PYP 1st Grade, Dr. Nicole Montague

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2017-2018 1st Grade Supply List

April 28, 2017

Hello Parents of Fabulous First Graders!

Please keep in mind that Jog a Thon is Wednesday!  I need your permission slip for your child to run or they won’t be allowed to do so. I sent home fresh copies of the permission slip with the 11 children who have not turned one in to me. Please check your child’s backpack.

Also—don’t forget our amazing summer program! Spaces are filling up. Please check our website for details on the program and registration for your children.

Your child is engaged in the following learning:

IB: This week in Sharing The Planet, the children have learned much about the first line of inquiry. THANK YOU to Bailey’s family for bringing in baby chickens! Every child go to hold one.  Thank you to all of you who help your child research their animal for their group. As you can see from Facebook photos, your first grader is now attending class under water at the bottom of the ocean.  They had to research, measure out and create their creature.  They made animal habitats out of clay as well. THANK YOU to Noah’s family for sending in extra clay!  Ask your child about their animal and the resources they share with other animals and humans.

Math: Children demonstrate competence in all first grade skills. Next week, they will work with Geo Boards.

Spanish: Children are working on writing their own story in Spanish. Thank you for reading with your child each night.

English: Children have completed their story and are responsible for checking spelling, punctuation, capitals and verbs. Thank you for reading with your child nightly.

Have a warm weekend with your little one!

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Hello Parents of Fabulous First Graders!

Thank you so very much for sending in soil and seeds!

Your children have been very busy this week. They are engaged in the following learning:

IB: Children have completed the first line of inquiry for Sharing the Planet.  Next week, they will begin to investigate the second: “Changes cause needs in relationships.”  Ask your child how they shared the finite resource of one book and one marker in their grupos this week.

Espanol: Children have been reading non-fiction books in Spanish. As they finish these, they can choose any book about any creature in Spanish.  With their group, they will construct a life size sea creature, measure it and list facts about it in Spanish.  They will also begin working on their own creature inquiry.

English: Children are reading daily, out of books of their choice. Next week, they will begin researching new animal facts in English, then translating to Spanish for their presentation.

Math: Children will review measurement as they research and measure out life size animals for their inquiries.

Our class ipads do not have cords that work. If you have one to donate, we would appreciate it.

Our class needs soil and paper.

Have a great weekend with your little one,

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Hello Parents of Amazing First Graders!!!

Thank you for sending in seeds and soil!! We need clear sodas in bottles (5 unopened sprite, 7UP or Mountain Dew) either diet or regular.

Your child is engaged in the following learning:

IB: Children are finishing up HWOO this week, reflecting upon organization in all human and biological communities. Please look for their journal in their backpack. Next week, they will begin the last planner of the year, Sharing Our Planet (SOP). They have already begun to collect inquiry questions about other creatures they share the planet with. Each day, we will research a different creature together. You can ask your child all about the Sycamore tree from this week, as they began with inquiries there. Children will begin planting next week. They will conduct experiments with soda, plastics, bones, etc. in order to demonstrate what carbonated beverages do to their bodies as well as what plastic does inside the body. Have you read the research on microwaving foods in plastic containers?

English: Your children are amazing readers aren’t they? Next week, they will begin reading non-fiction books about the natural world in English. Many of them are already involved in a chapter book, they can continue reading if they choose to do so.

Espanol: Children will read fiction books about any creature they choose to share the planet with, beginning next week. Each day, they copy sentences from their Spanish book, read to me from their own writing and read to a peer. They recognize cognate words (“palabras cognadas”) and mark them (such as precioso, estufa, refrigerador, hora, mapa, etc.) Ask your child to point out cognates to you as they read their books.

Math: Children began learning estimation with sycamore seed pods. They have made drawings, estimated and counted many, many objects. Ask your child to tell you how to estimate. Next week, they will return to addition and subtraction with double and triple digits and missing digits.

Have a great weekend with your little one!

–Mastra Nicole

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March 31, 2017

Hello Parents of Fabulous First Graders!

