We had a marvelous first week of school. Your wonderful children, my students, are eager to learn and to do their best. Congratulations on giving them the support and encouragement they need to do their best!
We have worked very hard on learning the ways of first grade and will continue to do so this week. In an effort to keep from “talking” at the children all of the time, I have slowly introduced various kinds of work and interspersed the work with playful actions. We will continue to build on this “practice” for work time this coming week. One result of taking this extra time to learn how to learn in first grade is that we work at a much slower pace and I am over-ambitious with my planning. You’ll notice that the work, especially in language arts, is actually easier than what I had planned for last week, as I felt it appropriate to take a step back and review first. We are meeting the Superkids again!
Finally, thank you to all of the parents who were able to work on the St.Augustine Feast Day celebration. All of the children were delighted with the fun-filled day!
Let’s keep our light shining to give Glory to God!
Mrs. Pam Claytor
This Week in First Grade
Religion: We will be discussing belonging this week, starting with belonging to a family and moving on to the concept of belonging to a church community. The responsibilities of belonging will be shared as we focus on the Character Counts! pillar of Responsibility.
Language Arts: Language Arts: Phonics: Print awareness: identify capital and lowercase letters; Review letter sounds associate picture names with initial consonants; blend short vowels; form word families Review sound patterns: id, at, ot, it, ug, ed, est, ast, ack, ick, uck, Writing: generate ideas; write sentences Frequent use words: I, a, the, for, you, like, to of, no, was, put, said Comprehension: Use prior knowledge, answer questions about a story Listening and speaking
Math: we begin Topic 01: Understanding Addition this week. Students recognize two-part spatial patterns of numbers. They learn how the number of objects in some patterned arrangement of objects can be recognized without counting. Students recognize parts of a number as a strategy for addition. They learn how the numbers 6 and 7 can be broken into parts in different ways Students recognize parts of the number 8. They learn how the number 8 can be broken into parts in different ways.
Science: The children will be connecting the use of their senses to answering questions.
Social Studies: We will be working on the definition of community, connecting prior understandings with questions about what a community is.