July 25, 2018

Welcome to First Grade!

 Welcome to First Grade!  My name is Ms. Clair.  This year will be my 12th year in the classroom, my second year at SOAR and my second year in first grade!  I love watching young minds grow in first grade. We learn so many foundational skills!  

 

Our classroom is a wonderful place with many different learning environments within. This year we will be using a model called flexible seating. This means that we have a choice in our seating. (within reason).  Students will have a choice of seating from traditional desks to yoga balls, to seats at lower tables, tall tables and even floor desks. When designing my classroom I asked myself where my former students liked to do the majority of their work. Most of the time that is on the floor, whether it is kneeling, laying, or on a lower seat. Some students also prefer to stand while they work. There are even places for students to stand and work. 

 

This year your kiddo will go from reading 2 and 3 letter words to multi-syllabic words. They will learn to write a paragraph with at least 3 sentences, with the goal being 5 sentences. (Some will go beyond and write a few paragraphs for me!)  We will learn about punctuation, nouns, verbs, contractions, transitions and many more bits of grammar. We will learn to add and decompose 2 digit numbers, write 1-120 (at least). We will identify many shapes in geometry. We will learn what it means to be part of a community. 

 

I am so excited to start the school year!  See you soon!

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Below you will find a list of 100 sight words your first grader should be able to know upon sight by the end of the school year. 

 

Sight words are critical to reading not only because they are used so frequently, but also because many of them cannot easily be sounded out or illustrated. ... Because they are used so often it is important that readers be able to recognize these words on sight (hence the term “sight words”).

Here is a link to ideas for practicing sight words with your child!

First Grade Fry's Sight Word List

a
about
after
again
all
an
and
any
are
as
at
be
been
before
boy
but
by
can
cat
come

day
did
do
down
for
from
get
give
go
good
had
has
have
he
her
here
him
his
how
I

if
in
is
it
just
know
like
little
long
make
man
many
me
much
my
new
no
not
of
old

on
one
or
other
our
out
put
said
see
she
so
some
take
that
the
their
them
then
there
they

this

three
to
two
up
us
very
was
we
were
what
when
which
who
will
with
work
would
you
your

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