Preparing for First Grade

Informational Resources for Parents
Connections are Everywhere
Asking and answering questions are not just important for reading; these skills are also good for learning how to think critically. You can use the same before, during, and after reading skills mentioned above with movies, television shows, and video games. Read the synopsis of a movie or television show and ask your child to predict what is going to happen. Watch the entire television show or play the video game. After watching the program, apply the same skills for reading in your discussion of the movie, television show, or video game.
Preparing Your Child for 1st Grade
Preventing the Summer Slide
Read, Read, Read.
Reading is so important in helping students become fluent and proficient readers. Reading also allows students to develop background knowledge in various subject areas, and it enhances their vocabulary and comprehension skills. Here are a few tips for reading with your child:
Reading aloud to your child is important in helping them hear proficient and fluent reading. Provide a balance of fiction and non-fiction text.
 Before reading, look at the pictures and have your child predict what will happen.
 During the first reading, read the entire text without stopping so your child can focus on the details in the story or passage.
 After reading, ask your child to retell information from the text with key details. Retell the story or passage together if your child is having difficulty with the key details.
Reread the text together on several different days and discuss what was noticed about the characters, setting, and problem in the story. Help your child identify words on the page that may have led to their conclusion about what they noticed in the text. This is also a great time to focus on learning a new vocabulary word in the text. You can raise the rigor level by asking your child how two characters are the same or different. Children can also compare the experiences of the characters in the story. Make these comparisons together if your child is having difficulty with these rigorous activities.
Connect this reading experience to writing and have students draw and write a similar story or an opinion about the text. Continue to think of creative ways to incorporate reading and writing activities. Help children assess their writing for capitalization, spelling, punctuation, finger spaces, neatness, and clarity.
The Summer Slide
The phrase summer slide may conjure up images of water sprinklers, fun in the sun, and endless servings of cool, refreshing drinks; however, the reality of this phrase paints a more dismal picture than what we might imagine. The summer slide is a phrase used to describe the phenomenon of the loss of academic achievement that children experience during the summer when they are not engaged in learning activities (Maughan, 2016). Some students may even lose up to two months of academic skills (Allington & McGill-Franzen, 2013). This phenomenon makes continued learning difficult for students as they begin the next school year because teachers have to reteach these skills in order to progress with new skills. However, there are several things you can do to help your child maintain their academic gains over the summer. Please see the following resources for more ideas—Ms. Stanley’s blog: and CCSD Summer Link
Dr. Jones-Pringle
Literacy Specialist, Pitner Elementary School
Independent Reading Time
The library is an excellent resource over the summer. The local library often has summer reading programs where students can choose a book that is just right for them.
 Independent reading time allows your child to gain independence in reading fluency and comprehension as he or she practices the skills you worked on together when you were reading aloud.
 Strive for 20 minutes of independent reading time daily.
 Have students read both fiction and non-fiction texts.
 You can monitor their fluency and comprehension during independent reading by doing two things: 1) have your child read one or two pages aloud before reading independently and 2) you and your child should ask questions about what was read during independent reading and engage in a discussion of the text.

Backwards Alphabet Countdown!

Dear Parents,

As we come to the end of our kindergarten year we will be doing a fun ABC count down.  We will be starting with Z and will arrive at A on the last day of school.  I have listed what we will be doing for each letter. If it is highlighted, it is something that they will need to do at home to get ready for that day. For example on Yellow day please have your child wear yellow clothes if they have them. Please do not feel that you need to purchase anything for them to wear as this is just for fun.  Please let me know if you have any questions or if you’d like to donate:

apples, chocolate syrup, doughnuts, ice cream, lollipops, or spray whipped cream.

April 17 – Zebra Day!  Wear black and white.

April 18 – Yellow Day! Wear yellow to school.

April 19 – X-change Autographs at school with your friends!

April 22 – Western Day!  Wear cowboy or cowgirl hats, or boots, or clothes.

April 23 – Very Important Field Trip Day. Wear your class t-shirt.

