September, 2016

    Dear First Grade Parents:


    During the third week of first grade, we will begin our reading homework routine for this 2015-16 school year. Your child will be required to read every night, Monday through Thursday. He/she has been assigned a consumable (paper) book based on our most recent, beginning-of-the-year DIBELS phonics and comprehension assessment(s), students' prior reading experience, and last spring’s end-of-kindergarten scores. 

    At the very beginning of the year, books sent home are consumable readers and do NOT have to be returned to school. Later on, we will transition to an individual text format. Please keep the consumable readers together so that they can be re-read many additional times. Children may also enjoy coloring them and highlighting the frequency words they are learning in class for additional clarification.

    Each night your child will read for 15-20 minutes. Therefore, the same book will need to be re-read multiple times to increase word recall and improve fluency. Within a clear, page protector inside each student’s homework notebook, we will include a list of reading strategies to help you assist your child.

    It is extremely important that your child complete his/her homework every night, Monday thru Thursday. FIRST GRADE IS THE MOST CRUCIAL YEAR IN READING DEVELOPMENT. It is our sincere hope that your child will love reading and become a life-long reader. The only way to become a better reader is to read, read, and then read some more!!! We look forward to working with you to develop your child’s reading progress. If/when any questions do arise, please feel free to contact us.



                                                                                                                                                                                          Ms. Kathea Semones, First Grade Classroom Teacher

                                                                                                                                                                                          Ms. Megan Darden, Student Teacher
                                                                                                                                                                                          Ms. Jane Harris,  Part-Time Teacher Assistant