About 10 Minutes Daily
We are currently teaching the (First Grade) GOMath! curriculum.
- Students will have homework (Monday-Thursday only) that will be returned to school each day in their black Homework folders.
- Homework will be reinforcement of what was taught during instruction. We ask that you encourage your child to do the thinking (while you assist by reading directions and gently guiding in the right direction). Engage your child in conversation about the concepts on his/her homework.
Please keep in mind...Children benefit greatly from discussing "how they know," not just "what they know!"
- Please have your child practice answering math questions independently. Then, check his/her responses for accuracy.
- Since we teach math one year ahead, your child may, or may not, need some extra help in the beginning of the year when concepts are new. Even if the homework "seems easy" for your child, it is important that you check over each assignment ....for the duration of the year (for completeness and understanding).
*All homework should be completed in pencil unless directions specify "to color."
Reading and Language Arts
15+ Minutes Daily
- Daily reading to, and by your child, is very important for the development of reading fluency and comprehension. When you read together, your child should concentrate on the details of the stories: setting, plot, characters, problem and solution, author's purpose, theme, mood and more. Often times, children who love to HEAR stories, love to READ them as well!
- Our biggest job (as parents and teachers) is to help our Kindergarteners FALL IN LOVE WITH READING!
- As your student begins to read on his/her own, it is most beneficial to use a combination of "child reading" and "adult reading" to keep your child interested and excited to read.
- Don't forget to discuss what you are reading with your child and ask questions such as: What was your favorite part? How do you think the character(s) felt? How could we change the end of the story? * Use our Bloom's Taxonomy question stems (provided at conferences) to help you generate questions that go deeper.
- In early winter, Half Day Kindergarteners only, will receive an "at home" WEEKLY BINGO sheet in their Thursday folders. BINGO sheets will need to be completed by the student, signed by an adult, and returned the following Thursday.
- Your child will also receive occasional worksheets, related to our Core Knowledge Language Arts program, in his/her Homework and/or Thursday folder. The worksheets are for "home enrichment only" and do not need to be returned.
- In January, we begin WEEKLY SPELLING. Students will receive a list of words, each week, in their Thursday folders, and are tested the following Friday.