This week we celebrated the promise of spring! We are writing memoirs (memory writings) about our memories of spring. We are learning to zoom in to our writing and use strong word choices to help our readers feel that they are experiencing what we remember! This is BIG stuff for first graders!
Our Animal Dance writings are up and being displayed in the hallway. If you are in the building, be sure to check out your children's work!
Your children are writing and reading, and applying these skills daily. We are learning to be thoughtful spellers, not just for a test, but for a life time! This week we will be reviewing the long vowel a pattern. In our classroom, we use resources to support our spelling. The Word Wall, our Spell Check cards, and our reading resources are all ways we help to be accurate or make "close approximations" with our spelling. If your child asks "How do you spell _______?" Ask them to stretch out the word and put in as many sounds as they can. Then, use that as a spring board to helping your child learn about the parts that they are uncertain of. Does your child have the beginnings of the word, but having difficulty with the endings? Is your child leaving out the middle sounds? Help your child to notice the parts that they DO know, and then support them in figuring out the tricky parts.
Our Spelling Check Ins will be adding a sentence dictation component. When practicing spelling with your child, ask your child to write a sentence with two or three of the spelling words. Your child will be expected to capitalize and punctuate sentences correctly.
Ways to help children become a life time speller...
READ - READ - READ
Notice print in our Every DAY world.
Practice spelling patterns in multi-sensory ways.