1st Grade at 270 Diamond Br Ave, Hawthorne, NJ 07506 US - The Basics
In first grade, much of the focus of our work is on building Reading and Writing skills. However, children do not necessarily learn to read and write the same way or at the same pace. We will use a variety of techniques (guided reading, self-selected reading, phonetic awareness, sight words, independent writing, leveled centers, word walls, etc.) to build their skills.
The Language Arts grades will combine work done in Spelling, Phonics and Reading. We will be working with a brand-new Reading series that will help learners on all levels.
Social Studies for this level focuses primarily on the child's role as an individual within his family, community and parish.
We do hands-on learning in Science two or three times a week. We will cover topics such as plants, insects, animals & their habitats, dinosaurs, the human body, matter, magnets, rocks and simple machines.
This year's Math expands the children's knowledge of numbers; i.e., more place values, money, time, addition, subtraction, and word problems. We are working with updated Math books and workbooks this year
Workshops and Centers are lessons that enhance the required curriculum. Workshops explore various reading and writing formats, while centers are used to review and enhance other skills. We will be working regularly with technology equiptment in the classroom--such as Computers, Leap Pad and videos.
All homework and classwork is graded. Tests and quizzes will be given number grades up to 100%. You may view your child's progress on Powergrade.
Exams and tests are usually given at the end of each chapter of each subject. Spelling tests will be given on a weekly basis every Friday.
First grade is not an easy adjustment for most children. This is the prime school year for learning self-discipline and independence;essential skills as the children move on to the upper grades. While I expect some tears now and then during the process, I also expect that the children will make their best efforts to follow the class rules. I also expect parents to support their child's work toward independence.
I am available after school during the week and by e-mail. Please make an appointment by calling the school office.