Welcome to first grade! This is an exciting year for the students and me as together we create a community focused on respect, responsibility and resourcefulness. These "3 Rs" permeate all aspects of our classroom. Students are given numerous opportunities to practice fundamental work habits, social behaviors and problem solving skills. They are encouraged to be partners in the many educational choices made throughout the day. Our goal is to establish a classroom where everyone feels safe and free to wonder, explore and share their ideas.
First graders discover that they are readers, writers, scientists, mathematicians, anthropologists, theologians, artists, musicians, athletes, linguists and techies. We study phonics, learn sight words, write various kinds of stories, listen to, read and comprehend all genres of literature. We develop number sense and apply problem solving skills and become fluent with money, time, fractions and geometry. We learn about communities, maps, animals, rocks, nutrition and economics. We discover how technology can help us in our educational journey. We read, dramatize and reflect on the Sunday gospel so that each day we are reminded that our lives are guided by faith.
I welcome the opportunity to walk with your child as he/she grows socially, emotionally, spiritually and academically.