• Math

    You can play Addition War or Subtraction War card games for fun practice of addition and subtraction math facts.

    You can have them help you measure ingredients when you are cooking. Use the term halves and quarters.

    You can talk about how long things take to do (time). Cooking dinner, brushing teeth, watching a tv show, driving to the store, driving to another state, read a chapter book, ect.  Use the words: seconds, minutes, hours, and days.

    Math Papers: Coming home there will be papers that say "Problem Set" and papers that say "Homework".  Problem Set papers usually have been partially completed in class. First Grade does not officially assign math homework, however, these homework pages can be done at home for practice but they are NOT required to be returned. There may also be pages labeled "Exit Ticket". If this page is not completed it can also be done at home, but again it is not required.  If you choose to have your child do the homework or exit ticket, the problem set paper for the same lesson has similar types of problems that can be used to explain the other pages problems. Any template pages can be thrown away.  Sprint/Fluency pages are timed in class for 90 seconds.  Most likely the page will not be complete. All of these pages are optional.  If you have questions on the math, email me your question or write a note on the math paper.

    Language Arts

    Homework: At the beginning of each story, copies of the weekly story and stories that focus on our phonics skill for the week will be coming home to be read.    They are attached to the weekly skill paper.  The weekly story paper should be practiced by your child nightly. It might be necessary for you to read the story to your child several times and then read it with them several times.  Save them in a folder or binder for your child to read again and again in future weeks. This will build reading fluency. 

    Your child should be reading or be read to, 20 to 30 minutes every day.  This can be RAZ-Kids online, magazines, comics, books, letters, the weekly story, phonetic stories, ect.  If you are in need of books for your child to read, please let me know and I will send some home with your child.  They can exchange them each day or week.

    Most of the worksheets that we do in class have a home connection activity at the bottom of the paper. You can do any of these with your child if you would like.

    If you find papers that are not complete, go over what isn’t finished with them.

    You can ask your child how to spell words as you are driving in the car or making dinner. Each week I give examples of words we are working on in the Vos' Voyagers Weekly Newsletter web page.

    You can ask your child to write lists for you or write a sentence about their day.

    Coloring books and working with clay improve fine motor skills that help with penmanship.

    Your child is signed up with www.raz-kids.com which is an online reading comprehension website. The teacher user name you will input is lvos1st. Then click on your child’s name. Their password is their student id number. We will be using this website for reading comprehension practice.  It can be used at home and at school.  It is also available as an app on ipads, tablets, and smartphones.