Week of October 15th

Reminder: No School on Friday, watchdog launch party tonight!! If you have not signed up for conference day please do so!

Spelling be, this, from, I, have, or, by, one, had, not

Math: Combinations of 10 and addition sentences.

Science: Nocturnal animals : Owls

Reading: ask your child why we read the back of books!

Writing: We are really trying to make sure our sentences starts with a capital and ends with a period!

Week of October 9th

Student led conferences will be October 30th.  Please use this link to sign up for a time… Sign up here  


Spelling words: be, this, from, I, have, or, by, one, had, not

Phonics: r blends   Try to practice words that have a r blends: brick, tree, creek, etc…

Science: We are having so much fun learning about spiders and bats! Ask your kiddo how we take “high School” notes! They LOVE it.

Math: we are really practicing our addition math facts! Try practicing at home! (5+1, 5+2, 5+3 etc… )

Week of Sept. 24th

Spelling words: We are continuing with the spelling words: at, they, as, his, with, are, on, was, for

Spelling test will be October 2nd for these words.  Once we have a test over spelling words students are expected to use and spell those words correctly in their writing… I take an authentic spelling grade from their writing (grading ONLY words we have had a spelling test over)

Science: We are continuing with 5 senses.

Writing: We are talking about adding a setting into our stories.

Reading: We are really focusing on making connections as we read.

Phonics: We are working on L blends.  (bl, fl, cl, sl…) Ask your kiddos about our restaurant! They are blend chefs this week!!

Week of Sept. 17th

WOW! I am now done with all reading and math testing and can start reading and math groups!!! This means that now the books that come home in their red folders will be their “working” level… They should not be easy and should not be hard.  They are at a level that requires guidance… This allows you and me to help teach them the skills to read that book! SO make sure that when they read at home each night you are there with them hearing them and helping them.


Spelling Words: We will have 10 new spelling words that we will work on for a full 2 weeks.  After the two weeks we have the spelling test on that following Tuesday.  (I am looking for mastery on these words that is why we do two weeks!)

This round of spelling words are: at, they, as, his, are, on, was, for, be TEST will be October 2nd.


Graded papers: Graded paper will go home on Thursdays ONLY.  Every other day they will still have papers sent home but these are our daily sheet/center work.  Remember that I try to check those but sometimes miss things so please check and go over with your child for understanding!


Math: We are learning how to compare and order numbers.  You can practice this at home by: giving them random cards from a deck of cards and having them put in order EX: 8, 5, 3 They would put in order: 3, 5, 8 .  We are also leaning how to use the symbols: <, >, =   Give them two numbers and ask” which does the alligator  want to eat?”

Week of Sept. 10th

Spelling: We will have our first spelling test tomorrow, Tuesday Sept. 11th.  We had a pretest today and I sent it home to show you which ones we still need practice.  After the test, this is considered a review week… So no new words… We will practice the ones they missed.

Graded papers:  We had our first graded paper last week and it will be going home today… We are now starting to grade.  Once a word is a spelling word that word is expected to be spelled correctly anytime they use that word and could cost points on other assignments. (SO make sure to still review past spelling words as the year moves on!)

Writing: We are really focusing on good penmanship, so please make sure to practice at home.

Math: WE are comparing set of numbers.  A good game to play at home is war with a deck of cards: they know how to play! (they might call it battle or war)

Homework: On Tuesdays, I will try to send home a math homework.

Please make sure to check folders every night!! Take papers out and look over them… I try to check them all but I miss some.. So if you see that something is not correct that is a good learning experience at home to go over it.

Also… We are playing the dot game to practice strategy and thinking skills… play at home help them get “tricks” for it.

Week of Sept. 4th-7th

Red Folders: Reminder these are coming home each night except Fridays.  I am still testing reading levels so the book might be too hard or too easy.  Once I start guided reading in a few weeks the book will be on the level I am working on with them in their groups.  We are just practicing having to read a book each night.

