First graders should expect to have homework Monday-Thursday on a weekly basis. It is an expectation for all first graders to read at home daily for at least 15-20 minutes. While it may take time to develop independent reading skills, it is equally important for children to read and listen to fluent readers (you!). It is also important to talk about books and ask questions during reading to practice comprehension. If you would like to read more about reading at home with your child, click on the link below. Your child will also have an Everyday Math Homelink that reinforces the lesson taught that day in class on most nights and weekly spelling sorts and practice. If your child is having difficulty completing any homework, please email me to discuss. I also understand that there may be nights when homework is difficult to complete-don't worry-just send me a note!
During the year, your child is learning how to decode unknown words to be read accurately. To help your child remember the different strategies, I use beanie baby strategies. There are many "names" for reading strategies, but these seem to stick with first graders. Below you will find a list of some that we are learning in class. Print them out and keep them with you when reading at home.