THANK YOU for sending in items for Perfect Attendance lunch as well as soil, seed packets and cups for our next IB theme: Sharing Our Planet (SOP). We continue to need these items. Thank you!!!!

Your child is engaged in the following learning:

IB: Your children have made maps of the organization of their environments, discerned graphs, table of contents and menus of information and the organization of people in their community. Next week, they will reflect upon all they have learned and make portfolio and self assessment decisions about what they have learned in How We Organize Ourselves (HWOO).

Math:  Children have experimented with multiplication and division using the organization of blocks in arrays. This is far above first grade level. Please do not worry if your child does not yet understand this concept, as this was a taste for them of the different organization of numbers and equations. This is a natural extension of IB inquiry during HWOO.

Espanol: Children read, copy and write Spanish in class daily. I can tell that your child is reading with your at home because of their progress the next morning with me. Thank you! Please continue to stop what you are doing to engage with your child in Spanish every day, as this validates their learning higher than anything I can do in class. Thank you for this time with your child!

English: Children are reaching far beyond their skill level into their zone of proximal development to read books that are interesting to them, even though they are choosing very advanced books once in a while. This is natural for good readers to do, as they grow and read books at all levels, they understand that they are becoming better readers each day and one day will read any book they choose.  Thank you for reading with your child each day.

Have a warm weekend with your little one,

Maestra Nicolenew logo apple with leavesMarch 17, 2017

Hello Parents of Fabulous First Graders!
Thank you for all of the materials you sent in for the first grade science inquiries!
Your child is engaged in the following learning:
IB: Children have completed inquiries with investigations using the scientific process. Your child can tell you about having a question (inquiry) designing a survey and collecting data, and finding answers to their questions using experimentation with strange substances or by using graphing. For each step, the class discussed the role of community and leadership in human made systems. After Spring Break, they will write about the roles of commitment, cooperation and independence in leadership as part of their IB assessment.
Spanish: Children have used their Spanish books that they read daily to identify verbs, copy sentences, practice cursive, capitals and punctuation. PLEASE make sure your child reads 10 minutes every day in Spanish over this break!
English: All children are choosing their books to read They are mainly making fiction choices. This week they identified words that share cognates between English and Spanish (ie: grupo, decidir, confidencia, cooperacion, etc).  They are bringing home their English dictionaries with a special challenge to add 7 new words each day on the correct page, part of organizing language for How We Organize Ourselves. PLEASE make sure your child reads 10 minutes per day in each of their languages. Young emerging literates need three things each day:
1. Read to themselves
2. Read to someone else
3. Listen to someone read to them
Math: Children have finished graphing for this IB transdisciplinary theme.  They took this beyond grade level by producing their own graphs, reflecting their own data, collected from their own inquiries. This is IB math at its best! When they return from break, they will make arrays to investigate simple multiplication.
Science: In addition to the 5 science experiments in class, children learned about the three types of clouds. They can look in the sky and identify them for you over break! Our next theme, Sharing Our Planet (SOP), will involve most of the science for this grade as children learn about plants, weather and living things. This week they got to see one of the turtles emerge from hibernation. All three turtles will emerge during SOP and require daily care. Please consider donating cups, seeds and soil for SOP. Your child will begin this last theme April 10.
Have a wonderful and safe Spring Break with your little one!
Maestra Nicole

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Hello Parents of Fabulous First Graders,

Your children are amazing! They are engaged in the following learning:

IB: Children have researched their inquiries about leadership and many other topics of interest they came up with during class discussions. During science experiments, many leaders emerged. It was beautiful to watch them problem solve, take leadership and work together. Ask your child what makes a good leader.  They have a special home challenge: to design and conduct a survey, then design 2-3 graphs to represent the information (bar graph, line graph, pie graph). They know how to do this.  Ask your child.

Espanol: Children are copying sentences from their Spanish books that they read with you and reading the sentences to me daily. They are responsible for cursive writing on the line, with a left margin, complete with punctuation, capitals and no spelling errors.  Please keep your child engaged in reading Spanish every day.

English: Children will collect cognates next week. Ask your child what this is. Bilinguals are extremely adept at identifying cognates in words. They are in all of their books, both English and Spanish.

