Welcome to the new school year---2011-2012. I hope everyone had a wonderful summer. There are 13 students in our K-1 classroom. Our day starts by saying "The Pledge of Alligience to the Flag" and our daily prayers.
Phonics---The boys and girls will be learning the sound that the letter "Ll" makes---keyword--lion. The students will be doing many worksheets to help them learn the "Ll" sound. A lion paper bag puppet will be made. Then , I will read a story to the Kindergarteners. The students will raise their paper bag lion up, when a "Ll" word is read. The "ABC's" will be said daily, along with the sound that each letter makes.
Math----The students will be learning about the terms "alike" and "same"' and "different". The students will learn how to sort objects by color, size, and shape. The "circle" shape will be studied. A poem will be learned to help the boys and girls remember the circle shape. Poem----I'm a circle shape, I look like a ball. I go round and round., and round. I'm a circle shape, I look like a wheel. My name is Circle Bill.
The color red will also be studied. The students will learn how to spell the color red by saying a cheer and spelling out the word red. Give me an "R"----"R". Give me a "E"----"E". Give me a "D"---"D". What does that spell?----"RED". With the introduction of the color and the word red and the circle---the students will be making "Clifford the Big Red Dog".
Left and right directions, the calendar, time, counting to 100, wearther and the name of the months , will all be practiced this week.
Handwriting----The boys and girls will be learning how to write the letter "Ll". They will learn that letters sit on the red bottom line, and letters do not float in the air. The students will also be taught the correct way to hold a pencil, and how to hold the writing paper, as they print. The students will also be writing the word "red" and tracing over a circle shape.
Story Time-----"Clifford the Big Red Dog" stories will be read this week---to go along with our study of "red". Other stories about the first day of school ,will also be read.
Religion----The students will start the religion book "We Believe".. In Chapter 1, the boys and girls will learn that "God Made All Things". God loves and cares for us, and God filled our world with many things.
The boys and girls will also be saying and learning prayers---Our Father, Glory Be, Hail Mary, Angel of God, Before Meal Prayer, and the Morning Prayer. These prayers will be said every morning,as we start our school day. The "Sign of the Cross Prayer" is to be said, by the used of the right hand.
Scissor Skills---The students will be doing some worksheet where scissor skills will be practiced.
Phonics----The students will be reviewing the "ABC'S" the letters and their sounds. Then a review of various individual letters will be started--starting with the letter "Nn". Some"Nn" words will be introduced.
Reading----The First Grade boys and girls will be given their first reading book , in the First Grade reading series. The students will be reading the story "The Hat". New vocabulary words will be introduced through the reading of the story and the many workbook pages to be done, that go along with the story of "The Hat".
Spelling----The students will be reviewing the sounds that the letter make. Also, the short vowel sound for the vowel "A" will be reviewed. "A"---as in apple. This week's spelling words are:an, bad, can, had, cat, and ran. This week's spelling word test will be on Friday, August 19th.
English----The students will be studying about what a sentence is----a sentence starts with a capital letter, makes sense, and ends with an end mark. The students will also be learning about the naming and the action parts of a sentence.
Handwriting----The students will begin printing in their handwriting book. They will be reviewing the correct way to hold a pencil and the paper. The students will be tracing over lines and circle, to work on their pencil control skills.
Writing----The First Grade students will be writing spelling word sentences--that they make up themselves, using the correct sentence rules--capital letter at the beginning of a sentence, a end mark at the end of the sentence, and the sentence has to make sense. The students will also be writing a sentence about their reading story of "the Hat".
Social Studies----Everyone will be learning about "American Symbols"---such as the "Statue of Liberty". Everyone will be making a "Statue of Liberty" crown and torch. The crown and torch will then be worn to lunch, so everyone will see that we are the "Statue of Liberty".