## Last week of September-can you believe it?

In reading this week we will work on accuracy skills.One focus will be beginning and ending sounds. Another will be to blend the letter sounds to read the word.

What you can do to support: When reading together, tell your child, "Say each letter of the word. Stretch out each sound, then put them together and say it fast. Slow down enough to pay attention to the ending sound of the word.

In writing the students will take an idea from their heart map. The student will pick one small moment, then plan their story and write it across the pages of their blank book.

What you can do to support: Continue to tell stories. Point out how everyday expierences can become stories. Touch your fingers as you tell the beginning, middle, and end of the story.

In math this week the students will express the length of an object as a whole number of units such as popsicle sticks or unifix cubes. Example: "This vase is three popsicle sticks long."

What you can do to support: Assist your child measuring everyday objects, emphasizing no gaps or overlaps.

Calendar dates to remember this week:

Tuesday September 27th:  School Picture Day and Fall Family Learning Night

Wednesday September 28th:  Grand Breakfast

Friday September 30th:  Sport – A – Thon

We are in need of volunteers for the Sport – A – Thon. If you can please sign up to help at:

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0c48aeaa2aa1fe3-sportathon2

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## Week 3!

Sept. 19-23:

What you can do to support:   The best way to support your children in language arts is reading nightly with your child and talking about the story together.

In writing we will learn how authors choose stories to write. We will be talking about our own stories and developing a heart map as a future resource for writing ideas.

What you can do to support:  Tell stories at the dinner table. When your child hears good stories, they tell good stories.

In math we will be learning to count by 2s, 5s, and 10s. We will also be identifying groups of five and ten.

What you can do to support: The best way to support your children in math is to count together and notice quantities in groups of 5 and 10.

We know this is going to be a great year together.

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## Week Two!

Sept. 12 – 16:    We are excited to get started, we will continue to learn routines and expectations as well as begin to focus on reading goals for your child. The children will also continue counting on and back.

A large goal of first grade is developing great reading skills. . The foundations of reading are often set in kindergarten, when students learn the letters, sounds, and some begin reading. First grade is the year to become true readers of both fiction and nonfiction texts.

Students will be learning to read independently every day. They are also counting by 10's, 5's and 2's.

What you can do to support:   The best way to support your children in language arts and content areas is to show your excitement for learning.

We know this is going to be a great year together.

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Note to Guardians

Congratulations! You have a first-grader here at Lacamas Heights Elementary! You will be amazed at just how much your child will grow this year. Most likely, your child has had the seeds of reading and writing planted, and during first grade, those seeds will grow and blossom, making your child an accomplished reader and writer. You will see changes in your child's thinking as he/she becomes familiar with abstract concepts and symbols too. The change will be dramatic; compare a tiny seed with a full grown sunflower. That's the kind of growth you'll see this year!

The most lovely flowers usually have the best gardener, and that's you! Staying involved in your child's education is the key to a successful year. Engage your child in conversatioon about his/her day, but know that children won't always give out much information. I will try to update this blog each weekend with classroom activities to keep you informed. The children will write a daily message in their agenda to use as a springboard for discussion. Instead of saying "What did you do at school today?" (the answer is often "Nothing.") You can say, "Oh I see you're learning about…what did you find out? After looking over the message please sign the agenda.  If you can"t find what you need here or in the daily messages please feel free to email renee.faddis@camas.wednet.edu , jennifer.clary@camas.wednet.edu or teresaschlenz@camas.wednet.edu and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

A Few Procedures

To help keep things growing "weed-free", it helps to remember our school procedures. If your child is doing something different after school please send in a signed, dated note with  your child's name and room number on it. If you are picking up your child please sign them out in the office and wait for us to walk around the building to meet you.

Lunch boxes and coats are so much easier to return to their rightful owner if names have been written on them. Thank you, your help is TRULY appreciated!