Welcome to First Grade!
     First grade is an exciting time as children embark upon new adventures in learning.  I am looking forward to a very exciting and productive year with your child.  
     As we begin this journey we will explore many new and exciting books (covering many different genres.)  We will learn high frequency words and reading strategies to learn to decode new words as we work towards becoming independent readers and writers.  We will explore numbers as we use math strategies to learn to add and subtract by decomposing numbers, as well as learning place value, measurement, geometry, time, money, graphing, and fractions.  We will learn about weather, plants, the seasons and animal habitats.  We will compare and contrast people from different places as well as heroes of the past and present.  Our studies will include simple maps and an understanding that places and things change over time.  Through all our lessons, it is my hope that the children come to appreciate that each of us is special because God made us and has blessed each of us with many gifts.  Our religious journey will continue as we learn that Jesus teaches us about God's love and we are followers of Jesus.   I look forward to teaching and sharing our church celebrations as well as praying together each day and sharing our faith.
     I am so delighted to have your child in my class, and I am looking forward to meeting you.  I am sure that together we will make this year a wonderful experience for all of us.    
         God bless.