Sunday, September 16, 2018

September News

Important Upcoming Dates:

Thursday, September 20th-DIGGER DASH!
First grade will warm up at 9:10, and our Race Time is 9:25-9:55
*This year, we are Mrs. Roon's Fast Cats!  
Students are encouraged to wear cat ears.*   

Friday, September 21st—No School 
(Teacher Professional Development Day )

Thursday, September 28th and Thursday, October 4th—Fall Conferences
 Click here to sign up for Parent/Teacher Conferences ! I look forward to sharing with you!

October 6th-14th—FALL BREAK

A Peek into Our Classroom:

It has been so fun to get to know the children in our classroom!  We are working hard to learn rituals and routines to make our busy day run smoothly.  Students are building stamina and independence across our day, while learning how to be kind, caring and responsible classmates.  Here is a peek into our current curricular learning along with suggestions to support your child at home in each area:

Reader’s Workshop

We are focusing on….
* finding “good fit” books to read and building our reading stamina
*building good habits to use every time we read!
*decoding strategies to help when we get stuck on a word
*thinking strategies to help us understand and interact with texts (i.e. how to make connections)

You can support your child at home by….
*Prioritize nightly reading of just right books!
*Go to our Reading Tab for a detailed break down of all the good habits, strategies for solving hard words, and thinking strategies we have taught so far. Use these resources to support your child at home!
*Ask students to tell you how they know books are a "good fit."
*Ask students to tell you about their reading goals and the strategies they use when they get stuck.
*Help your child find “good fit” books to read at home.  Continue to read aloud to your child, especially when they are interested in texts that are too challenging for them right now.  
*Talk about your own thinking as you read together (i.e. this reminds me of…., I wonder if…..) and encourage your child to do the same

Writer’s Workshop

We are focusing on….
*Learning the steps in the writing process
  --Think of an idea
  --Plan (Touch and tell, then sketch)
  --Revise (add details)
  --Edit (check spelling and punctuation,
     using our word wall, what we are
learning about spelling patterns, and
our best first grade strategies—
phonetic spelling is still expected
and OK!)
*Small Moments Writing
  --We are learning how to write
narrative moments that focus on
small moments from our day.
 Instead of a huge “watermelon
story,” such as a trip to Disneyland,
we are learning to stretch out small
“seed stories”—such as riding on
Splash Mountain.   

You can support your child at home by…
*Asking:  What small moment stories have you been writing?
*Helping your child generate good ideas for small moment stories (i.e. remember what happened when you lost your first tooth? That would make a good small moment story!)
*Help your child with their Words Their Way Spelling homework and have them notice these words in their writing
*See the writing tab on this website for more!

We are focusing on….

*Counting, quantity, place value and the structure of the base-10 number system.
*Tools and Strategies for addition and subtraction
*Explaining our thinking and solving problems in different ways

You can support your child at home by…

*Review the math tab on my website for lots of ideas and more information about our math approaches.
*Playing the math homework games together and encouraging your child to share their thinking by asking, “how do you know?” or “what strategy did you use to find that answer?”
*Continue to practice counting by 1s, 5s, 10s, and 2s to 120.  Once students are fluent, have them try starting at a number other than 1.
*Make story problems for your kids, such as “We are having people over for dinner.  One family has 6 people, one has 5, and we have 4. How many plates will we need?”

Social Studies/Science

We are focusing on…

*Communities and Citizens, specifically about what it looks like to be a member of our school community
*How to Go for the GOLD (Give Respect, Own your Actions, Listen and Learn, and Do Your Best) in different places in the school
*How to be a kind, caring, and helpful community member

You can support your child at home by…

*Ask your child to teach you about what it looks like and sounds like to go for the GOLD at school
*Ask your child about kind things they have done to “fill others’ buckets”
*Continue to talk to your children about what it looks like to be a kind, caring, responsible member of a community

Coming Up Next...

Science--We will be moving into our Science unit on Pebbles, Sand and Silt *We will be focusing on the process of inquiry and understanding rocks as earth materials and natural resources.  *Exploring, sorting, and experimenting with pebbles, sand, silt, and rocks of other sizes and types

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