Sunday, August 26, 2018

Week 2

Dear Families, 
We have an exciting year of learning ahead! Our first few weeks of school will be focused on building our classroom community, establishing routines, and procedures. Take a look at the photos below of students reading our new classroom books, playing math games, and getting to know each other through games and our All About Me bags.

Thank you for sending hats, water, healthy snacks and lunches, and your well rested children! 

Our timetables have been revised, so please take a look at the Grade 1 schedule here on the blog. 

Here is a peek at next week:

Literacy: Students will be reviewing alphabet letters names and sounds. Next week, students will review the letters: /s/, /a/, /t/ and /i/. Our sight words are I, we and it. We are beginning the year by building good reading and writing habits. We will establish rules and expectations for reading and writing, being independent learners in a partner setting as well as working with partners to become stronger readers and writers. 

Handwriting: Handwriting in first grade is where students solidify their handwriting grip. We are working on building stronger fine motor skills to help us with our grip and writing stamina. We are also working on correct letter formation. "Top to bottom, left to right."  You can help your child build stronger fine motor skills by using tongs at meal times, asking them to cut paper into confetti into a container, or squeezing a soft ball in their hand.

Math: We will continue counting, reviewing the concept of a number, and reading and writing numerals. Our first unit focuses on Counting and Comparing.

Social Studies/Science:  Students will continue developing a stronger classroom community and learning how to be a good student and friend.  We will spend time thinking of our classroom expectations and rules.

PE: An AISB athletic uniform is available and optional for grade 1 students. During swimming, students will need a swim suit, towel, and flip flops both days. If your child is unable to take part in PE on a particular day, please send an email to Mr. Ba at aba@aisbmali.org and cc me jgibson@aisbmali.org

Thank you in advance for all the support you will provide during the school year! A successful year is when students, teachers, and parents work together in partnerships. I am here to discuss any concerns or answer any questions. You may contact me at jgibson@aisbmali.org anytime. I look forward to a wonderful year together!



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