• Suggestions for supporting your First Grader

     
    First grade is a big adjustment for most children.  The day is longer, the curriculum is vigorous, and there are many expectations for learning.  The following suggestions are for you to consider and try so that your child will feel good, have fun, and grow as an independent and motivated learner.
     
     
    • ensure your child gets enough sleep (especially in the first few months of school)
    • ensure your child has a healthy breakfast, lunch, snack and dinner
    • convey expectations of self-help: they are responsible for carrying their backpack, taking out and packing their plastic "take home folder" each night
    • read every night (in the fall, you can read aloud and then as the year progresses, your child should be reading every night to you)
    • have your child read the same book at least 3 times...this helps with fluency, and ability for retelling
    • encourage your child to go to the Norwell Public Library and/or scan the Scholastic Book Orders - getting books is very exciting and motivating
    • expect that your child can do their homework, homework is meant to be practice for learned skills (ALWAYS use pencil)
    • your child's homework should be passed in the way they complete it, it is important for me to see if they grasp the concepts
    • 10 minutes is enough time for completion of homework, if more time is needed, stop, write a note at the top and send it back in that way, this is good feedback for me to note
    • give your child responsibilities around the house, they are a member of the family who can contribute to the well-being and responsibilities of being a family member - refer to these as ways they help your family community, they will have jobs in the classroom which are ways they contribute to their classroom community - jobs and responsibilities make a child feel good and it builds their confidence and self-competence
    • enjoy the links and curriculum extensions on our classroom webpage...there are many ways your child can practice their skills while having fun
    • remind your child that they have the abilities to do anything, they will succeed when they try and use effort - this is one mantra I use all the time with the children
    • encourage your child to communicate with me, their teacher, if something is bothering them or there is a social issue - they need to feel safe in the classroom and comfortable to talk with me about anything
    • understand that reading and writing are not automatically learned, rather there are many skills and lessons need to be directly taught in order to become a reader and a writer - January is a huge turning point where you will see things click for your child - it is amazing