I’m excited to have a full week of school with the kids! Everyone is doing a nice job learning and practicing our school and classroom rules! It will take everyone a few more weeks to get into the routine of first grade. Along the way some mistakes may be made, and that’s OK! It’s hard for a first grader to wait their turn to talk when there is something really important to be said!
Monday is our first book exchange. First graders are able to check out one book. We’ll exchange books every other day C. Our next day C is on Friday (you get to keep your book). Next week day C will fall on Thursday. That is the day the book will need to be returned to school. I would suggest placing the library book right back into your child’s book bag when you are finished reading it each night. This is a good way to make sure puppies, siblings, and dinner don’t find your book before it’s returned.
On Monday we’re going to practice our short “a” spelling words one last time in school. I’m going to surprise the kids by allowing them to write their words in shaving cream on their desks. Our room always smells so good when we’re finished writing our words. As you practice spelling words with your child, it’s good to have them say the letters out loud as they are writing their words. Get creative – write the words outside with sidewalk chalk, make some pudding and allow your child to trace their words in the pudding, allow them to hold 2 crayons at one time and “rainbow write” the words. If you are partial to Pinterest I’m sure you will be able to find many fun ways to practice spelling words!
Our spelling test will be on Tuesday. This day is always a little stressful for the kids because they don’t really know what a spelling test is. We’ll go slowly and make sure everyone feels comfortable. The kids have “privacy folders” to make their desk into a private office area, and that’s always a hit! Plus, we play a fun game called SPARKLE to review our words before we take the test! Good luck first graders! When the corrected test comes home you will see a sign and return stamp at the top of the page. Please return the test for my records. Thanks so much!
Our specials this week:
Monday, 9/11 – Phys. Ed (please wear sneakers)
Scholastic book orders are due today
Tuesday, 9/12– Art
Wednesday, 9/13 – Music
Thursday, 9/14 – Applied Engineering
Meet the teacher night – drop in to say hello to me and your child’s special teacher. The children take such pride in showing you around our room, and they have been working really hard to keep their desks neat. I told them it’s usually the first place parents look!
Friday, 9/15 – Phys Ed (please wear sneakers)
Friday is also a 1:30 early dismissal day. All transportation changes should be emailed to the office by 1:00 PM. (firstname.lastname@example.org). On days that we are in school for a full day, please contact the office prior to 3:00 PM with any transportation changes, or send a note to school in your child’s froggy folder.
I asked and you responded! We’ve got plenty of toilet paper rolls for now!
Thank you for a great start to the school year!