Welcome to grade 1!
My name is Mrs. Karan Dobson. I teach grade 1N at Walter and Gladys Hill Public School this year. I am a lifelong learner and I model this for my students. I love reading and writing, and I am passionate about early literacy. This year I want to help your child feel excited and proud of his or her reading and writing. Please share your ideas, questions and concerns with me, as we make our grade 1 journey together. If you would like to be a class volunteer, please send me an email.
This year, your child will be given a Ziploc home–school bag, with his or her name on it. It will contain any important notes or forms you need to see. When we begin our home–school reading program, your child’s daily reading book will travel in this bag too. Please take a look at this bag every evening, and send it back to school the next day. You can keep me informed too, by putting a note in it. If I see a note from you, I’ll respond. This will help us connect and work together to support your child.
school phone #: (780) 743-3101
school website / calendar: http://waltergladyshill.fmpsdschools.ca/
remind: open web browser and go to: https://remind.com/join/1nkd
We begin our spelling program on Sept 10th. We’ll focus on short words that appear very often in speech and text. This will help your child’s reading and writing grow. Every day I will teach the class one new sight word. We’ll practise it various ways throughout the day. On the last school day of each week, we will have a mini spelling test. I’ll say the words, and students will print them in their spelling books. I will send your child’s spelling book home at the end of every week for you to view his or her progress. Please look at each spelling test with your child. Let him or her know how excited you are about having them learn how to write new words. Students are encouraged to practise their words at home with you during the week, and to share their success with you at the end of each week.
Two very important things:
1 – please return your child’s spelling book the following week
2 – please make oral and written practice at home FUN
Our Spelling Words:
Sept 10 to Sept 13 - a and away big
Sept 17 to Sept 21 - blue can come down find
Sept 24 to Sept 27 - for funny go help
Oct 1 to Oct 5 - here in is it jump
Oct 9 to Oct 12 - little look make me
Oct 15 to Oct 18 - my not one play
Oct 22 to Oct 25 - red run said see
Oct 29 to Nov 2 - I the three to two
Nov 5 to Nov 8 - up we where you
Nov 13 to Nov 16 - yellow all am are
Nov 19 to Nov 22 - at ate be but
Nov 26 to Nov 29 - brown came did do
Dec 3 to Dec 6 - eat get good he
Dec 10 to Dec 14 - have into like must new
Dec 17 to Dec 20 - no now on our
EDUCATIONAL WEBSITES and VIDEOS:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WpSlDY86FzA practise saying alphabet quickly
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BELlZKpi1Zs practise letters and sounds together
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0VLxWIHRD4E practise counting to 20
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SxgCA1qOW20 practise counting to 100
Reading at home will help your child become a stronger reader and writer. We recommend about 20 minutes of quality reading time per day. Here are a few things you can do together at home to help your child succeed with reading:
- Listen to your child read take-home books from school.
- After your child reads, point to a few short words on any page, and ask your child to read just those words separately. We do this in class too!
- Ask your child to close his or her eyes and tell you the beginning letter or sound of any word you read aloud from the book. Try this with ending sounds too.
- After reading the book, talk about what happens in the book and who is in it.
- Share your opinion of the book with your child. Ask your child for his or her opinion of the story. Your child can learn how to give reasons for his or her opinions from you.
- Try: “I think this story is fun (or interesting, good, etc.) because ______________.”
- Listen to your child’s ideas and opinions. We discuss books at school too!
- Make the reading activities you do fun. Read a cereal box or a recipe together.
- Enjoy your time together reading, writing and talking!
- If you have time, visit the public library together. Pick 2 kinds of books – books your child can read to you, and books your child would like you to read to him or her.
- You will have access to hundreds of eBooks through WGH’s subscription to the Raz-Kids program. I will send home your child’s ID and password for this program. Students can listen to and read these books. Reading-comprehension quizzes along the way will show us your child’s progress.
- Students access Raz-Kids at: www.kidsa-z.com/login/kdobson1
Let’s make math fun and relevant to your child’s life! Here are a few things you can do together at home to help your child succeed with math:
- Give your child access to a computer to sign on to the mathletics website and use it often. I will send home your child’s ID and password for mathletics.
- Count the spoons in your cutlery drawer together.
- Try this challenge: How many foods can you think of that are shaped like a ball?
- Talk about today’s date; do this every day.
- Count the slices in a loaf of bread.
- Make a math story about toys at home. Try: If you and your brother each have 3 dinosaurs, how many do you have altogether?
- Measure the length of your child’s bed together, using an action figure or doll. Make a statement about the length. My bed is 11 Batmans long!
- Count eggs in a carton before and after removing some for breakfast. What is the difference?
- Challenge: How many shoes does our family have? How many pairs of shoes do we have?
- At the grocery store, ask your child to put 12 buns or 14 mushrooms in a bag for you. At the beginning of the school year we focus on numbers from 0 to 20. Later in the year we work up to 100, and beyond for students who are ready.
- After building something with blocks or Lego, count the number of pieces your child used together.