Welcome to First Grade with Mrs. Wiggins and Mrs. Gregory!
Mrs. Wiggins is your teacher and you are so lucky to have Mrs. Gregory as an instructional assistant. She will be a teacher to you also and we are thrilled that you will be one of our students. Mrs. Wiggins got married this past June and her name changed from Ms. Arnold. :)
Please READ! READ! READ! every single day! Reading is the best homework you can ever do to help you learn, become a better reader, and to pick up good work habits. Families PLEASE read to your children EVERY night. Listen to your child read EVERY night. Make reading an important part of your daily routine. Enjoy all those snuggles that come along with reading together! :)
Each day in our classroom we participate in Daily 5 Literacy activities. Students come together as a whole group for three 15-20 minute mini-lessons with the teacher to work on CAFE skills (comprehension, accuracy, fluency, and expanding vocabulary) and then have three 20 minute sessions where they choose one of the Daily 5 activities. (Read to Self, Read to Someone, Listen to Reading, Work on Words, and Work on Writing) Social Studies and Science topics are integrated into this part of the day whenever possible. Students may write read, write or be read to about an important historical figure or an interesting science topic such as plants or animals. In addition to the integration of these two subjects, there is a 20 minute block each day after lunch and recess that is spent on science or social studies. Students are also engaged in math activities for at least an hour every day. This begins with a whole group lesson with a math warm-up (Today's Number, daily counting skills, etc.) and a whole group focus lesson by the teacher. Then students work in small groups on Daily 5 math activities. (Math By Myself, Math With Someone, Number Work, Number Writing, and Math Technology) Our students stay very busy! Teachers are constantly working with small groups, leading the whole group, and encouraging students to engage in meaningful learning activities. This is a fun place to learn!
Let's "Dive In" to a fantastic year full of learning, making memories, and GROWING into lifelong learners!
<3 Mrs. Wiggins