The First Grade program increases our challenging academic approach with an emphasis on personal responsibility. Students develop decoding skills, while learning strategies to analyze literature. They understand that good readers develop lifelong habits that set them up for success. Expanding reading skills equip students to express their ideas in writing with fiction and non-fiction formats as they shift from the role of reader to writer. Math concepts are explored with a developmental sequence that includes moving from the concrete to visual to the abstract. Problem solving skills are an integral part of the program. Students develop map skills beginning with a look at neighborhood maps and later apply their understandings to a study of maps of continents and oceans. First Graders investigate a variety of American symbols such as the Statue of Liberty, Mount Rushmore, and the American flag as they discover the values and beliefs that represent our country.
First Graders begin to explore what it means to be a leader. A leader is someone who can be counted on to make good choices about their words and actions. In First Grade this message is practiced throughout the year and across the curriculum in a variety of ways. First Graders use the concepts from The 7 Habits of Healthy Kids as a model of what a responsible emerging leader looks like. Ideas such as: Be proactive, Put first things first, and Listen with your ears, eyes, and heart provide concrete examples and goals.
Another opportunity to practice these important life skills comes from our actions to “Be a bucket filler, not a dipper!” This message is modeled in two powerful books by Carol McCloud. Have You Filled a Bucket Today? and How Full is Your Bucket? Students learn that each of us carries an imaginary bucket that people can either help to fill, or dip into. Being a bucket filler is something your child will aspire to demonstrate each day at home and at school. First Graders demonstrate their leadership skills with pride as they work to become bucket fillers!
First Graders are thankful for a wonderful November! The highlight of our month was the Breakout Box that we did with Second Grade!
Here are some of the things our First Graders have been working on during the month of November:
- Independently reading workbook directions
- Strengthening comprehension skills while reading
- Listening to books on audio to strengthen auditory comprehension
- Spelling words (Second Grade curriculum) that focus on long a: a-consonant-e, ai, ay; long e: ee, ea; and long i: y, and i-consonant-e spelling patterns
- Sand, letter tiles, and shaving cream were used for Word Work to practice spelling words
- Writing for a variety of purposes and building stamina while writing during Daily 5, Work on Writing
- Using transition words while writing, such as next, then, lastly
- Thanksgiving placemat glyphs to collect data were a hit!
- Proper writing mechanics, such as: correct letter formation and sizing, appropriate spacing, and the use of punctuation
- Singapore Math- Plane and solid shapes
- Social Studies- map skills, cardinal directions, and following a guide to create their own zoo map
- Showing patience, responsibility, and leadership qualities with both our younger EC Buddies and Senior Kindergarten Math Buddies
- Project- First Graders continued to work with Second Grade for the Food Pantries and Other Donations project. Students selected a department to create, based on interest. Students then collaborated with members of their group to generate supply lists and create posters. The students also wrote letters to parents, inviting them to the big culmination in December! Stay tuned!!
- Students continued to work on team building, collaboration, compromising, and problem-solving skills.
- Archie the Eagle continues to travel home with one lucky First Grader each weekend! The student picked to bring Archie home must write about their time with Archie in an Adventures with Archie journal! First Graders must include the following in their writing: name, date, title, juicy words and details.
First Graders enjoyed learning new things during the month of November! Stay posted to see what December brings for First Grade!
- Ms. Coleman