Spelling words: you, in, is, it, of, and, the, that, to, a       Spelling test will be on Next Tuesday.  I will give a preview test on Monday and send that paper home to show which words they need to still practice.  Then for the remaining of the week after the spelling test we practice the words we missed.  WE will then get a new set of 10 words the next week and work on those words for 2 weeks.  Our spelling test is a little different than just call out and spell… I read a paragraph with missing words and they insert the word that goes in that spot.  Then They will have to dictate a sentence that I call out that has those words.

Math: We are working on solving word problems.  We are practicing the strategies: draw a picture, use a tens frame, or use a number path.

Reading: We are finishing up our author study on Kevin Henkes…. Ask which story was their favorite!!

Week of August 27th – 31st

Wow!! They are doing fantastic at being in school! We are really practicing rules and procedures.  I do not use a clip chart in my classroom but rather we use blurt cubes.  I will write a note in their planner if they lose 2 or more blurt cubes.  (The first cube they lose do to not following rules is a warning.) Students receive many warning before losing a cube.  So please check planners daily to help reinforce behavior at home.

Reading:Reading logs will be sent home starting tomorrow. I will be testing to get appropriate reading levels for your child so I will be sending books home that might not fit just right. Your child may read the book I send home in addition to any book from home. If the book I send home is too easy, have them read for fluency (phrased and fluent). If the book I send home is too difficult, please read it to/with them. After we can begin Guided Reading groups the books will be on level. Your child is responsible for reading every night. You are to write the name of the book your child reads and your initials on the corresponding date. I will check reading logs every day.

Spelling: New words of this week are in, is, you, that, it     (We usually take spelling test every two weeks but since we are still learning routines we will use these words and last week words for an extra week.  So next week their spelling words will be last weeks words and this weeks word again.  The reason I am spending so much time on these words- which seem to be easy- is to allow them to practice what it is like to have spelling homework. ) (also we I KNOW we are a little more tired when we get home than we will be in a few weeks- at least I know I am! )

Math: we are working on how we can solve word problems- Focusing on drawing a picture to solve of using a tens frame to help us solve.

Science/Social Studies: We are doing an author study over Kevin Henkes!  WE will read a variety of books by him and compare the characters.  We are also learning what the word infer means!



August 20th – 24th

It’s our first full week!

Our objectives this week:

Reading: We are predicting what will come next in our story.

Spelling: We have 5 new spelling words.  Please practice them at home.  Spelling words: a, to, of, and, the

Math: Reviewing  numbers

Science/Social Studies: Classroom procedures and rules


++ Please let your child bring a water bottle to class each day, this eliminates the need to leave the room for a drink of water+++

~Please check planner for notes each day and initial.  You can write me note in there as well.


We have new spelling words starting this week! Practice spelling and reading these words each night.

You can
-write them on paper
-write them with sidewalk chalk outside
-make flashcards and read them
-use shaving cream to write them out in
-Use playdoh to spell the words
Get creative and make it fun!
We had a great Monday!
Kelly Owens

Welcome to 1st grade!

Can you believe it is already time for the first day of school! I am very excited to get this year started and get to know all of my sweet kiddos!

I wanted to give you some information to get the year started.   I will provide snacks for the kiddos for the first few weeks of school, to help them adjusted to being back in a school routine.  After the first few weeks, we will no longer have a snack time.  (Our schedule does not allow enough time for snacks. )  I do encourage you to send a sealed water bottle to school with your kiddo.  It can ONLY be water. (Not flavored water) I do encourage the kids to drink plenty of water throughout the school day!  We have lunch from 10:45-11:15 and my conference time is from 1:15 – 2:00.

Our schedule in first is packed with lots of fun learning ALL day! Please try to make sure to be at school everyday on time and plan to stay all day long.  (We start our learning first thing in the morning and do not stop until the bell rings in the afternoon!)

I am ready to work together to help these kiddos excel! I do use Remind 101, this website and email to keep in contact! I check my email and voicemails in the morning and during my conference at 1:15 – 2 pm so please if you need to contact me please make sure I get it by my conference time.  I do not like to stop our learning to check emails.  I look forward to working with you and these precious kids!