Language Arts: Houghton-Mifflin
Math: Scott Foresman
Social Studies: Scott Foresman
Art: Art Vistas
First grade is an important time to begin learning about responsibility. Homework is a great way to learn how to be responsible for completing and returning assignments on time. This year's homework will include spelling and reading. A kindergarten expectation is that students will be able to recognize and read the first 100 sight words. In first grade, the expectation is raised. Students are required to be able to spell the first 100 sight words. Spelling will be a weekly combination of the first 100 sight words and words that follow various spelling patterns that we learn. Each Monday, the spelling words can be found on the back of their blue reading logs.
The final aspect of first grade homework is Family Fun Bags. More information on that will come home soon. They will start coming home in October.
There are two computer-based programs that are at your child’s level. The math one is called Jiji Math and the language one is called Lexia. More information is to follow, but I recommend that you have your child do each once a week.
Once in awhile, I might notice that your child could use more help on certain concepts. If you find blank work in your child’s Thursday envelope, those are for extra learning opportunities as you see fit. The sheets do not need to be returned to me.
Your child’s completed school work will be sent home in their Thursday envelope. Please take some time to sit down with your child and look over the school work with him/her. This lets your child know that you value their education. Praise him/her for his/her successes and hard work, but also look at areas where he/she can improve.
Lietz has a program that we call “Flexible Grouping”. These are flexible reading groups where we meet the needs of our students the best we can. Your child might be in all of the reading groups throughout the school year, so do not be surprised when they come home and say they have a new reading teacher. The kids can “flex” into a reading group, and back out again depending on the needs of the student. We meet as a reading team each Wednesday to discuss the needs of all students and make adjustments as necessary. Your child’s success is #1 on our minds!
Accelerated Reader (AR):
Accelerated Reader is a reading comprehension program that we start with some students in first grade. A few of the students got introduced to it in kindergarten but still, most first graders are not ready for it. I introduce the program to the students when they seem ready. There is an assessment that I give numerous times a year to assess whether your child is ready for the program or not. If they do not get up on AR until the end of the year, it is because they were not ready before. At the end of the year, some students will still not be ready for it. Each child is different. They will have the rest of their Lietz career to jump onto the AR program and start earning points! FYI: the AR points reset each school year.
To see if a book is on AR you can refer to the Lietz website. There is a link there to the “Accelerated Reader Book Levels”. Once I get your child up on AR, they are welcome to read books at home and take AR tests during silent reading.
Report cards are issued three times during the year. Parent conferences are held in October and March.