Tonight, your child will bring home his/her very first reading homework. Please be sure to celebrate reading with your child by having your child read this book to you!
Please be sure to return the book, bag, and paper on Thursday. We use these books daily and your child will need the book.
If you have not returned the Internet Usage form or the HAY RIDE permission slip, please do so by tomorrow.
I have added two new pages. One is a listing of our Unit 1 Sight Words. The other page links to our school site and to our Technology Quick Links. Your children will soon receive their Reading and Math Password Cards.
We are reading some fun stories about life on Farmer Brown's Farm.
Today we used a sensory box to see if we could use our senses and what we know to figure out what vegetables and fruits were in the box. Your child is welcome to bring a New England fruit or vegetable to put into the box.
Some of you received some paperwork regarding the use of the internet. If your child was in our school last year, it is very likely that you have already completed it. But, if your child is new to NBCS, and you have not yet filled out the Internet usage agreement, please send that back. If you have any questions about it, please give me a call. It is important that this be filled out in order for your child to access the technology portions of our curriculum.
Harvest Festival is Friday. A permission slip for the hay ride went home today. Please fill it out and return it ASAP. I've copied it below. We could also use a large pumpkin! Please let me know if you are able to do that.
Please remember to pack a large water bottle for your children. They are doing a great job with the heat. Hydrating frequently is helping!
*************Permission Slip below...in case you need another copy. ***********************************
Fall into Fall with Readiness and First Grade!!
We wanted to send a reminder that on Friday, September 29th from 8:30 to 11:00, we will be having our Fall Harvest Festival! The festival will take place down the hill at the town hall field. The children will be participating in a pumpkin obstacle course, fun harvest relays, pressing apple cider, and a hayride. We will also have a visiting musician helping us to learn some folk songs. Please have your child dress in warm layers, including jeans and sneakers.
If you are able to volunteer for any time during the festival, please contact your child’s teacher if you have not done so already. We look forward to having a great morning! Below is a permission slip for the hayride during the festival. Please sign it and return it by Thursday, September 28th. Thank you!
My child, ____________________________________, has permission to take the hayride around school grounds on Friday, September 29th, 2017.
Next Friday is our Harvest Festival. We are in need of apples, Harvest Mums, and some hay bales. Please let me know if you are able to supply one or more of these things.
This week we focused on writing about our reading. We also worked on writing our own stories. We learned that writers write from their experiences. We have some great stories!
Be on the look out for your child's first reading homework. This will come home on Wednesday. Information on what to do will come home with your child!
We are working on naming our numbers. Especially tricky is the differentiation between the "teens" and the "decades" (20, 30, etc.) Many kids say thirty for the number 13. When counting with your child, please keep this in mind.
Count, count, and count. By 2's, by 5's, by 10's, and even by 3's. Make counting fun and help your child to recognize the sequences and patterns!
Apples, apples, everywhere.
We learned about apples and used our senses to ask and answer scientific questions.
We played an Apple Picking Tally Game. Our task was to see which apple we picked out of the basket most frequently. Red, Yellow, or Green. We will play again tomorrow to see if our results are the same.
We read a non-fiction book about apples. We learned some fun facts along the way.
We used pencil erasers to paint apples too!
Back to School Night is Tonight!
Two butterflies hatched today. We now are observing some Painted Lady Caterpillars! Be sure to ask us what makes an insect an insect!
We are learning to be writers. Our focus is on developing ideas. We learned that writers write from their experiences and about things they know.
We are comparing numbers and becoming familiar with numbers to 20 and beyond. Please have your child count things by 2, 5, and 10. We are also working on the confusions between the teen numbers and the decades...(10, 20, 30...). Many children will say 40 for 14. These two words sound similar, and it is tricky to discriminate. We are working on it!
Back to School Night is tomorrow. I look forward to seeing you and talking to you about our days. This is a night for Parents/Guardians, but not for students. I will begin speaking at 6:05 and I will speak for about a half-hour. I will be available after for any questions you may have.
The Curious Caterpillars continue to do a fine job of learning and growing.
With 8 days of school completed, I am seeing a big difference in the comfort level of your children.
Routines are becoming familiar, and they know what to expect!
We have been doing many activities to learn each other's names, and they are starting to use each other's names when addressing one another! This is a big step towards building new friendships. Some that may last a lifetime!
Be sure to ask your children what makes an insect an insect! We created insects today. The children had to make sure their creations included the following characteristics:
The PTA is looking for one parent/guardian from each classroom to organize the PTA Theme Basket fundraiser. This person would organize items and the putting together of our classroom theme basket. This is a big fundraiser for our PTA. If you are interested in being our organizer, please let me know, and I will send your information along to the PTA chairperson.
Information went home today regarding our Readiness and First Grade Harvest Festival. This is a wonderful memory-making event. Please let me know if you can help with donations or by volunteering to help on that day.
I am almost ready to get the Class Contact sheet out to families. Many of you put your information in for me during the Meet and Greet, and many of you sent in your information. In all cases, I would feel better if I had a signed paper indicating that you are okay with the information you gave me being shared with class families. I will send out a permission slip tomorrow. Thank you.
Please join me in the classroom on September 19th at approximately 6:00 to learn about our classroom. This is not a night for the students to join in. It is a parent/guardian only event.
I will share with you our classroom academics and you will have an opportunity to learn about our reading and math curricula.
The time stated on our school calendar is 6:05. I will begin talking at 6:05, and it should run about an hour or a bit less!
I hope to see you!
We are learning each other's names, and today, we received our class name. We are the "Curious Caterpillars".
Today we wrote our own version of The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Be sure to ask your child what he/she had the hungry caterpillar eat. That caterpillar ate some pretty large portions of some pretty crazy things!
We read the book Chrysanthemum. We then planted Chrysanthemums in our class garden.
In math we are practicing moving fluently along the number line. We are using the words "more", "less", "up", and "back" as we practice making number line hops. Next week we will focus on counting strategies and patterns, such as counting by 1's, by 2's, by even numbers, and by odd numbers.
Have a wonderful weekend.
There are 3 basic rules that your child will hear throughout our school...
Be safe, be respectful, and be responsible.
Your children are learning many routines to help them navigate their school day. At the core of these routines are these three rules. Safe - Respectful - Responsible
We are learning to be Bucket Fillers. Please ask your child what it means to be a Bucket Filler. For more information on Bucket Filling, I recommend the books, Have You Filled a Bucket Today? and How Full Is Your Bucket?
If you haven't yet signed up for a phone call (see previous update), I'd love an opportunity to share your child's first few days of school.