Welcome to the wonderful world of First Grade! I am pleased to be a part of your child's learning this year!
The first few weeks can be very tiring for kids. Our days will be busy with lots of fun activities and students will be working hard on building stamina. Please be sure to give your child lots of love as we adjust.
Be on the lookout for classroom news! I like to provide families with as much information as possible about classroom events, learning activities, monthly goals and important notices or requests.
Please get in touch with me if you have any questions, concerns or information you feel should be shared.
Establishing a habit of reading daily is the MOST important way you can help your child grow academically!
Why? Exposure to text increases accuracy, comprehension, fluency, and vocabulary to last a lifetime. We are not just talking about 1st grade. We are talking about when they are 80 years old. The mental stimulation the brain has when reading is even given credit for a reduced risk of Alzheimers, staying "sharp", better sleep habits, less stress, increased empathy and understanding of people, and a higher IQ (source: Neurology).
When a child has exposure to text, their brain begins to see patterns in the text and they can naturally learn to read- even without instruction. Couple this with direct instruction and a strong foundation, and your child will soar. I cannot stress enough how important reading is. To encourage reading at home, I send home reading logs. Hours read are tracked on punch cards in our classroom. All children can participate regardless of ability. A child can read or they can be read to. My goal is exposure to text.
More evidence to convince you (if you aren't already):
A helpful hint: if your child is reading, choose a "good fit book" that is their reading level (Vygotsky's Zone of Proximal Development). Reading a difficult book will result in frustration and no growth. Consider that an adult will only read a book if he/ she can do so with 99% or more accuracy. So for a 300 word page, they may not know 3 words. If accuracy drops, an adult will become frustrated and abandon the book. A developing reader needs 97% or more accuracy.