Welcome to First Grade – 1A

Teacher: Jamie Brauner    jbrauner@stalbert.org
Assistant Teacher: Amy Baker   abaker@stalbert.org

Preparing for Our 2012-2013 School Year

Dear First Grade Parents, 
This year we are putting a lot of our forms and information online for you to access and to print and return where indicated.  (Text is highlighted in blue to help you quickly identify this information). Click below to access this helpful information, forms and handbook.

First Grade Forms/Information
Helpful Homework Hints
Preparing For First Grade
Sight Words from Kindergarten

Welcome to the First Grade!  Our First Grade Handbook is available here, it is a wonderful reference guide filled with helpful information.

If you haven’t already, please click on First Grade Forms/Information(in blue).  Here you find information forms for you to fill out and return to school.  These forms give you information about first grade as well as give me information that will help me as your child’s teacher.


Our First Grade Homework Page

Book Orders
We will be sending home book offers throughout the school year for your child. If you are interested in purchasing some books, make your checks payable to the correct company, ie Scholastic. If you are ordering books from different companies, you need to have separate checks for each. Due dates will be on the order forms.

Games for Word Boxes
Please keep these suggestions and all Word Lists as you will use them throughout the year. Cut 20 blank cards(or use cards from an old deck of playing cards) to paper clip to 1 side of the word cards for use with many of the games. The blank cards will be used if needed to cover one side of the card as all word cards have words on both sides.     **Parents, remember to lose sometimes when playing! 

ABC Order 2 Players
Begin with 20 cards, face down. Each person chooses 3 cards keeping them face down. Say “go”, turn cards over and place in ABC order. First player to finish correctly wins and gets to keep those cards. Unclaimed cards are returned and mixed up for next try. Increase to 5 cards and increase total to 30 as words increase in the box. 

Make category cards(ex.: Person, Place, Animal, Thing, Telling Word, Describing Words (adjectives,adverbs).

Choose cards for these categories from the Word Box and make a deck, then pick 1 card at a time and place under the correct category card. 

Set up word cards like a Bingo card, use buttons or pennies for covers. Call out words from the Word Lists in random order until “Bingo” is called. Decide before each game which column or diagonal is to be covered. 

Child will clap out syllables of words or can play having child clap when the parent says the correct beginning sound. Ex. Say : “bug”   then say “s,b”. 

Pull Out
Pull out words from the box and have the child quickly say the word.
You can also ask the student to use the word in a sentence. 

Concentration 2 players
Choose 4 pairs of words with the same beginning sound and 1 non-matching card (ex.:2 c, 2 d, 2 h, 2 s, 1 k word cards). Lay down cards in a 3 x 3 grid. Turn over 2 cards at a time, if cards match, player keeps cards, if not turn back over and continue play. 

**Use the same game for ending sounds, matching words with the same vowel sounds or naming words(nouns), matching 2 persons, places or things. 

Hi Everyone!

It was wonderful to meet all of you! I look forward to working with all of you this year.  If you ever need to contact me please email me at the above address.  I would be happy to help you in any way that I can.

Please read over the information I gave to you during Open Classrooms.  If you have any questions don’t hesitate to ask me. Please have everything completed by the end of next week, August 22nd.  

I’m looking forward to a great year!

Mrs. Brauner