Grade One is a BIG year for little readers; for most, it is a time when they solidify their knowledge of letters, sounds and word patterns and begin to develop a sense of independence through reading. Throughout the year, students will learn several reading strategies that they can use when they are “stuck”.
These strategies are posted in our classroom and are reviewed and referred to often. A copy of the reading strategies poster can be found in your child’s Home Reading Log (which will be sent home the second week of school). Parents are encouraged to read with their children every night for at least 10 minutes; during this reading time, help your child use these strategies when they are stuck on a word… It’s great practise!
In Kindergarten, students learn many high frequency words that we often refer to as “popcorn words”.
In Grade One, we review these words and then begin to learn more high frequency words that students often see when reading and need when writing. Each week, we will focus on three “words of the week”. At school, we will practise reading and writing these words daily, in a game-like format during word work time. On Mondays, the students will record the “words of the week” in their agenda. Please practise reading and writing these words with your child at home. At the end of the week, these words are posted on our “word wall” – a magnetic wall that students can access when they need help spelling high frequency words when writing.
During the first week of school, your child will get the opportunity to sit with me and complete the “popcorn word challenge”. This activity gives me the chance to see which popcorn words students (individually and as a whole group) need to review from Kindergarten.
Here is a list of popcorn words that you can practise with your child at home.
I hope that everyone has had a specactular summer. For me, it ends next week. The following week, I will be in the school unpacking boxes, organizing, labelling and preparing the classroom for my new friends. I am very excited to join the Helen Detwiler team and to learn all about you and what you did over the summer. Here is a little bit about what I did this summer:
This summer was a great one! My daughter, Ava, turned three at the end of July and we celebrated with a Paw Patrol party.
My husband, Shawn, Ava, Ruby (our dog) and I also visited the cottage a few times. We were lucky to have terrific weather so we could spend our days enjoying the great outdoors.
Although summer was a blast, I am really looking forward to settling back into routine and beginning a new school year and a new adventure with you!