Ms. Keen, Ms. Minor,

Mrs. DeLeon and Ms. Moffett

2017-18 Newsletters

What Is My Child Learning in First Grade ?


When your child is engaging in Morning Work, he/she is:

·        Independently practicing and reviewing fundamental math and literacy skills that spiral throughout the year to gain understanding and mastery of grade level skills

When your child is engaged in Community Circle, he/she is:

·        Developing skills to build positive connections with peers

·      Learning tools for handling conflicts, how to participate in a group dialogue, how to value others and their ideas, creating a supportive classroom community  

When your child is at Math Stations, he/she is:

·        Working cooperatively and independently

·       Developing and honing fundamental skills in addition, subtraction, patterning, problem solving, estimating and predicting, graphing, telling time, counting coins, comparing, measuring, number recognition, one-to-one correspondence, sorting, sequencing, and number sense.

·       Developing strategies to tackle unfamiliar problems

When your child is engaged in Writer’s Workshop, he/she is:

·       Writing to communicate to an audience

·       Building endurance and stamina

·       Developing and refining grade appropriate writing skills, such as capitalization, basic punctuation, and spelling

·       Working through the writing process (plan, draft, revise, edit, publish)

  • Improving fine motor skills and handwriting

When your child visits Literacy Stations, he/she is:

·       Working cooperatively and independently

·       Engaging in literacy-based activities that provide opportunities to explore and practice writing, manipulate sounds and spelling patterns, reading, developing new vocabulary, retelling, summarizing, as well as building fluency and comprehension

When your child is receiving Guided Reading instruction, he/she is:

·        Learning and practicing strategies to become a fluent, independent reader

·       Building fluency and comprehension

·       Practicing phonemic and print awareness

When your child is learning about Science & Social Studies, he/she is:

·       Conducting investigations using the scientific method

·       Developing new vocabulary and exploring new concepts about our world

·       Making connections to reading, writing and math concepts

When your child is at Specials, he/she is:

·       Involved in physical activities, participating in music and movement, and developing awareness and appreciation for the arts

When your child is using technology, he/she is:

·        Working cooperatively and independently

·       Practicing basic computer functions, enhancing fine motor skills, learning how to navigate various apps and programs, and making connections to reading and math concepts

When your child is at recess, he/she is:

·       Developing oral language skills, fine and large motor skills, problem solving skills, spatial reasoning, interpersonal skills, and self-confidence


“When you ask me what I’ve done at school today,
and I say that “I just played”,
please don’t misunderstand me.
For, you see, I’m learning as I play.
I’m learning to enjoy & be successful in my work.
I’m preparing for tomorrow.
Today, I am a child and my work is my play.”