Homework
      Homework suggestions will now be part of the weekly letter. These suggestions will match the current learning in the classroom. 

   Your family will determine if completing homework works for you. Many first graders enjoy showing their parents the new skills they are acquiring. 

   Playing games together teaches turn taking, good sportsmanship, as well as, skill knowledge depending on the game chosen.

  Reading together offers your child the chance to snuggle, share ideas and develop new concepts and vocabulary. If your child has not shown interest in this activity, try using a photo of your child as the story. "Here is a picture from the time we went to the lake. What do you remember about that day? I remember..."

  In the car...when my sons were little, they often argued during car rides. To distract from this, we would take turns offering equations to see who could solve them fastest. By the time they were in 5th grade, the equations were 4 steps. Both of my sons acquired careers that rely heavily on their knowledge of math. This same activity could be done with spelling words or trying to answer riddles.

  Math

        Math homework provides practice with counting, place value, addition and later, subtraction facts. The goal is for students to know the facts quickly without the need to use fingers.      Additionally, students that can tell how they solved an equation in multiple ways exhibit a strong foundation in early numeracy.

 The website IXL.com has a complete math program that allows students that want to progress at a quicker pace to do so.


Suggested games:

Connect 4

Othello

Shut the Box

Skip Bo

Uno

Quirkle

 

 

 

 

  Reading

         Books at your child’s independent reading level will be sent home on Mondays and are returned on Fridays. Some families prefer to exchange books more than once per week. That is fine, just let me know.

   First grade is the only grade that has 10 reading levels. All the other grades have 3 levels. Children that practice reading at home and school find it easier to progress through the expected levels. Students start the year reading a few lines of larger print and end the year in beginning chapter books! 

Spelling

 There are 100 high frequency words that first graders learn to read and spell. Your child will have a personal word wall that will show the words they know and those they are learning. Posting a word of the week on the refrigerator or offering an extra 5 minutes to stay up late if the word can be spelled are fun ways to help your child as they are learning.