This past week, we have started learning subtraction. Do not get alarmed if this is hard at first for your first grader. Subtraction is a very abstract and hard concept to learn! Any fact practice with math flash cards or math fact games on a tablet will help your child conquer math a little earlier!
We have been learning blends and short and long sounds in phonics, but in the month of October, we will start learning digraphs and sneaky e. I have given two spelling tests so far and the students have done an amazing job with these. I have opted not to send a spelling list home but I do work with the students on these words through the week. This process allows me to see if the students are learning how to spell the words using spelling tactics without memorizing the words. If this process does not continue to be successful, I will revamp it, but as long as it is working as well as it is, I will keep it in place.
We have started using graphic organizers to help us write stories. This past week, we wrote stories about aliens. They are currently hanging in the hallway, but they will come in soon. We have also been using comprehension tools to help us understand what we are reading. We have a comprehension ball, comprehension dice, and comprehension spinners. The students love these methods and I am seeing great results with listening and reading skills!
I stayed late on Friday and decorated the room for fall. We are currently learning about the seasons, so this is great timing to focus on a new season! I also hung up the behavior chart, so the students should start having a color on their assignment book everyday. We are in full swing now, with students of the week starting last week and mystery readers on the schedule! Below is a picture from Friday when we made scarecrows with our prayer partners. You should have seen the mess in the room after that! There was straw everywhere - what fun!