THEME FOR 2016-2017 "Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world." Jn 1:29

WELCOME TO OUR FIRST GRADE BLOG SPOT! This is where we will try to keep you up to date on what is happening in our classroom.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016


Good evening,

We had another busy, great day in first grade.

Christ Light- I mentioned that it was just before Jesus ministry that John saw him and said "Look, the Lamb of God," our school theme.  Then Jesus did his first miracle, our story of the day.  We talked about how he meets our needs today!

Friendship Week: Mrs. Amy Bayer visited our class.  She is a member of Faith, parent of a kindergartner, and social worker at Agnesian.  She read a book to us that described our many emotions, then we made "stress balls" with balloons and playdough.  The kids can squeeze away when they are upset!

Superkids:  WH and TH sounds review.  We also spent a great deal of time practicing our memory words, the question words (when? who? what? which? where? why?)  The kids took a library book home to read.

Science: We continued our plant unit.  Today we did some fun pages in our book about plant parts and their jobs!

Math: Lesson 22B   Ordinal numbers (first-sixth).

Remember WLA cross country track meet is tomorrow (Wed) after school for grades K-8.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Back at it!

Happy Monday!  We were very busy today.

Congrats Eli on your baptism over the weekend.  We are so glad  you are part of God's family!!!

Christ Light:  6A Jesus First Miracle.  Please read.  MT  (oops, I forgot to type it in the chart) 1Peter 5:7  Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you.

FRIENDSHIP WEEK started today:  We discussed "Get Along With Others."  Eph 4:32 was our focus "Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other just as in Christ God forgave you.  

Reading:  Today we started the new th and wh sounds.  We practiced reading, listening to and speaking words with those sounds.  Notice the new spelling words on the homework chart.  The test will be next week.

Book Bags: The leveled readers were sent home tonight.  Please have your child read and you sign.

Math:  We began writing number sentences today.  We made our final math station rotation, too.  I will get new ones set up.  :)

Science:  Plants.  Ask about the experiment we set up today.  Plant needs.  Which did we take away from a plant?

Gym:  Relay races the length of the gym were a ton of fun.
Music:  Mrs. H :)

Liberty and Jaiden, we pray you are feeling better soon!!!

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Thrilling Thursday!

First Grade Weekly Note  September 22, 2016
Faith1stgrade.blogspot.com      Sorry, no pictures, but daily updates this week.  

Faith Alive  The school newsletter will be sent out today.  It is loaded with information!  

Math: Test tomorrow.  We started new math stations, too.  1) Make a Number in different ways (2+5=7, 3+4=7) with beads.  2) ipad app Xtra Math  (log in info at the bottom so you may try at home).  3) Qwirkle (my favorite attribute game).  4)  Desk Work- Basic Addition

Science: We are busy with our new unit on plants. Ask about the seeds we planted today!!! 

MAP testing:  Mr H has included a letter to help you understand your child’s math and reading scores on our recent test.  Overall, the class did well!  I still have some things to teach them, however.  :)  
Leveled Readers in ziploc Book Bags.  I will send these home about 2 times each week.  On the other nights your child will choose a library book or read from their Superkids hardcover.  Check the homework chart.  :) Thanks for listening to your child read and signing the reading log, only for the ziploc books.     

Book Orders:  WOW!  Thank you for all the orders.  I ordered about 25 extra free books for our class library based on your large order.  THANKS!!!  They will be sent home soon!

Field Trip on October 4th.  Bookworm Gardens.  If I did not get your slip yet another was sent home today.  Thanks!

School Picture envelopes are due tomorrow!  

Grand Day invites are also being sent home.  Please RSVP to me, even if you did in another class.  Thank you.  It will be a great day.  

Substitute I will not be at school on Thursday afternoon or Friday morning.  (I am getting my right leg veins treated).  Michelle Schmidt (a member and ECP worker) will be here with Mrs. G and Mrs. M.  

Wednesday, September 21, 2016


Christ Light:  Please read Jesus is Tempted  5B
MT  1 Peter 5:8 Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.  (We practiced by putting phrases in the correct order, like a sentence puzzle).

Reading:  Read "The Patch-It-Up Shop" pg 17.  It is short and sweet, so many kids also brought home library books.

Math:  We made a cool graph today based on the Apple Seeds we found yesterday in our apples.  I will try to get a picture posted later.  Do Lesson 19B

Science:  More "plant needs" work.

Math stations:  New today.  Ask about them.  Some kids got a turn on the ipad and our new app- "Xtra Math."

Gym:  Ask about the "Bridges"  and Trains we made.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016


Christ Light:  We reviewed Jesus is baptized.  What fun to chat about the Trinity again and compare Jesus baptism to our own.

Reading:  We reread our Book Bag books.  Many kids are going to need harder books!!!  :)  We also practiced our word family words- -sh,  -ch, and   -tch.  I shared the rule  -tch always follows a vowel.
Writing:  Ask to see the wonderful Zoo piece your child did!

Science:  Today we started our Plant unit.

Math:  Lesson 18B    Ask what I cut in "half."  Then we cut that fruit into little pieces and found seeds for math later this week.  Some kids even came to my backyard to pick the fruit for class. :)

Monday, September 19, 2016


We welcomed Monday very well in first grade.  The kids were excited to share their weekend highlights during our morning meeting time.  Half the class has new "jobs" and half the class has the week off.  Ask your child.  We also we delighted when the "Cookie Lady" showed up.  Her Lamb cookies were so cute and delicious!

Christ Light: Read story 5A, John Baptizes Jesus.  Ask about the Trinity, three persons of God, present at Jesus baptism.  MT Mark 10:45 The Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve!

Superkids:  We practicing our memory words and pattern words.  See the back side of the homework chart.  Spelling test Friday on these words.  We also read a great poem, "Ettabetta's Radish Patch."  Finally we found rhyming words in the poems.

Poetry:  Read the new Apple poems this week.

Math:  Lesson 17.

Reading Stations:  We did our final reading stations, too, so I will set up new ones.

Reading Book Bags sent home:  I am sending home leveled readers with your kids in ziploc baggies.  These are books I choose that they should read to you.  On nights when I send those home, they will not bring home library books.  Sign the chart and return them tomorrow.  You may certainly read more of your own books at home, since our readers can be short.  

Science:  We finished our Animal unit today by taking the assessment.  I will record those grades and send them home.  I know we learned a lot and loved learning all about animals.  Next up? Plants!

Gym:  Ask about our new game "Statues and Runners."  Music:  The kids were working on their song for Grand Day, October 7th.  Oops- I will try to get the invites home to you tomorrow!!!

Thursday, September 15, 2016


Christ Light:  We reviewed John the Baptist.  The kids learned the difference between the law, message of sin, and gospel, message of our Savior.  We sorted cards by their content.  Everyone recited the MT, too.

Reading:  How fun to begin our Superkids hardcover book.  It looked like a HUGE book.  One girl asked, ""How do we know when to stop reading?"  Please cover the book and have your child read the first story (pg 7-15).

Math:  Test today, no homework!  We also did math stations.

Science:  Animal groups.  We played a new game and sorted animals (picture cards) in new ways- fur, scales, and feathers.   Also "climb, walk, and live in holes."

The kids chose if they wanted a library book or not.  The Superkids book is plenty of reading.

Have a great night.