I would like to take this opportunity to welcome you to First Grade.
THE FIRST GRADE PROGRAM
READING: The children will be reading books from a literature-based program. This program is designed for the children to read, write, listen, talk, and think about literature and life. It involves them in active conversations with books, authors, and most importantly, ideas, images, and each other. It is a social activity to be enjoyed as well. One initial step in the reading process is for children to practice their spelling skills. The first grade spelling program helps them to recognize and identify the sounds of letters in each word they see and to understand how words are put together. Decoding skills will develop throughout the year and are reinforced in the children’s reading and writing.
MATH: Our class environment is a place where the children engage in collaborative interactions with each other. With the use of math journals, the emphasis will be on the learning process rather than a quick right answer. The children will gain insight into numbers and link that understanding to specific skills and strategies through the use of concrete materials. It is important to surround the children with a variety of challenging math experiences. These experiences will allow them to analyze graphs, understand number operations and solve word problems by constructing a personal understanding of how mathematics is used in their world.