations
as seen on dice:

Science:  We continue to work on understanding the skills needed to raise questions, seek answers and give reasons when exploring concepts.  We are currently focusing on the use of the five senses to answer our questions.

Social Studies:  The children will be learning about being a member of a community: the need for rules, sharing jobs, unity, and diversity. They will connect the same needs of a community with those of being part of a family.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Dear Parents,
     What a wonderful  first week of school we had!  The children are eager to please and to demonstrate what they know.  
      It was very nice meeting all of you (or welcoming you back) at our meeting last Monday.  I enjoyed reading about your child’s interests, which you shared with me on a card.  The children beamed with delight as I shared their favorite things with the group.
     I hope to be updating this site on a weekly basis, usually on the first school day of the week.  Please look for information below to guide you in conversation with your child on what we are working on.
     Thank you so much for the trust you have placed in me and St. Augustine School in teaching your child the ways of God and their first grade education!

My soul is thirsting for you, O Lord my God. Psalm 63
You are my help,
and in the shadow of your wings I shout for joy.
My soul clings fast to you;
your right hand upholds me.

Have a blessed week!
Mrs. Pam Claytor

This Week in First Grade

Religion:  We will be discussing how it feels to be part of a family and making a list of ways we belong.  We will then identify the Church we belong to as the Catholic Church. Our Character Counts! lesson this will cover the pillar of responsibility.

Language Arts:  We are in a review mode as I determine how the children have grown in their reading skills over the summer.  The children will demonstrate their understanding of the letters of the alphabet and the sounds related to them. They will blend sounds to decode words.  The comprehension skillwork involves associating pictures with words and the use of prior knowledge when reading.  The children will have a review of handwriting procedures, which they may continue working on at home.  They will generate ideas before writing, through illustrations.  They will write a sentence to describe themselves. (Look for these in the hallway soon!)  The listening and speaking skills covered include listening for details in a song and a story.  Grammar skillwork involves using complete sentences and understanding how to use capital letters and end marks in sentences.

Math:  We are working on the topic of addition.  The children will be assessed for prior understanding as we begin the process of reviewing the skills they acquired in Kindergarten.  Watch for a special note to come home later this week explaining the vocabulary that we will use.

Science:  We begin with defining who a scientist is and what they do.  Safety procedures will be discussed as well.

Social Studies:  We will work on understanding the meaning of community as it relates to our classroom and school.