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First Grade Update

It’s hard to believe that it is already December!  We have been working very hard in first grade learning many new skills.

Please remember that our Holiday Musical is coming up on Tuesday, December 19th.  If you want to buy a musical t-shirt the order form is due by December 5th.  Order forms can be found online.  Mark your calendars!!


Please also keep in mind that conferences will take place the week of December 11 and 18.  Please remember that Wednesday, December 13th is a 12:45 dismissal day for conferences.  This is a busy time of year for all of us, so please try to make it for your scheduled conference time.  If you cannot make it for your scheduled time because something came up, please notify your child’s teacher as soon as possible to reschedule.  Please come with any concerns that you would like to discuss.  We look forward to talking with each of you about your child! A few suggestions for the “Red Word Book”:

Red Word Books are due every Friday with all the assignments completed.  Please read the Red Word Book with your child on a regular basis.  Remember that all the words found in this book are high-frequency words that your child should incorporate into his/her sight vocabulary as well as be able to spell.  If you want to challenge your child more, encourage him\her to use those words to write a short story.  

**We would like to remind you of the importance of reading to your child on a daily basis.  At this point, it is equally important that your child reads independently each day as well.  In your child’s Book Bag are books that are written at your child’s appropriate reading level.  He/she should be able to read 90% of the words independently.  Raz-kids is a great reading website that your child has access to.  This is another way to get them reading each week!


Look for high-frequency words found in the Word Book while you and your child read.  Point them out to each other.  Perhaps your child would enjoy making up another sentence using the word.


Suggestions for Correcting your Child:

When your child makes an error as he/she is reading, please point out the error and encourage him/her to correct it independently.  When necessary, of course, assist by providing the correction.  We suggest that you use this technique whenever your child makes an error.  


When writing, if your child misspells a word that you feel he/she should know, begin by pointing out that a word is misspelled.  Ask him/her to proofread the paper to see if he/she can find the error.  When necessary, point it out.  Try to avoid correcting the error.  Instead, ask your child where he/she can look to find the correct spelling.  The children are learning to use various sources as reference: their Word Book, their spelling book, the dictionary, a picture dictionary, a story book, a chart, the word wall, etc.  Assist your child as he/she “hunts” for the information.  Your child will learn so much from this approach of guidance!  Remember, however, that your child is not ready to spell every word correctly.  This procedure of guidance is only recommended for words that you feel he/she has read and written enough, that they should be spelled correctly.  We wouldn’t want to diminish your child’s interest in writing by forcing the issue of spelling.  


When correcting your child’s math homework, the same procedure would be beneficial.  Point out that there are “x” number of errors.  See if your child can find them and revise the paper.  When necessary, more assistance may be needed.  Just remember to give as little assistance as possible.  Providing guidance for your child to make his/her own corrections is much more beneficial.  This does NOT mean that you shouldn’t correct your child’s work.  Your guidance and involvement with their homework is crucial to their growth and academic success.  


Math:

The Family Letter for Unit 4 is coming home this week with your child.  Please read this to see what your child will be learning in math in Unit 4.  


At this time we would strongly recommend that your child begins to memorize number facts in addition and subtraction through #6 then keep on moving up to higher numbers.  We suggest that you make or buy flashcards for practice at home.  


If you have any questions or concerns regarding these or any other issues, please feel free to contact us.  We hope that you and your family enjoy a wonderful holiday season.  


Fondly,

Mrs. Jubelt