Math: Wow! Children can conduct surveys, design bar graphs, line graphs and pie graphs and make judgements about the information in their graph.  Next week, children will begin to investigate probability and multiplication.

Have a great weekend with your little one,

Maestra Nicole

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Hello Parents of Fabulous First Graders

Hopefully, by now, your little scientist has flesh colored hands and not kool-aid hands!

Your child will engage in the following learning this week:

IB: Children will consider the classroom community and their own group from last week’s experiments.  They were given no directions, but simply a box of materials. They were efficient and creative. Leaders emerged. No one fought or cried. How did they accomplish this? They will explore this phenomenon as part of their second line of inquiry.

Math: Children will extend their understanding of graphs and data to record their experiment and participation experiences mathematically.

Spanish: Children continue to read daily in class and at home. Thank you!  In class, they copy sentences of their choice from their book and identify verbs.  This week, they will begin writing their own sentences including a verb. Your children can conjugate and identify verbs, now they will choose them for their own writing.

English: Children are taking off in reading books of their choice!  They are making diagrams of stories, including Venn diagrams, mind maps and Tcharts.

Thank you for sharing your little one with me!

Maestra Nicole


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2/ 24/17

Hello Parents of Fabulous First Graders!

Your child is engaged in the following learning:

  • IB: This week, your child was immersed into our new IB Transdisciplinary Theme: How We Organize Ourselves (HWOO). They organized their classroom, made sense of their world in creating maps and made decisions about the purpose of organization in every human made system or community.  Next week, they will look deeper at these systems.
  • Math: Children posed questions, conducted research and made graphs of their findings this week. Next week, they will convert their bar graphs to other data indicators, such as line graphs and pie graphs.
  • Spanish: Please remember that if you don’t prioritize reading at home, your child will not value reading.  Children are making good choices about books they struggled through earlier in the year and can now read with heighted skill.
  • English: Children still choose their book to read, however some are bringing home a book I suggested for them so that they can read it instead of memorizing words.  Please remember that each day, your child should read for 10 minutes to you in each of their languages.
  • Science: Though first graders are not required to participate in the science fair, they will conduct experiments in class next week around the first grade standards of matter, liquid and gas.  Some children have identified experiments they want to do at home with you. If your child wants to do this, please send in their experiment so they can demonstrate for the class.

Have a great weekend with your little one,

Maestra Nicole

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Hello Parents of Fabulous First Graders!

Your child is engaged in the following learning:

IB: TONIGHT watch the snow moon lunar eclipse and comet in the southern sky. Children have been thinking about the perspective from space. If you miss this eclipse, your child can take you to www.space.com  Thank you to Vidhi’s family for loaning us your book on space! Additionally, they will search for information about US presidents and Presidents of other countries. Ask your child who they are learning about and extend their learning by continuing their internet research at home. Next week, children will make portfolio choices before bringing home their journal.

Math: Children have covered fractions in drawings, blocks and geometric figures.  Next week, they will return to using coins to understand fractions of a dollar.

Spanish: Children are reading books with paragraph pages!  Thank you for working with your child daily to look up new words they read to you. Children need to read 10 minutes each night in each language.

English: Many children are reading chapter books or trying to. Please encourage them as they set their own goals for reading.  Each day, a child should be read to by another person, read to themselves and read to another person. Your child should read 10 minutes each day in each language.

Children will celebrate St. Valentine’s day on Tuesday with cards they bring from home. We need paper bags for children to decorate. Please do not send candy, cake or other sweets. If your child wants to share fruit or muffins, you are welcome to send these. Ask your child who was St Valentine.  They know.

Thank you for Treasure Drawer donations this week!!! Hurray!!!

Have a great weekend with your little one,

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Hello Parents of Fabulous First Graders!

