Week of September 10

Hey guys!!!  We are off to such a great start.  I hope the kiddos came home talking about baking soda and vinegar!!!  Just a few things to let you know what has been going on in Firstie land.  TESTING, TESTING, TESTING  The first few weeks is all about learning where your sweet babies are and where we need to start this school year.  I know some of the books they are bringing home may be too hard/easy but at least we are getting them in the habit of reading every night again.  Hopefully after this next week we will get to start actual guided reading and they will come home with a book on their level of learning.  I will add to their Reading Adventure as we go along.  I will be sending their first little set of graded papers home tomorrow so you can get a glimpse of where they are.

Spelling:  This is a big week for our Firsties!  They will be taking their first spelling test on Tuesday.  It is a “story line” test and then a dictation on the back.  We will do a spelling preview tomorrow so you can see what your sweetie needs to work on.  The words are a review from K so hopefully they will do great on them.  The words should be in their planner and they are the first 10 words in their spelling word list in their Reading Adventure.  the, of, and, a, to, in, is, you, that, it  After the test, these words will be highlighted and I will hold the kiddos responsible for spelling these words correctly in all areas!

Math:  I will be sending home their first homework on Tuesday.  I TRY to send math homework home on Tuesdays just so you can see what we are doing in math.  I will be totally honest, in a perfect world you will see homework every Tuesday, otherwise, I do have them write in their planner when they have math homework.  We are working on addition strategies (using your finger, number path, counting on) and we will begin number order and patterns in numbers.

Phonics:  We have focused on short vowel and short vowel families.  The next two weeks we will focus on long vowels and long vowel families.  I want the kiddos to remember word “chunks” or families as they read.  (at, and, ake, ug, etc…)

Writing:  We are learning what good writers do and look for.  Punctuation being a stop sign when you write.  What gets a capital letter.  What a good writer does and looks for.  We have started building our “writing stamina”.

Science/Social Studies:  We will wrap up our Author Study on Kevin Henkes and we will begin learning about primary colors and what happens when you mix them.  Yay a cool science experiment will be waiting on those babies almost everyday this week and for sure next week in research.

Please feel free to contact me any time!!!!!!!!!

 

Week of August 26th

Helloooooo my Firstie parents!  What a great first week we have had.  It has been a lot of remembering the CHAMPS guidelines and procedures, classroom rules and procedures, and just learning new friends.  I am so ready to get this learning year started.  This week we will begin logging notes and things in our planners, we will begin to bring books home, and studying words that will help us become awesome readers.

Spelling words for the next two weeks are: the, of, and, a, to, in, is, you, that, it.  These are review words from Kindergarten so they should be pretty easy for our sweeties.  Please make practice fun for example: let them write them in shaving cream(this is a great cleaning tool) sticks in dirt, air writing, writing on your back then theirs to try to figure out, etc…

Reading:  I was planning on sending home their reading journals this Monday but I got a little behind so it will be Tuesday before reading logs and journals will come home,  However, on Monday they will pick out a self choice book to bring home.  Beginning Tuesday, I will send home  a red reading journal with awesome “tools” for our readers to get started.  Please read the note (more encouragement to come) and read with our sweeties.

Math: We are reviewing number concepts and beginning number talks.  These kiddos are going to grow so much this year!

Science/Social Studies:  We will begin an author study on Kevin Kenkes that focuses on good character and friendship.  I will be doing a science experiment with the kiddo on Friday that goes along with this concept.

Writing:  This week we will be focusing on what makes a good writer and the characteristics of a good story.

As always, if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact me!  I already love your sweet kiddos!  This is going to be a great year!

 

 

First Week of First Grade

I am so excited to begin a new year with your sweet Firstie!  We try to take it kinda slow the first week but still let then know what First Grade is all about.  Today we introduced a station, the first 5 sight words, the math stations and writing.  We will focus on each of these things all week long.  I am loving my new Firstie group!!!!

End of year

First of all, let me thank each and every one of you for letting me be a part of your babies journey.  I love your kiddos as if they were my own and LOVE each and every milestone we get to cross together.  Your sweeties have worked so hard this year and have come so far!  Please take advantage of the amazing program that the Longview library is offering this summer to keep your kiddos going.  I have also sent home a sight word book for them to work on.  My heart is so sad that tomorrow is our last day together but it’s also so full knowing that they are truly ready for 2nd grade.  I’m not done with your sweeties as I follow them and there progress for years to come!

Now, I’m going to leave this right here.  Please let me know if you’d like a copy!  I love you guys so much!!!!  Grow on my sweet Firsties grow on!

Last 2 weeks of school

WHAT????  I can’t believe this year is almost over.  These kiddos have grown so much and are sooooo amazing!  I want to thank each and everyone of you for the Teacher Appreciation gifts last week.  Y’all went above and beyond to make me feel special and it worked!!!

This week we will learn about inventors and learn that we can become inventors too.  This week is always such and eye opener for me as to what they can come up with and create.  I am asking y’all to send anything random you can think of.  Toilet paper or paper towel empty rolls, balloons, foil, string, shoe or cereal boxes, etc…  If they come home and say I need…it’s true! (haha)  I am also in need of empty water bottles, cooking oil, and alka-seltzer tablets. (we are making “lava lamps”)  If you can help out with any of these things I would greatly appreciate it and so would these sweeties.

We will also finish up our study on clouds and do an experiment with that!

