The students will have snack every day in the afternoon. It will be around 2:40. They will also be able to have a milk (if you signed up for snack milk) daily during snack. The students are allowed to have a water bottle in class and will be able to refill that bottle throughout the day. Please make sure it is only water.
Reading Logs - Your child should read nightly. Reading can consist of picture walks, memorization books, reading to a younger child, or being read to by an adult. Research shows students should read a minimum of 100 minutes a week. Students will have a reading log to complete each month. The classroom expectation is for students to write down the title of the story nightly, how many minutes read and have an adult initial.
Reading All Stars
Please make sure you are practicing your sight words nightly.
As your child completes their 1st grade Sight Words, they will then be given a Fluency passage on Fridays.
Your child will receive a Home Link close to every night. These home links will coincide with the skill that the students were taught that day. Please review with your child and try to send back in the next day. We will review the home link whole group.
Reading All Stars
* your child will receive a word list. They will use this list at home. When they fully pass this list and test out with a staff member they will be given another leveled list where the words will get consistently more challenging
* Children will typically be tested by their classroom teacher but our principal or another helper may also test the students. If they pass their level in the allotted time they will be given a sticker for the hallway display. Our goal is to fill the hallway display with our All Star Readers.
* Rewards will happen along the way to show they are Reading Stars. Most importantly, your child will experience true reading success.
* I will keep you posted on your child's progress but please always feel free to reach out. I hope to challenge your child and continue to see them grow as Readers!!!
Your children will be bringing home 2 folders nightly. One folder will be labeled Take Home Folder. The other folder will be labeled Homework. Please return each folder daily.
Once a week on Thursday, we will go to the Library. Please make sure your child returns their library books each week. I would suggest you keep/ return the books in the book bags nightly. This way students will always have their books to return.
On Green days we will go to Gym. On Silver Days we will go to Art/Music.
Every week we will have a different student on our Star Student Board. I will send home a letter the Wednesday before it is your child's turn. The letter will explain exactly what you need for each day. There will also be a poster to fill out that I will display throughout the year. This will all come in a reusable bag. Please send in all items on Monday in the designated bag. There are days we don't get to the assigned activity but I promise we will get to it all by Friday. Here is a sneak peek/reminder of what the children will show each day.
Monday- The poster will be hung and all items displayed for classmates to see.
Throughout the week:
Your child/Miss Brenczewski will read their favorite story.
Your child will discuss something they "shine" at.
Miss Brenczewski will read a letter written by the family members of the student.
Friday- Your child will talk about the poster they brought in and any extra items that best describes your child.
The Poster and all other items will be sent home on Friday afternoon.
I hope that this page can help answer any questions you may have.
Whole Brain Teaching
Whole Brain Teaching is a research based system that uses all areas of the brain, keeps students engaged, and helps them retain much more information.
Whole Brain Teaching is a highly interactive form of instruction that delivers information to students in short “chunks.” Kids then teach what they have just learned to their partners, using hand-gestures to help remember specific vocabulary.
Research shows that children retain more information when they have an opportunity to put it into their own words and use gestures to emphasize key instructional units …plus, it’s amazingly fun! For more information about Whole Brain Teaching please contact me, come by for a classroom visit and/or go to www.WholeBrainTeaching.com.
Rule #1: Follow directions quickly!
Rule #2: Listen when your teacher is talking!
Rule #3: Respect Others, Respect Yourself, Respect Your School!
Rule #4: Make Smart Choices!
Rule #5: Keep your dear teacher happy!
Super Improver Wall
In our class we have a special behavior management plan titled Super Improvers. The goal for each student is to “level up” because of his or her great choices. There are 10 different levels that students will progress through.
Each student will have a special card to fill for each level. Students will have the opportunity to earn a star each day by following the classroom rules. When students complete their card , they will graduate to the next level. You will be notified by not only their excitement, but they will earn a certificate as well.
If a student has difficulty remembering our classroom rules, they will receive a reminder. I will then have a quick discussion with them to help them get back on track.