First Grade is currently engaged in the following learning:

IB: As first graders finish their three lines of inquiry for Where We Are in Place and Time (WWAPT), they visited Saturn’s latest photographs sent from Cassini in January. They had great questions: Why are the rings there? What are they made of? What causes the rings? Can you walk on them? How many are there? Where is the gravity in the Earth? So: next week they will be visiting drawings of the Earth’s core and using Ipads to find out information for their questions.  Please help your child investigate their questions at home on the internet or in the library.  They are excited! They continue to grapple with the concepts of Perspective and Cause, however. They read postcards from children in various places of the world and could describe places and experiences, but the way these experiences change ones perspective is something they continue to grapple with. Talk with your child about Perspective this weekend!

Here is the website with photos:

http://www.space.com/15090-saturn-photos-nasa-cassini-spacecraft.html

Spanish:  Every child in our class is such a good reader that they are very confident.  I am challenging them to choose harder books with a paragraph on each page. Some of them are engaged in this challenge! Please congratulate your child on their impressive Spanish reading! This has been hard won.

English: Children choose picture books to read at home and in class every day.  Many of our First Graders are reading simple chapter books now.  Hurray!!!! They also understand the joy of quiet, silent reading and being alone with a book. Each day, they participate in SSR: Sustained Silent Reading. Research shows that the best way to increase reading level, ability and vocabulary is Reading!

Math: Your child is extremely confident in working very difficult extended subtraction and stacked addition. This is from Marilyn Burns research. They have to defend to me where they found a ten to carry or how they borrowed a ten.  Ask your child to show you what they can do!

Have a lovely weekend with your little one!

Maestra Nicole

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January 27, 2017

Hello Parents of Fabulous First Graders!

Your children are working hard in school. They are engaged in the following learning:

  • IB: Children will engage with building a historical timeline and write a biography of three sentences about someone in history next week. They will also study postcards from children around the world to contemplate place and perspective. They will also use Native American symbols to write messages to you. The first grade state competency that children are working on is the concept of Past/Present/Future.
  • Math: Children are confident in adding and subtracting money and numbers. They can do this mentally, in writing, with coins and with 10 blocks. Ask your child to do math with you this weekend.
  • Spanish: Children are reading books of their own choice. I challenge them daily to choose a slightly harder book. As they choose harder books, their assignment drops to one page each night. Some children are engaged in reading non-fiction books about machines and science. They want to create these at home. Please send these projects in so that they can demonstrate them for science fair this year.
  • English: Many children are choosing to read chapter books! Children need time to read aloud, listen to you read and read silently in each of their languages each day.
  • Note: Treasure Drawer is empty. If your child cleans their room this weekend, please encourage them to donate old toys, books and parts of toys to Treasure Drawer. It is new to another kid!

Have a warm weekend with your little one,

Maestra Nicole

new logo apple with leavesJanuary 20, 2017

Hello Parents of Fabulous First Graders!

Welcome to our new First Grader: Madison.  Ask your child how they used their perspective to show friendship to our new little one in class.

This week, your children have worked very hard in the following areas:

IB: Children have completed the first two lines of inquiry. They have learned about the past by studying Martin Luther King, Jr and Cesar Chavez. This next week, they will consider their future selves. Ask your child who they will be in future.

Spanish: Children conjugate new verbs each day. They are all reading well and I encourage them to begin finding a more challenging book. This might look like a book with 2-3 sentences per page, a book with new vocabulary or non-fiction if they have been reading fiction. Please remember that your child must read to you for 10 minutes in Spanish each night. This may mean reading the same book several times if they have chosen a very easy book.

English: Please remember that your child must read to you for 10 minutes each night in English.

This week children learned rules about the following:

  • Blending consonants (ie: street, black, etc.)
  • Using different endings (ie: ing, ed, s, etc.)
  • How to read rule breakers (ie: words with ould, aw, ow, ir, or, etc.)

Math:  Children are very good at extended and stacked addition, they played Race to 100 with blocks and digits this week. Next week, they are playing Race to 0 with subtraction.

Have a warm weekend with your little one,

Maestra Nicole
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Enero 13, 2017

Hello Parents of Fabulous First Graders!

Your child is engaged in the following learning:

IB: Children have completed their first line of inquiry. Ask your child what experiences they have had to make them who they have become today. They are considering the IB concept of Perspective. This week, they contemplated the perspective of Martin Luther King, Jr. Ask your child to tell you about him. They also watch a brief film about a student who discovered a hidden Mayan city using Google Earth. Explore Google Earth with your child. What perspective does a satellite have?