Next Monday is our last full day of First Grade:( Tuesday and Wednesday are half days for the kiddos.  I am soooo going to miss this amazing group of Firsties.  They have such awesome hearts and have grown to be such good friends.  I love each and everyone of them!!!!

Read-a-Thon

Well…I told y’all I’d forget something.  The Read-a-Thon is a great fundraiser for our littles.  It is our way of earning a little money by making them feel that they are making a big difference by doing what they love.  You all got a sheet of paper Friday with your students code to log in.  When you sign them up they get to choose a free prize which always makes their day.  From there, you can share on FB, Twitter, etc…, people can then click on your kiddos picture (that you share) and donate to their Read-a-Thon.  The more money each child earns for their reading the more prizes they will be able to pick.  I will log a reading session each day here at school and you can log additional reading sessions at home.  The kids really get so proud of how much they read that it makes them want to read more!  This is the only fundraiser White Oak Primary does and it really benefits us greatly!!!  Please take the time to sign your student up and help them make a difference for our school by reading.

Thank you for all you do each and every day!!!!

Week of April 30th

WOW!!!!  That’s all I can say is WOW!  This year is flying by.  I can’t believe we are almost to May.  Your kiddos have been working so hard.  I feel so blessed each day to be a small part of their lives.  We have a lot going on over the next few weeks.  I am going to try my best to mention it all but I feel like I’m going to forget something.

Wednesday of this week, May 2nd, we will be having class pictures taken.  The cost is $10.00 for an 8×10 and 5×7 funny shot.  This is a great keep sake for them and you.  We will be sending an envelope home today for you to send back with your kiddo.  You have until this Friday to order.

We are having our final spelling test tomorrow on the following words: way, find, water, may, use, long, little, very, after, words

Math:  We have been working on double digit addition and subtraction without regrouping, three addends, and 3 dimensional shapes.  This week we will  work on fractions, 1/2, 1/3 and 1/4.  We will also work on expanded notation.

Phonics:  We are just reviewing a lot of things throughout the year that seem to be giving us a little trouble in our writing like sneaky “e” at the end of words, vowel combinations (ay, oi, oy, etc…), and those blends.

Writing:  Our focus is still on beginning-middle-end of stories.  We are really struggling with getting those details in our stories.  I have hit punctuation pretty hard with them so hopefully that’s starting to show up.  Using capitals in the right places and when writing I.  We are starting to get there I think.  You will see another graded writing sample come home sometime this week.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns please don’t hesitate to call me!

Zoo Trip

I sent a note home today with a few little notes to help our day go smoothly tomorrow.  I made mention that the zoo is not allowing outside food for parents.  Today Kindergarten went and said that they had no issue with parents bringing lunches in backpacks.  I will leave that up to your discretion!!!  Kindergarten also had some trouble with parents getting through the gates because there were so many schools there.  I’m not sure how many schools will be there tomorrow but it took some parents over an hour to get through.  You may want to leave ahead of us to get your ticket or order your ticket online if you plan on going with your Firstie.  The admission is free for your child so no need to send money, but if you would like for your kiddo to feed the birds ($1.00) or feed the ducks ($.50) you may want to send them with a little.  Please do not feel obligated as I want this to be a stress free, fun trip!  Please feel free to text or email me with any questions.  I can’t wait to spend a fun day with these kiddos!!!!

Zoo Field Trip

Just a reminder that we will be going to the zoo this Wednesday.  Please make sure your kiddo is in comfortable shoes and is wearing a White Oak shirt (if you have one).  To help make the morning flow smoothly, please put your child’s name on his/her lunch and drinks.  I put the drinks in a cooler so they are cold when they go to lunch.  I will be separating the drinks from the lunch.  Remember if you are going, your kiddo still has to ride the bus to the zoo but can ride home with you afterwards.  I will have a sign out sheet with me.  I can’t wait to have some fun with these sweeties!!!

Week of April 2

Hey guys!!!!  Hope everyone had a fantastic Easter with family and friends.  I can’t believe we are down to our last weeks of school.  This year has FLOWN by!  Your kiddos are doing so great.  I am so proud of them!

A few notes before we move on to what we are learning about.  Your student should have brought home a note today for our field trip next Wednesday.  I need this form back as soon as possible.  This note will serve as their permission slip to go and let us know how many lunches might be needed from the cafeteria.  If I do not get this form back, they will not be allowed to go.  If you have any questions please feel free to contact me.  The first round of STAAR testing will begin next Tuesday and Wednesday (this is why we are vacating the building on Wednesday) so you will be unable to eat with your kiddo on Tuesday.  We have to keep it as quiet as possible for our upstairs friends.

Spelling:  We will have a spelling test tomorrow on the following words:  no, make, than, first, been, its, who, now, people my

Math:  Please continue to work with your kiddos on time and counting a collection of coins!!!  We are really focusing on number patterns (skip counting) by 2’s, 4’s, 5’s, and 10’s.  We are also starting double digit addition without re-grouping.

Writing:  Our big focus is on, as it has been, making sure our stories have a beginning-middle-end and that we use our imagination.  We will chart what gets a capital letter and what punctuation person I need to use. We have talked about these things all year but I will be holding them accountable for these in the last 9 weeks.  I have really had a hard time this year getting these sweeties to just use their imagination and write, so the mechanics (punctuation, talking marks, commas, etc..) have not been too much of a focus for us.

Science/Social Studies:  We are learning about the amazing state of Texas over the next two weeks.  We will learn the capital, regions, state symbols, where things can be located, and neighboring states.