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Friday, August 31, 2012

Newletter


It was another wonderful week in first grade!  We are really getting the hang of our daily routines.  Don’t forget that NEXT Friday all Passport orders are due.

Handwriting and Shaving Cream Fun
You might have heard your first grader mention that we used shaving cream this week.  We did and they loved it!  We have been working on our handwriting and forming letters correctly.  Everyone had their own pile of shaving cream that they spread on their table spot to practice writing letters correctly.  Letters are formed from the top down and then we sorted the lower case letters based on the first movement a writer makes when they write the letters.  The first movement was either a curve (like the letters a, c, d, f, g, o, q, s), a stick (like the letters b, h, i, j, k, l, m, n, p, r, t, u), a slant (like the letters v, w, x, y), or an across movement (like e and z).  Down below you will find the verbal prompts that we used in class.  It is so important for letters to be formed correctly because it is more fluent and efficient. It will also prepare them for when they begin to learn cursive.  Don’t be afraid to get some shaving cream and practice at home!


Dates to Remember
  • Monday, September 3rd - No School - Labor Day
  • Friday, September 7th - Passport Fundraiser Ends
  • Tuesday, September 11th - School Picture Day
  • Wednesday, September 12th – Room Parent Meeting
  • Thursday, September 20th - First Annual Open House
  • Monday, September 24th - No School - Teacher Collaboration Day

Reminders
·        Look for order forms for school pictures in the Friday Folder

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Grade 1 Gazette August 24, 2012

Grade 1 Gazette

We have had a wonderful first full week of first grade!  We are getting to know each other and building our classroom community.  We already know what a terrific group of first graders we have!  We are so impressed with how quickly everyone has begun to learn our routines.  

Lots to Learn - Reading

We are in the midst of learning our reading routines!  We've begun building our reading stamina and are practicing with books in our book bins!  This week we discussed how to find a smart spot in the classroom to sit in during reading time so we could do our best concentrating!

Our focus this week has also been the importance of pictures in a book.  We know the author and illustrator work together to tell a story with pictures and words.  To get our brains ready for a book we should take a picture walk.  When we take a picture walk we carefully look through all of the pictures and prepare our brains for the story.  We make predictions about who is in the story and what will happen.  By taking a picture walk we are more apt to understand the story better and decode tricky words we encounter.  Ask your child to take you on a picture walk, we know you'll be impressed with the details they notice and the predictions they make!

Dates to Remember

  • Monday, September 3rd - No School - Labor Day
  • Friday, September 7th - Passport Fundraiser Ends
  • Tuesday, September 11th - School Picture Day
  • Thursday, September 20th - First Annual Open House - Look for an invitation in the Friday Folder!!
  • Monday, September 24th - No School - Teacher Collaboration Day

Reminders

  • Friday folders will be sent home every Friday, please take a few minutes to look through it.  Some papers will be for you to keep, others will be for you to complete and return to school.  
  • Look for the Passport Coupon Book in your child's Friday Folder.
Thanks!  Mrs. Russo, Mrs. Jackson and Ms. Phipps

Monday, August 13, 2012

Welcome Back!

Welcome to our Blog!

Our pencils are sharpened, backpacks packed and our boy are we excited to get this year started!  Don't forget to help your child decorate their First Grade Friend.  Your child can bring their First Grade Friend project to school anytime before August 24th so we can display them!

Also please be sure to complete the parent survey!  I'm looking forward to getting to know you and your child and this information will help me best teach your child this year!  Thank you!!