Dear First Grade Families,
Hello, my name is Judy Moy. I am so excited to meet you all and welcome you into first grade in just a few weeks! First grade is a year filled with opportunities to make new friends, become increasingly independent, and of course, learn so much! In our classroom, we sing songs, solve problems and puzzles, and read lots of interesting books- from non-fiction books to exciting stories.
This will be my fourth year teaching first grade at Peck Slip- and cannot wait to start our year together. Outside of the classroom, I enjoy walking around New York City and working on arts and crafts projects. Some of my favorite things are dogs, tropical plants, and sunny days at the beach. This summer I had several small adventures including visiting a close friend in Philidelphia, trying out rock climbing, and berry picking in New Jersey. I hope to hear all about you and your summer adventures when we meet.
If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to email me at email@example.com
I will be checking my email beginning September 2nd.
I’m looking forward to meeting you soon!
At Terhune Farms in New Jersey.
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This week marks the end of our first month together in first grade! We have spent the last 15 school days learning about each other, reading new books, and sharing our hopes and dreams for the year to come.
Beginning in October, the school day will be filled with more new activities. These activities will ask your child to be more independent, responsible for their own learning, and reliant on their peers and classroom tools to complete their jobs.
First graders have been practicing reading quietly and independently for up to 11 minutes at a time every morning!
We have discussed what kinds of books interest us as individuals- whether by genre or topic.
Also, first graders are also practicing finding “just right” books- which don’t feel too easy or too hard, and have just a few tricky words.
When encountering a tricky word, students have been relying on four helpful strategies when reading, displayed on their reading bookmarks.
Soon, we will work on how to partner read, retelling, and stopping to make predictions as we read. First graders will also begin book shopping for
their own books every week as well as bringing books home every night to read.
First graders were very excited to begin writing as soon as they entered the classroom!
Students have practiced quiet and calm independent writing; constructing imaginative fiction stories and informational non-fiction pieces. First graders also spent some time making lists, photo collages, and drawings that reflect their hobbies, interests, and things they love. These references will help in the planning process as first grade writers begin the first unit of personal narratives.
First graders have also been using a checklist to ensure that they are producing their best writing work. The checklist helps first graders stop and review their written work, through rereading and editting.
In math, we have been looking closely at some math tools, many first graders are familiar with from kindergarten, including ten frames and the bead string.
The class has also been working on playing a wide range of math games. These math games require first graders to manage supplies like number cards and a recording sheet while also computing.
First graders were also eager to share the math facts they know from kindergarten. These math facts are number sentences that first graders confidently know and can keep in their toolhouse all year. As we further study number relationships, their math facts inventory will increase to all the doubles up to 10+10, as well as combinations to make 10, such as (7 + 3, 6 + 4).
Social- Emotional Learning
Every morning, we begin our day with a morning meeting. First, everyone sits in a circle and the class goes around greeting the “neighbors” on each side of them. Next, we participate in a class activity- which may be a game, puzzle, or song. Then, we conduct a share, where everyone or one child has a chance to share with the class a response or thought. We end the meeting with me reading the daily schedule, and the class reading the daily morning message.
Morning meeting helps start build the foundation for a positive and focused day; every child is greeted and acknowledged, and has a chance to interact with their classmates.
We have also been sharing read alouds that guide discussions about individuality, community, and emotions. This year, we will be revisiting these topics quite often, as first graders learn to work together, and to self-reflect one’s effort and work.