Much of a student's success in first grade is reliant upon a positive home-school connection. It is important to reinforce and apply at home the skills we are practicing each day in the classroom. Below are the main areas, as well as suggestions, for how you can assist your child from home.
To help students get a jump-start on their homework, they will have a few minutes at the end of each day to begin working. Some may finish this work at school, while others may need to finish at home. Please double-check your child's home folder and review their homework to make sure it is being completed neatly and accurately.
Most importantly, please make sure your child reads daily for at least 20 minutes. Read with them! Talk with them about their books. Model reading your favorite books. The more children see the important adults in their lives showing interest in reading, the more they will become interested, too!
Two nights per week students will bring home in their home folders individual sheets of math homework, reinforcing specific lessons from the day and reviewing various skills from throughout the year. Each homework sheet will be due the following day. In addition to our weekly math homework, please take every opportunity to practice math in the real-world. While at the grocery store, create simple story problems using items in the produce section. When checking out have your child help with counting money. While traveling in the car, practice telling time and offer various names for times on the clock (for example, quarter after for 5:15). Take every opportunity to make simple moments teachable moments!
Include your child when using writing to complete various household tasks, including creating a grocery list or thank you notes to friends. Not only will this provide extra practice, but they will hopefully understand the importance of writing in everyday life. At the beginning of the school year, a helpful guide that shows the proper handwriting strokes will be given to families. Please reinforce proper handwriting at home, too.
Beginning after winter break, students will receive a weekly spelling packet which practices 1st grade "No Excuse Words," along with challenge words. These packets will be sent home on Friday afternoons and due back by the following Friday, unless otherwise specified. Some families appreciate having extra time on the weekends to get a head-start on our homework. There will also be a weekly review in the classroom, practicing the words for the week.