Spanish:  Each day, your child conjugates a new Spanish verb in addition to choosing and reading books in Spanish.  Please make sure your child reads 10 minutes to you each night in Spanish.

English: Children are bringing home their English books now, please make sure your child reads 10 minutes each night in English. This weekend, your child is reading words that they can decode in their book about MLK. Your child learns through stories, so many rules have a story. Though every rule has an exception, your child has learned the following rules for reading English:

  • “When 2 vowels go walking the first one does the talking and she gets to say her name” (ie: read, beat, leaf, loaf, road…)
  • When silent E is at the end of a word, it whispers to the vowel in the middle “say your name, say your name” (ie: Note, rate, ate…)
  • When a vowel is surrounded by consonants without a friend vowel next to him holding his hand, without a silent E whispering to him, he gets scared and ducks down, saying his short sound (ie: not, rat, at….)
  • The IGH words are oftentimes from a Nordic root, so these can be pronounced like a Viking would say the word (ie:thought, caught, fought, fight….). Ask your child to show you their Viking voice.
  • The words with OW fight over who will be line leader, so they pinch each other, saying “ow” (ie: now, how, brown…etc)
  • H changes the sounds of consonants (ie: there, share, chair, where….)
  • TION (This is a rule breaker. We say “SHUN” when we see TION)

Math: Children are working on mental math, coin value, money notation and grouping to tens. This week they are playing Race to 100 and Race to $1.00. Ask your child to do mental math with you while driving with simple addition (ie: What is 17 +3? What is 20+3? All the way to 100)

NOTES:

  • No School on Monday in order to honor Dr Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • We need a class electric pencil sharpener

Have a warm weekend with your little one,

Maestra Nicolenew logo apple with leavesDecember 16, 2016

Hello Parents of Fabulous First Graders!

Thank you VERY much for the fabulous gifts! I LOVE  you guys!

Most of all, thank you for the pajama’d children you sent to me today. We are having a cuddly day.

Your child is engaged in the following learning:

IB: First grade has finished How the World Works. When they return from break, they will begin Where We Are in Place and Time. We need guest speakers! We need people from older generations to come and speak to the class about what it was like when they were little. Thank you! Check your child’s backpack for their HWW journal. Ask your child to explain their work to you.

Spanish:  Children have been coming to school without knowing their page or vocabulary. This takes 10 minutes nightly. Language can be lost, we need to protect it. Please make sure your child reads to you for 10 minutes daily over break. Each child brought home their dictionary for break. They need to add one new word each day to their Spanish dictionary.

Mathematics: Children have studied and reviewed addition, subtraction, measurement, shapes and money. Over break, please make sure to engage your child with math each day.

English: When they return from break, children will begin reading in English as well as daily reading in Spanish. This means 10 minutes nightly in each language.  Thank you for helping your little bilingual along their path of biliteracy.

Have a warm break with your little one,

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December 2, 2016

Hello Parents of Fabulous First Graders!

Your children are engaged in the following learning:

IB: Children have contemplated how the world works and next week they will engage in deeper discussion about how they can help. Ask your little one how the world works.

Spanish: Children have practiced choral reading and jigsaw reading this week in their story books. This weekend, please choral read with your child for 10 minutes each night.  Help them find cognate words. These are words that share a cognate such as “presenter / present, circulo/circle”.

Math: Children measured things with centimeters and inches. They began working with feet and yards. This will continue next week. Today, they are bringing home their bookfair flyers. They used these in class today to compute stacked addition (adding the books they want to buy) and subtraction (finding the change they will have after they buy books). Please help your child add and subtract daily on paper, with money and mental math.

PLEASE NOTE: We need Treasure Drawer items! When your child cleans their room, instead of donating those old toys and books to Goodwill, bring them to Treasure Drawer!

Have a warm weekend with your little one,

Maestra Nicolenew logo apple with leavesNovember 18, 2016

Hello Parents of Fabulous First Graders!

