Hello Parents of First Graders!!!
As we move into the new year and a new semester, we are going to be doing some new things, as well as changing the way we used to do some things. The first thing I am going to be introducing is a weekly fluency activity. Each Monday I will send home a student and parent copy of a passage. Your child should read the passage for one minute each night. They need to be timed, and the number of words they correctly read needs to be recorded. Give them a few seconds to sound words out before helping them. If they don’t know a word, or if you have to tell them the word, it can’t be counted in their correct words. Record the number of correct words read in a minute’s time each day on the chart. Then, answer the comprehension question that corresponds to the day. Send this back on Friday mornings. Students will get a participation grade based on the paperwork being returned.
The second new/different thing is sight words. Each week your child will get a new list of sight words. We will have a sight word test each Tuesday (starting 1/14). After the test, new sight words will be sent home. Please go over these words each night at home. We will be going over them daily in school as well.
As always, students should be reading the weekly story in the reading book at home each night. This is something that you can do together. We will also be reading this in school, but it is important for them to read the story many times before the reading test on Friday. This will help reading test grades improve. Spelling words should also be studied each night. Our words are getting harder, and students need more practice spelling at home.
If your child is spending more than 15 minutes on a worksheet that is sent home for homework, please let me know and we can finish that worksheet at school the next day. I understand that the reading and spelling practice takes time, and I try to send worksheets home only 1-2 times a week. These worksheets, as well as the fluency, reading, and spelling, are all very meaningful and worth the time that you spend on them. Please let me know if you have any questions about anything mentioned above.