We are using the Open Court “Imagine It” series. This is a very comprehensive program. It includes language arts, grammar and mechanics, spelling, writing and inquiry. It will be very challenging for all students. There are 10 units of study and each takes three to five weeks. It will include many cross-curricular activities to keep the students engaged and excited about learning.
Spelling is included in our Open Court program. Students will be asked many times during the week to sound out certain words that directly reflect our work with the sound spelling cards. Later in the year I will start having weekly spelling work and tests. You will know this when you receive a spelling packet for homework. Please know that I will be sending high frequency words listed on the reading log. These are words your child will have to be able to read by sight alone. They will not follow any sound spellings practiced yet. These are words like; the, and, like, this, his, her… Your child will be expected to be able to read these. Make flashcards and use them.
We are using the Walking by Faith text. In first grade we will have God as our main theme. Some of the topics that will be covered are: God’s gifts to Mary, The Holy Trinity, The Holy Family, and us. We will look at how we are invited to be part of the catholic community. Lessons will cover such topics as God as our creator, and God as a human, our own families, and how we show our love for each other. We will look at the ways that God shows His love for us as well as simple ways to answer His call. During the first part of the year we will study Old Testament stories and starting with Christmas we will study stories of Jesus’ life. (New Testament)
Our text is Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. We will be looking at number sense, number relationships, patterns, addition to twelve and subtraction from twelve, graphing, measurement, time and money. In addition to the regular course work I like to use the AIMS and Peaches theme units as they add enrichment. Some of these are Bats, and Penguins and Eggs. These units use literature, math, writing, art and science to bring fun skills and concepts to the students.
We will be looking at the community around us. Open Court gives us four comprehensive units: Our Neighborhood at Work, Home Sweet Home, North, South, East and West, and Weather.
We will be using D’Nealian handwriting. I will be sending home a paper that shows what each letter is supposed to look like. (When making all lower case letters the pencil is not lifted from the paper except to dot or cross.) Please help your child make the letters “live in their places.” No letters start at the bottom line.
We use the Discovery Works texts. The units include Living things, Weather and Seasons, Solids liquids and Gases. I will be using the AIMS and Peaches theme units to help enrich the science experiences. I also will be tying them as closely as I can to the Open Court units as some of them fit very nicely together. It may not look like science as some of the concepts are very basic but we will be busy looking at the wonderful world around us.
I will be working in the computer lab to further the student’s knowledge of the computer and its parts. We have a reading program I hope to start using as soon as is possible. It is called Reading A-Z, Raz Kids. I will keep you posted as we move forward with this program. Mathletics is also available to us in the computer lab. I will send both of these programs log in numbers so you can use them at home too. In the classroom the use of technology is enhanced with the Elmo and the projector to show power point presentations and video clips to support our learning.
P. E. /Health
You may dress for Physical Education. If we have P.E. on a Mass day we will not be allowed to wear P.E. uniforms in church. Be sure to read the family newsletter to know when this applies. P.E. uniforms are blue sweatpants, polo shirts and a blue sweatshirt along with tennis shoes. If you choose not to wear the P.E. uniform you may just wear the everyday uniform.
Our P.E. day is Monday.