In other classroom news, we have completed our math unit on patterns. Your student should be able to tell you the difference between a repeating pattern and a growing pattern. She/he should be able to give you examples of both types of patterns and be able to represent those patterns in more than one way, e.g. a clap-snap, clap-snap pattern could also be represented as an AB pattern or as a square-triangle pattern. We will be studying sorting and two-dimensional shapes in the last few weeks of the first quarter. For sorting, I am collecting buttons and lids. If you happen to have any loose buttons in your junk drawer, we would love to have them for our math work. Any lids that can be salvaged before you toss them in recycling would be wonderful. I found about ten lids in my family's recycling bin yesterday - everything from laundry soap to a chip container. We are hoping to have a wide variety of sizes, colors, and textures.
On Monday, your child will be bringing home our first homework packet of the year. We will add components to the homework packet as the year progresses, but for now you will see three types of assignments on the cover sheet: daily reading, word study, and an optional double-sided handwriting page. Please initial at the top of the page to indicate that your child has completed the assignments. Only the cover page needs to be returned on Friday. Please let me know if you have any questions about homework.
And, parent/teacher conferences will begin the week of October 22. We will spend time discussing your child's adjustment to first grade, strengths and areas for improvement, and the results of your child's reading assessments. These assessments are tremendously helpful to me as I work to focus our classroom instruction to meet the individual needs of each student. If you have specific questions that you would like me to address during our conference, please send them to me as soon as possible.
Thanks again and again for sharing your children with me. I am the luckiest teacher in the school!