Welcome to First Grade!!!
*Cheers to TONS of virtual learning fun while making wonderful memories during this crazy Pandemic year!
A little bit about me:)
*I was a student at PCY a long time ago
*This my 21st year teaching
*My husband runs a soccer club, CASC and a travel agency, Archer Travel
*I have 2 kids ~A son in 6th at PCY and a daughter in 9th at LCHS
*Be on time
*Sit at a chair with device ready to go on a surface
*No toys or stuffed animals in hands
*Keep animals away if possible
*Limited parent support ~ Let your kid try on their own first:)
This and That:
*If your child is sick or will not be attending a daily Zoom you need to call the office and report the absence
*Email me a short letter about your child. Include anything that you think might be helpful to get to know your child better. Please include who is usually with your child during the day. Due Sept. 8
*Students make a HUGE progress half way through the year. I completely expect this to still happen even though we are virtual:)
*Mr. Hopkins is our aide and he is helping with some of our Breakout Rooms and Independent Time
*A check ✔ on a paper means I gave the instructions and that they need to complete it during the next Independent Time.
*A :)😃 means we are finished with it and don't need it anymore.
*I will have the kids put anything I want delivered to me in the BIG Manila Envelope for the next Pickup.
*Don't do any work that hasn't been specifically assigned by ME:)
*The PLUS FOLDER side of the Purple Folder will be extra/bonus work that the students can do when they have extra time to do work. We will add to it with certain papers that I tell them to put in it.
*Spelling in First Grade ~ It's okay to have them struggle. Encourage them to "touch the sounds" by tapping their pointer finger and thumb together while sounding out the words. B~ I~ G. If a word is phonetic (can be sounded out by hearing all the sounds/letters) then let them do it. If it's tricky word with silent letters or broken spelling rules, it's your choice if you have them try their best or tell them how to spell it.
*I'm trying to make sure I catch it if a student isn't understanding something by watching them through the screen, having them ask questions, and having them hold up their work to the screen BUT I know I'm not catching everything. SO PLEASE go over their work either during the Independent Times (if you're available) or later in the day. If you see that your child missed a concept or made a bunch of mistakes it would be wonderful if you could help them with it. I would also like you to send me a picture of the mistakes or a quick email about it so I am aware.
*THANK YOU FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART FOR ALL YOUR SUPPORT!
I know this is NOT easy in any way!!!