Sunday, September 2, 2012


This has been a busy month in first grade!

In spelling, we've been reviewing letter sounds, letter formation, and sentence dictation.

In writing, we've been learning about word order, correct capitalization, punctuation, and writing complete sentences. We have also been working on observational writing. We use ‘thinking maps’ to organize our pre-writing ideas.

In reading, we've been comparing fiction and non-fiction stories. We have also been learning about predictions and sequencing. We've been introduced to many new vocabulary words in our reading series. We wrote these new words on index cards to practice throughout the year. During weeks one and two, we read many stories about cats and compared different types of literature. This past week we have been learning about ants and using the information we learn to practice our new writing skills. We have also been learning how to label pictures.
In math, we've been learning about 'partners' (numbers that go together to equal another number). For example 7 and 2 are partners of 9 because 7+2=9.

During the month of August we had many heat advisory days! This meant we were not able to go outside to recess. We took breaks in the classroom throughout the day to give the kids a chance to relax and refocus. The kids did a great job of working hard, even though they were missing some of their outside break time.
Thanks for all the support and hard work at home!


Friday, August 10, 2012

First Few Days

We've had a wonderful first few days of school. The kids are adjusting well to the new routine and are making lots of new friends. A few people have asked if there is a specific supply list for my class? The 1st grade supply list on the Quartz Hill website lists all the supplies the students will need. The only additional item your child may want is a pencil box in which to keep their supplies. Thank you for all the supplies that have already been sent.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Specials Schedule- First Quarter

Monday: Computers/Art (alternating)
Tuesday: Music
Wednesday: Computers/Art (alternating)
Thursday: P.E.
Friday: Library

Please remember to wear tennis shoes on Thursdays and to bring back library books on Fridays. We do not have specials on 1/2 days.

Monday, August 6, 2012

Welcome to 1st Grade!

Dear Parents and Students,
I am so excited to begin the new school year!  I enjoyed meeting everyone at Meet the Teacher night and am looking forward to working with all of you.  I will be using this blog to update you on projects and events in our classroom, as well as things we may be in need of throughout the year.  Each time I write a new post I will send a small slip of paper home with your child, notifying you there is new information on the blog.  Please remember I am always available by phone (855-5732) or email ( if you have any questions or concerns.  Thanks in advance for all your support.
Mrs. Hayden