Monday, August 31, 2015

Tips for Developing Strong Writers!

As students are beginning the writing process, there are some tips to keep in mind.

  • It may be a good idea to develop some sort of ‘word wall’ - whether it be on a poster board, in a file folder, or on an actual wall.  On this wall, have the student help you put the words of friends and sight words.  They can refer to this resource often when writing.
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  • Instead of spelling the words for your student—encourage invented spelling.  Help your student sound stretch.  If they aren't’ sure which letter sound, have an alphabet chart available or them to refer to.  The more you spell words for them, the more they will come to expect it.  Try to have your student write as independently as possible.
  • Have your student practice telling about their illustrations—the more elaborate the explanation, the better.
  • Modeling is the best way for a student to learn writing.  Try writing a sentence together each day.  Let them watch how you start your sentence with a capital letter, leave spaces between words, add punctuation at the end of your sentence, and use your best ‘first grade handwriting.’ Then have them try a sentence on their own.


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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Ramona the Brave


If you have never read Ramona the Brave by Beverly Cleary, you are in for a treat! During book club for the next several weeks - we will be spending time with Ramona. We'll get to spend some time in her shoes and enjoy her wild imagination!

Remember, you'll be receiving credit on the OLS for a lesson every time you attend! In the OLS - there are two "you choose" units. We'll be completing this one together in book club! Can't beat that! I can't wait to see you there! 


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Friday, August 14, 2015

Welcome to 1st Grade!


Welcome to 1st Grade! I'm so excited to have you in my homeroom this year! I can't wait to get to know more about you! Be sure to check out this video to learn a little bit more about me! 


It can get rough getting back into the swing of things after summer break. Milo TOTALLY understands!

The best thing you can do is create a schedule - and stick to it! Hang in there - you're going to do GREAT! Remember that I am here to help you - don't hesitate to reach out to me if you need anything. 

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