Welcome to first grade!

Welcome to first grade with Ms. Finigan!

Welcome to my class! This year I am so excited to be teaching your children. You can expect them to further develop their reading, writing, mathematical, and thinking skills across all curriculum areas in a highly structured, positive environment. The students will experience whole group, small group, partner, and independent learning throughout the year.

In addition to high academic standards, I will be working to help your child develop a sense of personal responsibility, promote confidence, and instill a love of learning. My hope and goal is that your child will grow both academically and socially throughout the upcoming year.

If you have any questions/comments, please do not hesitate to contact me: kfinigan@lvusd.org

Upcoming Dates:

  • Monday, Dec. 10-Friday, Dec. 14: parent teacher conferences (dismissal at 12:10 unless staying for lunch then 12:40)
  • Wednesday, December 12: community project due
  • Friday, December 14: field trip to Vintage Grocers (9:45-10:45)
  • Wednesday, December 19: "Friendly Neighborhood Helpers" musical followed by cast/winter party (10:10-12:00ish)
  • Thursday, December 20: school-wide winter show in amphitheater (8:30)
  • Friday, December 21-Sunday, January 6: winter break

Curriculum Focus:

Language Arts:

  • continue leveled reading groups with nightly baggie books
  • plurals
  • compound words
  • R-controlled words


  • begin chapter 5 (relationships between addition and subtraction)
  • challenge with algebra, story problems, number line concepts up through 120

Science/Social Studies

  • communities


First grade students are assigned approximately 10 minutes a of homework Monday through Thursday nights. A “back and forth” folder will be sent home daily and a packet of homework will go home on Monday with the week’s assignments. The homework should be returned on Friday, but please send the folder back EVERYDAY. (It is where you will find important notices and completed class work, so you can monitor your child’s progress.) At home, it is important to have on hand: pencils, crayons, glue sticks, scissors, and a quiet homework spot.

In addition to the 10 minutes of homework each night, every child is expected to read or be read to for at least 10 minutes. At this age developmentally, students should be read to by an adult or older sibling, so they can hear the natural flow of reading, enjoy stories that they may not necessarily be able to read themselves, and develop their comprehension skills. As the year progresses, they should spend more time reading to you rather than you reading to them, however this should still be a special time you spend with your child, so they develop a love of learning and reading.