Woohoo! Not only did we survive the first week of school, but I have to say, it was pretty awesome! First of all, let me say THANK YOU to all the parents who donated supplies to our classroom. I am blown away by your generosity. Because of you, we will be able to do many fun activities, giving your child opportunities to learn in different ways! Again, please know how much I appreciate your support! :)
This week, we took time to get to know each other, learn classroom procedures, and warm up our brains after a long hot summer! I noticed many wonderful things this week. I watched shy students open up and form new friendships. I saw students in the class become leaders, eager to help their classmates and teacher. I saw students curious and excited about the year to come! It makes me so happy to have such a great group of students.
Reading: The Tempe School District has adopted a new reading curriculum. Each class in first grade is assessing our students to make sure we are effectively using our new curriculum to meet everyone's needs. We will begin short vowel a next week, along with learning about main idea and supporting details in a story. Please look out for a spelling list coming home in the red folder on Monday. Thank you for patience next week as we are finishing up our assessments, and encourage your child to do their best!
Math: We will be working with teen numbers. The focus will be on the fact that teen numbers are made of 10 plus another number.
And so on... We will be using 10 frames and unfix cubes to make sure each student is having a hands on learning experience.
Writing: This week our focus will be Personal Narratives. We will be planning our writing using a circle map, and attempting to write 4 complete sentences. Of course the students will be illustrating their work with a detailed picture.
Social Studies: We will be focused on what it means to be part of a community. Whether it be classroom community, neighborhood community, or family community. We will be doing activities that make the students more aware of the things around them.
Grammar: Our focus this week will be nouns. We will be doing various activities that allow the students to identify nouns as a person, place, thing, or idea.
*We have PE on Tuesdays and Thursdays, make sure your child has appropriate shoes on those days.
*The "First Week Homework" person outline is due next Friday, 8/15.
*Look for spelling and a few other homework items in your child's red folder on Monday.
*Sign up for Rover PTA if interested.
I am looking forward to next week, and I hope everyone else is too! Reinforce the great behavior I saw this week by reminding your child about respect. Ask your child this week how they showed respect in our classroom, I am sure you will be very impressed by their answers! Let me know if you have any questions, thank you!
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