Reading: In first grade we use the Open Court Reading Program. It is an excellent program that includes phonemic awareness, reading, phonics, writing, and spelling. The majority of our day will be spent using this curriculum to teach five key reading skills that are necessary for building fluency in reading. These key skills include:
Homework is an extension of classroom instruction. It gives students additional time to practice using what they are learning in class and supports their academic/skill development. Homework also provides students with an opportunity to work independently and develop responsibility for their learning. A minimum of 20 minutes of reading each afternoon or evening after school is highly recommended and desirable. In first grade, parents should read to or listen to their child read each day.
This year we are implementing the “Clip System”. All students will start their day on green “Ready To Learn”. As the day progresses, students can move up our chart to blue “Good Choices” and purple “Great Job”. Students can also move down the chart to yellow “Think About It” or red “Parent Contact”. Students who end their day on a red lose recess the following morning.
Please make sure to check your child’s behavior calendar daily and discuss classroom behavior. If your child ended the day on red, you will find a note from me as well.