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In Our Classroom

We read: two students reading a book together on the floor
  • We Read: In our classroom students will be participating in reading workshop for one hour every day! Reading Workshop is an instructional practice that will help your student grow as readers, speakers, and independent thinkers. Through Reading Workshop, I work hard to foster a literary community excited about reading as students are engaged in the process of becoming fluent readers and thinkers. As the teacher, I lead important lessons in all areas of reading – from book choice to building reading stamina to decoding skills to comprehension. Most importantly, students are provided with time to read and the freedom to choose any book that interests them from our classroom library.

    During reading workshop, students also participate in our small group reading lessons called guided reading. Guided reading is small-group reading instruction designed to provide differentiated teaching that supports students in developing reading proficiency. The small group model allows students to be taught in a way that is intended to be more focused on their specific needs, accelerating their progress. I have been teaching with this program for the past 2 years and the progress students make within this model of instruction is absolutely amazing!

We learn through play: two students playing a math board game
  • We Learn Through Play: In our classroom your student will have many opportunity to practice and demonstrate new skills and learning in a play based activity. Play is an important part of a child's early development. Playing helps young children's brains develop and allows their language and communication skills to mature. They also help students practice communication, develop their motor skills and help with problem-solving. Every game your student will play was created to be standards based and rigorous. Most game play will take place during our math workshop. 

We Investigate: Two students investigating a soil sample
  • We Investigate: In our classroom your student will get to participate in many hands-on science activities! These activities are planned to give students a chance to engage multiple senses. First graders learn best by doing! During these experiments students will be asked to observe, ask questions, touch, smell, and experiment. Through these activities students learn the steps to the scientific process! 

We Build: Image of student building a cage during a STEM project
  • We Build: In our classroom we participate weekly in STEAM challenges designed to get students thinking critically and working as a team! First graders will also receive monthly STEAM challenges to complete at home as family projects (optional). STEAM projects encourage students to have a driving curiosity, a belief in their abilities, a thirst for knowledge, and a passion to grow. With these skills in their toolbox, they will be equipped to tackle the challenges of higher education and the real world. 

We Research: Two students reading a book together
  • We Research: In our classroom we will participate in so many fun PBL's and research projects! We become experts on animals, insects, Ancient Egypt, frogs, plants, bees and so much more! These research projects provide your student with engaging and authentic reading and writing opportunities that foster a love for learning! First graders in our classroom use laptops and books independently to gather facts and write many informational pieces of writing throughout the year. 

We work together: a group of students sits in a circle and solves a word sort together
  • We Work Together: In our classroom students will have numerous chances to work in teams and groups! Group work is so important in first grade and has many benefits. Some of the benefits of students working collaboratively is the development of higher-level thinking skills, oral communication skills, and self-management skills. Collaborative work also helps increase student motivation and gives students exposure to many diverse perspectives. Most of all, students working together helps foster our positive classroom community!