Your children are engaged in the following learning:

IB:HWW: Your child is bringing home their refrigerator poster to you today. In order to begin this theme, (How the World Works) ask your child how they helped the wild birds today.

Espanol: Your children promised me that they would read a page per day, maybe even 6 sentences per day in Spanish. Please help them reach this goal.

Matematicas: Your child knows how to write numbers with tally marks, how to tell time, how to add and how to subtract. Please review these skills with them daily.

Tecnologia: Big thank you to Bailey’s mommy, who came in and installed new Spanish games on the class iPads! Hurray! Your children have learned how Chess works. Please help them on your home devices look up the history of chess and who invented chess.

Thank you for a dreamy day yesterday with Thanksgiving lunch!

Have a warm holiday with your little one!

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Parents of Fabulous First Graders:

Next week your child will engage in the following learning:

IB: Children are finalizing their Ireland museum, incorporating the IB Learner Profile and Attitudes. Ask your child to tell you all about Ireland! Help them look up some interesting facts to share in class next week.

International Day is next Saturday! Hurray! Please come to see all of the museums, performances and other activities on CIS campus that day. Invite your family and friends! Please note these important times for Saturday:

1:50   Please drop your first grader in the first grade classroom with me. Then go find a seat in the MPR.

2:10   First Graders perform in the MPR!

Please plan to pick up your child outside of the MPR immediately after their performance.

Spanish: As children read increasingly complicated books, they need your support at home. Your child should spend about 10 minutes nightly reading their Spanish book to you and translating words for you. If they don’t know the word, please help your child practice dictionary skills and look it up!

Math: Your child is familiar with an analog clock and has practiced telling time to the hour and half hour. Next week, they will continue practicing this and add telling time to the quarter hour. This is the first grade competency. Ask your child to tell you what time it is throughout your weekend!

Thank you for your support this week while I was sick.

I appreciate your notes and good wishes.

Have a warm weekend with your little one!

Maestra Nicole

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Hello Parents of Fabulous First Graders!

Thank you for Treasure Drawer items, for Irish items and for serving as cultural guest speakers! You are the very best parents on our campus!

Your child is engaged in the following learning:

IB: Children completed a 3 part story about how the Irish Express Themselves. They are making portfolio choices next week. Our new theme, How the World Works, begins after International Day.

International Day: We are turning our classroom into a museum of Ireland. Your child is practicing their docent skills. Every day, please ask your child a question about Ireland. They are learning about Irish architecture, money, food, art, cultural beliefs, heroes and music.

Spanish: Children are tackling their huge books with impressive skill. Please remember to help your child look up any word they do not know in English.  Dictionary skills, including the internet dictionary, is a first grade standard.

Math: Children have completed their study of shapes, geometric patterns and actions. You will see this return as a review in the spring. Next week, your child will begin to learn how to tell time to the quarter hour.

Have a great weekend with your little one!

Maestra Nicolenew logo apple with leavesOctober 21, 2016

Hello Parents of Fabulous First Graders!

Your children have worked hard this week. Thank you for working with them.  First graders are engaged in the following learning:

IB: Children have completed all lines of inquiry for How We Express Ourselves. Next week, they will choose their favorite piece of literature and complete their three part story about Ireland.

Spanish: Children are reading increasingly complex texts. This means that they need you to help them look up new words in the dictionary. This is a first grade competency. Additionally, their longer stories may take a few days to complete. This means that Treasure Drawer might be earned  one or two times weekly instead of daily. Each night, your child has an assignment of 6 sentences. This might mean only 2-3 pages in their new stories. Thank you for helping your child read each night to you in Spanish.

Math: Children have finished geometry and the three actions of “slide, flip and rotate” that will be on the MAPS test. Ask your child to show you these actions with any object. As always, please engage your child in at least 1-2 subtraction and addition problems each night.

International Day: Your child is studying Ireland. We need artifacts and guest speakers.  Thank you!

Have a great weekend with your little one—

Maestra Nicole

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Hello Parents of Fabulous First Graders!

