Welcome to First Grade – 1C

Teacher:  Margie DeMuth mdemuth@stalbert.org

Assistant: Taylor Deibel   tdeibel@stalbert.org




Preparing for Our 2013-2014 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.  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

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

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

Our First Grade Homework Page

Updates and Announcement


Welcome to 1C!  I hope everyone had a relaxing summer and ready to get back to school.

Our first week of school is a short and easy week.  We will get to know each other, the big school and our daily schedule and routine.   I hope for an easy transition for parents and students.

I am looking forward to a great year.  I am excited to get to know you and your child.  Thank you for sharing your precious little ones with me.  I look forward to working with you this school year. Please feel free to email me about an questions or concerns.


Margie DeMuth


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.

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.

Guidelines for Studying for a Spelling Test

1. Do not give the words to your child in the same order each time.

2. Have your child spell each word out loud, looking at the word first.

3. Have your child write each Spelling word three times each night using this process:

Parent says the word, child repeats the word then writes the word and repeats the word again.

4. Play the Word Hunt Game on Word Box Games List.

5. Sing each Spelling word to the tune of a popular favorite song (Three Blind Mice, Old McDonald).

6. Look for likenesses (word families, __an, __ell, etc.)

7. *Add each Spelling word to your child’s Word Box.

Cootie Bug/ICMM Team Discipline

This year we will be using the ICMM classroom rules in conjunction with a Cootie Bug Co-operative Team Game for classroom management. We will follow the five I Can Manage Myself rules which encourage the children to monitor their own behavior. They will be expected to cooperate with teachers and classmates and to respect the rights and property of others. The five rules are displayed in the classroom and we will go over these rules. A report sheet will be sent home each week to let you know how your child’s behavior is progressing. On the report we will list any rules that your child may need to work on. Please keep this list.

ICMM Rules

  1.  Treat others as you would like to be treated.
  2.  Use inside voices and walking feet.
  3.  Follow directions.
  4.  Everything has a home.
  5.  Bring materials and homework to class.

We will be using the Cootie Bug Game to encourage correct behavior and also to have some fun. We will have 8 prize periods: Aug./Sept., Oct., Nov./Dec., Jan., Feb., Mar., Apr. and May. The children will choose from parties that each teacher has decided for her class. The table with the most points for the prize period decides which type party the class will have. In case of a tie with the teams, they will vote.

The class will be divided into 4 teams. The teams will change throughout the year. During the day bug parts will be awarded for good behavior or taken out for incorrect behavior. A chart will be used to keep a tally for each team’s progress. At the end of the week a stamp or sticker will be placed on the Rewards Page in each child’s Memory Book if their team has gotten their bug together 3 out of 5 days that week. We hope that the children will enjoy this game and learn good behavior in the process.

Note: Teachers will reply with an email, note or phone call within 48 hours of receiving your email.