Hi everyone, I am excited to be teaching your first graders this year. Let me tell you a little about myself. I am from this community and have lived here all my life. My mother, aunts, uncles, siblings, and children all attended school here at Dixie, but I did not have that privilege. Still, I have a great love for the school. I am married to Glenda James who is our music teacher. We have three grown children and five grand-children.
In addition to our work here, Glenda and I lead the music program at Pineview Baptist Church. 

Our year is off to a great start! I am excited for what we will accomplish this year. Please know that your child’s success is my first priority. Call any time you have questions.

                                    Mr. James

The week of 080618-081018

Math skills: 
We are adding for sums within 10, particularly 5 + problems.

Math study tips:
Cut the end slots from an egg carton so that each row has 5 slots. Have your student put a counter (a dry bean, a plastic egg, any similar item) in each slot of the top row. Students should be able to tell you that there are 5 counters in that row. Add counters to the bottom row and have students develop number sentences to represent what their egg carton counter reflects. 
Examples are:
5 + 1 = 6
5 + 4 = 9

Have students say and write numbers as far as they can with a goal of saying and writing to 120 by the end of the year.
Practice skip counting by 10 starting with 10.
10 20, 30, 40, 50, 60 70, 80, 90, 100, 110, 120
and so on.

Our math words:
add - putting numbers together
sum - the answer to an addition problem
addend - the numbers being added together in an addition problem
count on - to list or name numerals in order, starting at the given numeral 
equal - the same amount on both sides
skip counting - counting forward and backward by any number other than 1

Language Arts skills:

Spelling Words:

Sight Words:

Spelling Sentences:
*Remember that a sentence begins with a capital letter and ends with the proper punctuation mark.

Reading skills: 
Reading homework: Study sight words. 
Please have your child read to you for 20 minutes each day. It is best if you can sit down one on one with them to do this, but we know sometimes this is not possible so it is okay to have them read while you are riding in the car, making supper, or going about your other activities.

"What we learn becomes part of who we are." unknown

What is AR?
AR stands for Accelerated Reading. Learners can read books and test on the books they have read (or have been read to). With each successful test the learner earns points and rewards as they accumulate points. 

You can support your children in their point accumulation by directing them to AR books. Then they can test on the book at school. ARbookfind.com will allow you to determine if the books they read are AR books. You simply enter the book name and ARbookfind will search for you.  

Lyrics2Learn - COMING SOON
L2L is a site on which learners can practice reading fluency and comprehension by listening to specially written songs. Our students love the exciting lessons. To log on students enter kim james in the teacher field, their FIRST name in the user name field, and their lunch number for the password.  

"You have brains in your head and feet in your shoes. You can direct yourself any direction you choose."
                                                                                       Dr. Seuss

The Yellow Jacket Way
Jackets Are:
Prepared and

Here is a brief overview of our classroom expectations.


Follow directions the first time they are given.

Respect the others and their property.

Raise your hand before speaking. 

Use kind words and helping hands.

Always do your best work. 


Our students will have opportunities to be rewarded.  Students with outstanding behavior may be rewarded with Dixie Dollars.  Students will have an opportunity on Fridays to visit the Dixie Dollar store to exchange their Dixie Dollars for various rewards.  Please encourage your child to practice the Yellow Jacket Way at all times!!


Green: Good Behavior (Each child is given a fair opportunity in the classroom and will begin each day with a green light.)

Yellow: The child breaks a rule or does not fulfill an expectation.


Blue: The child continues to break the rules or has continued to not follow any expectations given.


Red: The child has already received a blue light and has continued to break rules or not follow expectations.


According to the handbook, these behavioral consequences are consequences given to level 1 behaviors. If a child continually exhibits level 1 behaviors or any level 2 behaviors, he or she will be given an office referral.

They may forget what you said, but they will not forget how you made them feel.  


You're never too old, too wacky, too wild to pick up a book and read to a child.
                                                Dr. Seuss

First Grade Truth #6
First graders need to tell you something and they also need to show you something. . . right now.
First Grade Truth #3
First graders believe that Band-Aids can make almost anything feel better. They feel the same way about ice packs.

Have your student write and complete these equations on the back of this week's 1st Grade Homework Sheet and he/she will receive a reward.
5 + 4 = _____ 
5 + 3 = _____

"Before you say something about the bar-b-que sauce on someone else's shirt, check out the bar-b-que sauce on your own shirt first." Kid President


Thank you for your support. Feel free to contact me anytime by email, a note, or calling the office and leaving a message. I will return your call. My email is jjames@forrest.k12.ms.us. 

First Grade Apples Clipart
They won't care how much you know until they know how much you care. unknown