Your children are engaged in the following learning:

Lock Down: Today, children watched the Lock Down Drill powerpoint that can be found on the CIS website. We will practice our Lock Down procedure through the days periodically. CIS school lock down is scheduled for Tuesday.

IB: Children have completed the Line of Inquiry #2 in HWEO. Please ask your child what they have learned about the symbols and communication used by countries on money, in literature, art, dance, in buildings and statues.

Spanish: Children are reading more difficult books gradually each day. Please help your child look up new words in the dictionary at home each night as they read to you.  You can teach them how to use the dictionary on your phone or ipad or how to use a hard copy dictionary. They practice this in school. Children are conjugating verbs in school. The next book they write will have full sentences in Spanish.

Math: Children are engaged in subtraction and addition, vertical and horizontal. Next week, they will begin Geometry.

International Day: First Grade is studying Ireland. Please help your child learn about this country at home. In school, they are learning music, dance, and communication. Ask your child to show their Irish accent.

Have a great weekend with your little one,

Maestra Nicole

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Hello Parents of Fabulous First Graders!

This week, your children worked very hard!

IB: Children began our new unit of inquiry: How We Express Ourselves. Today, they have your refrigerator poster in their backpack for you. Ask your child to explain it to you.

Spanish: Thank you for helping your child to look up new words at home! This is so important for them to see you do this. We all have new words to learn. Children are collecting verbs from their books to conjugate next week.

Math: Children are practicing subtraction with borrowing. We use blocks and dots for this. Some children can do this without the blocks. Work on double digit subtraction at home with your child, such as 23 – 9.

Science: Children have continued to collect dead bugs for microscope observation. They are waiting for the turtles to hibernate soon.

Next Tuesday, please join us for IB Night at 5:30.

Next Wednesday, we will be here at 6:45 AM to buy waffles, watch the balloons go up and conduct balloon activities.  You are welcome to join us from 8-9AM.  Please DO NOT drop your child off at school at 6:45. Plan to stay with them until duty begins at 7:30 for teachers.

Have a great weekend with your little one,

Maestra Nicole

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Hello Parents of Fabulous First Graders!

Monday, please look in your child’s backpack for their 6 week Progress Report.

Your child is engaged in the following learning:

  • IB:  This week, your child completed their assessment for Who We Are. They will make their portfolio choices and then bring home their journals. Please watch for this in their backpack, it is a snapshot of everything they have done in First Grade for the past 6 weeks. They will be getting a new journal next week.
  • Math:  Children are adding and carrying tens across columns, finding the natural tens in stacked columns and building tens in stacked math. Please continue to work with your child daily on their numbers game, using pebbles, beans, etc.  Once they graduate out of all the numbers up to ten, they have completed the game. This game is from our program Envision Math and supports your child’s understanding of ten.
  • Spanish: Children are reading books with increasing challenge, extending vocabulary and fluency skills. Every day, your child reads to me, to another child and listens to another child read to them. Thank you for working with your child at home and thank you for Treasure Drawer donations!
  • Science: Children  learned Who We Are in the world of creatures. They studied minerals, plants and many dead bugs. They conducted a pollution experiment. They conducted dramatizations of the Connection between all of us, the Causation of pollution and the Perspective of each of us. These are IB Key Concepts.

Have a fabulous weekend with your little one,

Maestra Nicole

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Hello Parents of Fabulous First Graders!

Aren’t your children amazing? They work hard and try their best every day, I am honored to work with them.

Here are a few notes for you about our class:

  • When you and your child clean their room and you have a big pile of toy parts, used toys and books that you are ready to donate, Donate to Treasure Drawer!  Your child might be bored with it, but it is new to another kid!!!
  • Thank you SO MUCH for sending nut free lunches and snacks for your child to school. Thank you for not sending candy. This is very helpful.
  • Also, thank you for sending a healthy snack for your child to have in the afternoon. They also need a water bottle with water in it, not a sugar drink.

Your child is engaged in the following learning:

IB: Children have discussed and practiced all three lines of inquiry for Who We Are. Next week, they will gather their thoughts to demonstrate something they learned for assessment week. Ask your child what they have learned about Who We Are.

