Sunday, May 20, 2018

Week of May 21st

We are in the final stretch first grade parents. Like so many other things in life this year seemed to go by in the blink of an eye. I am still preparing myself to send your children upstairs to second grade in just five short days. Thank you to each and every one of you for making this year possible, for being so supportive as I transitioned into the working-mom role and for all of your hard work with your children both at home and in the classroom. I am going to miss this group so very much.

Please remember that this week Monday is the only full day. Tuesday-Friday we will release at 12:30 and there will be no clubs or lunch. Our end of unit Mexico Celebration is this Wednesday. If you have questions please reach out to Mrs. Ashcraft who has worked so hard to make this happen.

Lots of work and supplies will be coming home this week so please check your child's backpack. We will continue our final Literature unit: Pippi Longstocking, and wrap up our Mexico Unit in history. In math we will have our money test and a cumulative test. The purpose of the cumulative test is to give you an insight to your child's growth in math this year, and to show areas he or she may need support in as they prepare for second grade.

It is has truly been a pleasure being your child's teacher this year. Each of your children will always hold a special place in my heart as my first ever Great Hearts class. I hope you all have a safe and relaxing summer, and that I see you in passing or that our paths will cross again when your younger children move up to first grade :)

Love,
Mrs. Bollinger

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Week of May 14th

First Grade Families,
Things are winding down in the first grade, however we do have engaging lessons planned through our last day. Please note that we will not be doing Spalding the last few weeks and will spend this time covering grammar and phrases and sayings. Your child will still have homework, however this will not be the typical Spalding packet.

Language Arts:
Short Stories
Phrases and Sayings
Pippi Longstocking

Math:
Money

History:
Mexico Today

Science:
Rocks and Minerals
Scientists

Sunday, May 6, 2018

Week of May 7th

Happy Birthday Headmaster Atolagbe 5/6
Happy Birthday Richele Petersen (office manager) 5/7

Thank you for those of you who participated in the art show and to Mrs. Bhueler for making it happen. Our scholars worked hard on some incredible pieces and I am so glad we were able to share this with you!

Spalding
Phonograms:
1-70
Words:
fairy, knock, leather, linen, mixture, nation, pause, peace, permission, rough
social, society, steal, steel, strange, trophy, voices, voice, eight, ate
afraid, uncle, rather, comfort, election, elect, aboard, jail, shed, refuse

Literature
Short stories

Math
End of year assessments, numbers 1-120 (test)

Science
Layers of the Earth

History
Exploration of the West: Unit Test

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Week of April 30th

Thursday 5/3 6:00-8:00 pm Art Show all scholars art work will be featured
Friday 5/4 No School R&R Weekend

Spalding
Phonograms:
1-70
Words:
dozen, there, their, they're, tax, number, October, reason, fifth
baking, bake, bowl, cheap, cheerful, chicken, driving, drive, echoes, echo

Math
Two digit subtraction with renaming

Science
Earth Oceans

History
Exploration of the West

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Week of April 25th

Thank you to everyone who participated in the animal donation drive and to our dedicated liaisons who made it happen, I am blessed to work in such a giving community.

This week in the first grade:

Spalding
Phonograms:
ee, ea, er, or, ui, ew, oi, ir, igh, oa, ough, oy, oe, ti, sh, wh, h, x, e, u
Words:
God, god, teacher, November, subject, April, history, study, himself, matter
use, thought, person, nor, or, Januarty, mean, vote, court, copy
act, been, be, yesterday, among, question, quest, doctor, size, December

Literature:
Peter Rabbit, A Bargain for Francis (from booklist)

Math:
Adding and subtracting two digit number through 120, introduction to money

Science:
Oceans of the World

History:
National Symbols & test on Colonies to Independence unit

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Week of April 16th

This week in the first grade:
First grade community service project: animal supply drive

Spalding
Phonograms: 
1-70
Words:
pair, pear, pare, check, prove, heard, hear, inspect, itself, always
something, expect, need, thus, woman, women, young, fair, fare, dollar
evening, plan, broke, feel, sure, sugar, least, sorry, press

Literature:
My Father's Dragon

Math:
Numbers 1-20, counting on and back, greater than and less than

Science:
Earth

History:
National Symbols

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Week of April 9th

This past week was filled with so much excitement and I would like to thank everyone for a successful Spring Concert they made me so proud and are already starting to look like second graders up on stage! I would also like to thank each and everyone one of you for making my birthday celebration on Friday so special. I adore your children and truly appreciate the heartfelt wishes and gifts.

Fourth quarter is always bittersweet as I have seen so much growth in each child, however the reality is starting to set in that they will soon be moving on and taking a piece of my heart with them. I know with the warmer weather and long weeks finding the motivation to continue with our rigorous curriculum can be challenging. I have faith that 1A is up to this challenge as we continue with exciting topics in history and science, and continue to grow our math and literacy skills.

Spalding
Phonograms:
dge, ng, aw, au, ew, ow,er, ear, ur, ie, ei, ea, ch, ck, s, si, ci, ti, y, I
Words:
pull, sew, sow, so, steam, thread, thunder, tried, try, vein
except, aunt, ant, capture, else, bridge, offer, suffer, center, front
running, run, rule, carry, chain, death, learn, wonder

Literature
My Father's Dragon: Elmer and the Dragon

Math
Numbers to 120

Science
Solar System

History
From Colonies to Independence