First Grade

First grade is an exciting time as children embark upon new adventures in the world of learning.

This is a year of important transitions, as well as one in which acquisition of new skills is accelerated. First graders develop fundamental work habits, appropriate social behavior, problem solving and decision-making skills and of course academic skills. I hope to make the first grade learning experience a fun and exciting one, and I hope to instill a love of learning that will last throughout their years of schooling.

So much happens in First Grade! Because of this, parents as well as children may have some apprehensions about what will happen. It is extremely important to keep in mind that we all build on small successes. Each child will progress at his/her own rate, acquiring skills as he/she is developmentally ready. Maintaining each child's self-esteem and building a secure foundation for future growth will always remain a priority in our first grade. Here are two ways you can help:

  • Celebrate your child's success, no matter how small it may seem. This will keep your child enthusiastic about learning and proud of their work!
  • Read to and with your child every day, if possible. The more your child is exposed to language, the easier it will be for him/her to incorporate new skills in reading and writing in the classroom. 

We begin our day with reading. After our “whole group” lesson, students settle into our Daily 5 structure of independent learning. Each student has ample time to practice independent reading and writing at their level. Students have books in their book boxes, which they have chosen from our library during our book shopping on Monday morning. The books they choose are books they are interested in and at their independent reading level. Students have an opportunity to write in their journals or finish writing they have begun in our language arts hour. Other students are working with the teacher in a small group or individually at this time. First Graders love Daily Five time. Success in reading and writing comes from lots of time to practice what we learn.