Spanish: Children are reading Spanish books in class to a peer and to me. They get a lesson over new words, choose how much they want their lesson to cover, and practice with peers before they come home to you. They know their assignment, it is usually marked with a book mark of their choosing. Once they get home, they probably want to read past their bookmark because they want to earn Treasure Drawer. Treasure Drawer is earned when a child reads a book and translates each word to the second language. For your children in our reverse immersion program, they are reading in Spanish and must say what each word means in English. Children are approaching an incredibly important task in reading. Please don’t push them, they will push themselves. Please don’t rush them, they should spend a maximum of 10 minutes reading to you each night. Then you can read any other book to them. Please DON’T read their book to them. Most importantly, no matter how adorable your little one is, DO NOT give them the word! You can resist them! I believe in you parents! Say things to your little reader such as: “cover up what you don’t know” and “sound it out.”  This is important. If you read the word for them, they will simply memorize the pages and this will delay learning to read. Thank you for reading with your child each night.

Math: Children are pretty comfortable in addition with carrying.  Ask your child to show you this. They can add several digit numbers when written vertically. Watch how your child uses dots to make ten sticks. This represents carrying the ten. Please continue to play the numbers game with your child until they can master 10.

Science: Children have studied nature in their culture and that of others. They have examined rocks, plants and bugs under the microscopes. Next week, they will demonstrate their understanding of how many cultures value nature. Ask your child how your family values nature.

Have a great weekend with your little one,

Maestra Nicole

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Friday, September 02, 2016

Hello Parents of Fabulous First Graders!

Please remember that there is no school at CIS on Monday, Labor Day.

Your child is engaged in the following learning:

IB:  This week, children finished Lines of Inquiry 1&2. As you know, they contemplated Who We Are, their home culture and the cultures of other people.  After they interviewed their families, many of your children wondered why you have the traditions that you do. Please try to talk with them about these concepts over this long weekend break. Today at recess, there was a huge <2 inch> stink bug that launched Inquiry 3 perfectly. As IB children, they already know to protect life. Many of them shielded the bug and walked next to him as he made his way along the fence, trying to find an exit.  Next week, your child will delve deeper into identifying how different cultures value nature. This is Line of Inquiry #3.

Spanish: Children are continuing to construct their own Spanish Dictionaries. They read aloud daily in large group and use phonetic awareness to sound out new words. Next Tuesday, your child will begin bringing a book home each night. They will need to read their assignment to you nightly. In our reverse immersion program here at CIS, we include Spanish as a Second Language (SSL) instruction. For this reason, your child will read their book with you in the following way:

  1. They read the words in Spanish, tracking with their finger under each word.
  2. They go back and tell you what each word means in English
  3. When they can’t sound out a new word, say to them “cover up what you don’t know” and help them sound it out themselves.
  4. No matter how cute they are, DON’T GIVE THEM THE WORD!!!!!
  5. Your child will be expected to read about 6 new words each night.

Books will come home in a ziplock baggie to keep them safe from water bottles in backpacks, etc. Your child should read to you, then return the book to the baggie and put it back in the backpack to bring back to school each day.  This should take about 10 minutes each night. Please do not push your child to read past their assignment unless they offer.  It is essential to keep reading fun at this stage of their development.

Math: Your children are amazing! They are working on being detectives in finding 10s from stacked addition. They want to find natural 10s to carry. Then construct 10s from what is left. They need to understand all the numbers to master this concept, as it involves mental math.  Please remember to play the numbers game with your child each night. You can use pebbles, pennies, beans, corn, etc. Ask your child what number they are on. They are competing with their own score.

Science: Children know how to use the class microscopes. They have examined items from nature including rocks and plants. Next week, they need to bring in any dead bug they find in a baggie. We won’t open the baggie in class, but they will examine bugs under the microscope.

I think everyone is on our class FaceBook page: “1er Grado CIS 2016-2017” please let me know if you are not.

Have a great three day weekend with your little one!

Maestra Nicole

(PS: THANK YOU for reading our newsletter!!!)

Nicole Montague, Ph.D.