Greetings from Tr. Richelle!
In First Grade, we are so grateful for our friends. They bring laughter and joy to every day we spend together in school. Fall is a great time to romp in the leaves, feeling them crunch beneath our feet (or our bodies). The children enjoyed jumping into a leaf pile they built after collecting leaves for the school’s October Community Cares project, making beautiful placemats for our senior friends at Bellingham and Park Lane. We are looking forward to the November Community Cares field trip to the Chester County Food Bank, where we learn about the good work done there. We will also decorate boxes that will be used to deliver food to seniors. You can view a video about the CCFB to learn more!
We continue our Making a Difference theme in November by exploring how we can make a difference in our families. This theme will also allow us to compare past and present as we learn how families lived in colonial times. In December, our theme will be Light and Sound and Celebrations as we discover the things that different winter holidays have in common … and incorporate investigations into light and sound while we’re at it! January’s theme is Winter, Weather, and Solar Systems, again integrating social studies, science, math, and language arts.
In Fundations unit 4, we will be learning about bonus letters (ending consonants f, l, and s), which are always doubled at the end of a one-syllable short vowel word. These bonus letters don’t make an extra sound. In units 5 and 6, we will learn about “glued” sounds, in which the vowel sounds are slightly different than the expected short vowel sound. Examples are /all/ as in ball, /am/ as in ham, and /an/ as in fan. The concept of basewords and suffixes are introduced in unit 6, and we will focus on pluralization rules. We will explore the differences between narrative fiction and informational texts, and work on reading with accuracy and prosody (expressiveness). In unit 7, the additional glued sounds ending in -ng and –nk will be introduced.
In math, we will be doing a lot of work with subtraction prior to exploring 5 and 10 relationships. Addition and subtraction facts, first to 12 and then to 20, will be practiced. In preparation for place value work, the children will learn counting and number patterns to 120!
Speaking of math: did you know that cooking with your child can provide opportunities to practice both reading and math? As you share the holiday months with family and good friends, keep this recipe in mind:
Recipe for a Happy Thanksgiving (or any holiday!) 1 cup of Friendly Words 2 Heaping cups of Understanding 4 Full Tablespoons of Time and Patience Pinch of Warm Personality Dash of Humor Measure words carefully. Add heaping cups of understanding; use generous amounts of time and patience. Cook low~ don't boil. Add humor and warm personality. Season to taste with spice of life! Serve in individual molds.
The above recipe has 4 of the trick words we’ve learned so far (a, of, and, to), a word we can tap out (cup), and a digraph (th). Ask your child what’s special about the th digraph!)
November Dates to Remember:
December Dates to Remember:
January Dates to Remember:
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