Saturday, January 1, 2022

 January 1, 2022

Happy New Year!

I just wanted to wish everyone a very happy and healthy 2022. When we get back to school on Monday January 3rd, we will have our holiday party that we missed on Wednesday, December 22nd. I'm sure the kids were disappointed that we had to postpone it, but I bet they didn't mind having their Christmas break extended by a day!

The next six weeks between now and the February break are going to be very busy with a lot of learning taking place. The children will be working very hard!

In reading we are going to be finishing up theme 4. We will be working on the short u sound, blending and writing words with that sound. All of the spelling words will also have a short u sound in them. Next week we will begin theme 5. We will also start working on the long vowel sounds soon. We will work on the different ways that we can spell words with the long vowel sounds. That will be a new challenge for the kids! But I'm sure they will meet that challenge.

In math we are starting Topic 7, which works on teaching the students how to extend the counting sequence. They will work on counting by 1's, 5's and 10's. In this topic they will begin counting past the number 100. The next topic, Topic 8, will introduce place value to the children. We will work on showing numbers using place value blocks - tens and ones. We will also look at a set of place value blocks to determine what number is being shown. 

Our next writing unit that we will begin on Monday is our opinion writing unit. We will learn exactly what an opinion is and why it is an opinion and not a fact. We will work on writing our own opinions and then giving reasons why that is our opinion. This can sometimes be hard for first graders, but with practice they will get better and better at it. By the end of the unit they will be pros at writing their opinions!

In science we are going to be beginning our space unit. I love this unit! I know my first graders will, too. We will be learning about the sun, moon, stars and planets. You are going to be amazed at all of the things that they learn!

As I mentioned, it is going to be a very busy month and a half. But I'm sure the kids are up for the challenge!

Sunday, August 29, 2021

 Sunday, August 29, 2021

    Good afternoon. Here is the link to my Open House video. I hope you enjoy watching it. I'll see all of my amazing first graders on Wednesday, September1st!


Just click on Open House video and enjoy!
(You may need to wait for a few seconds until you see a black line under the word Classwork, so be patient.)

Thursday, August 26, 2021

Specialist Classes

Thursday, August 26th

     Here is a schedule of the days that the children have specialist classes. Hopefully it will help you as you are getting your child ready each day.

     Monday - Computer Lab
     Tuesday - Art
     Wednesday - Guidance 
     Thursday - Music
     Friday - Phys. Ed. and Library

Please let me know if you have any questions. I'll do my best to answer them.

Monday, August 23, 2021

Getting everything ready for you!

 August 23, 2021

      Hello from your first grade teacher! I'm busy getting everything ready to go for next Wednesday, September 1st. I have your desks all ready to go with all your supplies in your supply box. And your Take Home folder is all set on your desk, too. We'll talk all about that when you come on your first day of school. As I'm sure you already know, everyone will be required to wear masks at school inside the school building. When you go outside for recess you will not need to wear your mask, though. Just like last year, we will have several mask breaks during the day. In our classroom we will have a snack break. We will only have one snack time. I believe in kindergarten you may have had 2. I'm sure your moms and dads will help you pack a delicious snack each day! I hope I don't forget to pack mine!  


       I hope you are enjoying your last days of summer vacation. I hope you've been able to get outside and enjoy it. I can't wait to hear about all of your summer adventures! See you soon!


   Miss Gray

P.S. - An Open House video will be posted on my blog, hopefully by next Monday, August 30th. Check back in next Monday afternoon to see if it's all set to view!