April 24 – Unicorn Day! We will make a headband at school.

April 25 – T-shirt Day! Wear your favorite T-shirt.

April 26 – Sunglasses Day!  Wear your sunglasses to school!

April 29 – Red Day!  Wear red to school!

April 30 – Q and U’s Wedding!  Dress up in fancy clothes!

May 1 – Picnic Day!  We will eat lunch outside!

May 2 – Orange Day!  Wear orange to school!

May 3 – New Name Day!  Think of a different name to be called.  We will make a name tag.

May 6 – Mustache Day!

May 7 – Lollipop Day!  We will lick lollipops!

May 8 – King Day!  Wear a robe or crown!

May 9 – Jeans Day!  Everyone wear jeans and their class shirt. 

May 10 – Ice Cream Sundae Day!

May 13 – Hat Day! Wear your favorite hat to school.

May 14 – Glitter Day! We will make a glitter craft!

May 15 – Field Day!  Wear your class shirt.

May 16 – Exercise Day!  Wear gym clothes and shoes.

May 17 – Doughnut Day!

May 20 – Crazy Hair Day! 

May 21 – Bring a beach towel to sit on and play Bingo!

May 22 – Apples Day!  Last Day of School!


March 21, 2019 is Socks Day!

Oviparous Egg Hunt Details

Dear Parents,

The are enjoying our science unit about animals that hatch from eggs. On Friday, April 19th  we will have an egg hunt for oviparous toy animals that are inside plastic eggs. This activity aligns with our science standard for living and nonliving as well as a math standard for counting objects in a scattered configuration. 


I need your help to provide plastic eggs and items to fill them.   Please buy some small oviparous toys or stickers of animals such as insects, fish, birds, amphibians or reptiles to stuff the eggs with. I would really appreciate it. (The Dollar Tree has packs.)  The more donations, the better so that each child can take home at least 12.  The children will sort the toy animals at school and bring them home. I need the donations by Wednesday, April 17th.   We will not have candy in our eggs.  Your child does not need to bring a basket. 


Thank you in advance for making this a success!

Mrs. King and Mrs. Novak



Valentine’s Day


Thursday, February 14th

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner.  The students will have the opportunity to exchange Valentine’s cards with their classmates on Thursday, February 14th.  Students may bring a Valentine card for EACH student in the class.  Participation is voluntary.  However, if your child brings in Valentines they need to have a card for every child in the class.





















100th Day Project

Dear Parents,

Thursday, January 17th  , is our 100th day of school!  I would like for each child to bring in a poster displaying 100 items by Wednesday, January 16th .  For example, one year a student had a poster with 10 styrofoam bowls glued on it.  In each bowl the child glued 10 fruit loops.  All together that was 100 pieces of fruit loops cereal.  Other times, students put 100 stickers on the poster board in 10 rows with 10 in each row or drew 100 smiley faces.  They can outline their name or outline the number 100 with 100 things.   Look at my blog for examples.  You and your child can be as creative as you want, but please let your child do the counting.  The egg carton I am sending can help your child count 10 small items 10 times to make 100. PLEASE DO NOT DO THE COUNTING FOR YOUR CHILD- HELP HIM/HER COUNT BY 1’S AND 10’S TO 100.

Please send this to school by Wed. the 16th   for your child to proudly share with the class and be on display in the hall.

I can’t wait to see everyone’s creative posters!

Thank you,

Mrs. King

Fire Safety Lesson





Name ____________________________ November 29, 2018


The News


        Today is Thursday.  Firefighters wear


special clothes to do their job.  They have to


put them on quickly when the fire bell rings


at the fire station in the day or night.  I  stop,


drop, and roll if my clothes are on fire. 


I  crawl out if  smoke is in my house .  My


family will meet at the ____________________.


  1. Read “The News” with your parent.


  1. Practice stop, drop, and roll


  1. Practice fall and crawl and find a wall


  1. Ask your parent to develop an escape plan for your family in case of a fire at your house. Where will you meet?