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September Information

Classroom News!

Welcome To First Grade!

September is an exciting time for first graders.  It is a time for many firsts!  It will be the first time many of them have a desk filled with their own supplies and it will be the first time some students experience a full day of school.  In addition to those exciting experiences the students come to first grade felling like old pros.  They are no longer the new kids on the block and that provides them with a sense of confidence.


We begin first grade reviewing colors, numbers, patterns, letter sounds, and word families.  Throughout the month of September I will be assessing each student to determine their individual level which will drive my instruction.  The assessments take some time and they need to be completed before we can begin our reading program.  As soon as our reading program begins your child will bring home a reading bag each night.  In that bag will be a book and some word cards to be practiced.


We will begin Writer’s Workshop right away.  We will start with the Launching Unit.  In this unit the students review the foundations of the Writer’s Workshop program.  Throughout the year the students will write many different pieces in a variety of genres.  We will have a small celebration at the end of each unit.  Parents will be invited to attend some of these special celebrations.


Another important aspect of first grade is responsibility.  The students are responsible for their actions and their belongings.  They will learn where their homework belongs, where the lunch tickets go, what to do with their lunch money, notes for me, and how to keep their desks and working space orderly.  We will work on responsibility at school, but it also helps if children are given some responsibility at home.  For example, have them pack their own backpack, set the table, clean their room, etc. 


I am excited to get to know each of your children.  I will be in touch with all of you soon!


Be sure to keep reading and practicing your numbers!