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Mrs. Horn

Room 9

Welcome to First Grade!

 I am so excited to begin the school year! I am always
   amazed at the progress that each student makes
throughout the year. I hope the following information
  will be helpful for you and your child. 

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 Wish List

 Plastic spoons, kitchen sized paper cups, graham crackers or saltine crackers.
  Ways To Communicate:

    phone: 860-487-6419
    email:  bhorn@ashfordct.org
    Class Dojo account

Snack and Lunch
Milk costs $.50 and is available for snack     and lunch.
Lunch costs $2.75 - there are four choices, you may prepay any amount and the cafeteria will keep track and remind you when you child needs more money.



Hi! This is my 18th year teaching at Ashford School - 4 years as a Kindergarten and Preschool teacher, and this is my 14th year as a First Grade teacher. I look forward to getting to know all of my new students and during the course of the year, they also get to know me. This process mostly takes place during our MEETINGS, when students and I share about our lives, our likes and dislikes, our families, our vacations, and so on. Since most of you will not be at our daily Meetings, I will share a little about myself here.

I live on Lake Chaffee in Ashford and enjoy the water throughout the seasons. My son and daughter are grown and on their own, so my husband and I are empty-nesters enjoying the quiet at home. We are happy grandparents!I have three favorite things to do when I am not teaching: playing the violin, gardening and reading. I have played the violin since I was nine. My undergraduate degree is in Music Education, and I taught the stringed instruments in public schools for five years. I have also taught many private students, but now I am playing with the Willimantic Orchestra and some chamber groups. 

I think that if I was not a teacher, I would like to be a landscaper/gardener/farmer. I love watching things grow - flowers and vegetables, and working outside. My favorite genre of books is historical fiction, as I like to learn more about the history and places of the world. I also enjoy taking walks and doing some running. 

Our Specials Schedule

 Day 1    Day 1 Day 3 Day 4
 Music Library
Computer Lab




Things to Remember:

* sneakers are required for P.E. - preferably tied and not velcro.
* girls should wear pants or leggings under a skirt/dress.
* library books need to be returned before your child can borrow a new one.
* a snack and drink item is needed every day - please keep this simple and easy for your child.


Our Daily Schedule

         Morning Work
When your child arrives at the classroom, he/she will:  sign-in and answer "The Question of the Day"; choose from the Lunch choices by putting his/her star on the proper card (Hot Lunch, Cold Lunch, Yogurt Lunch, Sandwich Lunch, or Peanut Butter Sandwich); hang up backpack and outerwear; take out notes and/or homework; choose his/her new book for homework; complete morning work.
Morning Meeting
We gather as a whole group at the Meeting Area. This time consists of many things, but we always greet one another in a variety of ways. Some days we do a fun activity and/or share to build our community, then we read the message and do our daily work (keep track of the days in school, review our daily schedule ,etc). Finally we begin our academic learning by doing phonemic awareness activities, practicing spelling words or grammar, reading books or poetry, practice math flash cards, and other related activities. 

This time involves whole group learning, small group learning and Center Activities. Most lessons begin with a Smartboard visual about the lesson for the day. Students are grouped by ability for the small group work, and students choose from Center Activities and keep track of their learning using a menu. 


        RECESS on Days 2 and 4, SPECIALS on Days 1 and 3  

Students are grouped by their reading level and work in a small group with a teacher. Also, like in Math, students work in Center Activities that they choose from the menu which changes periodically.




            READ ALOUD, Spelling, Handwriting, Poetry


            SPANISH(Day 1 and 3), Computer Lab(2:30-3:00, Day 2), Poetry, Scholastic News, Second Step

First Grade Sight Words:

Dolch Pre-Primer   and away big blue can come down find for funny go help here in is it

jump little look make me my no tplay red run said see the three to two up we where yellow


Dolch Primer    all am are at ate be black brown but came did do eat four get good have he

into like must new no now on our out please pretty ran ride saw say she so soon that there

they this too under want was well went what white who will with yes

Dolch First Grade    after again an any ask as by could every fly from give going had has her

him his how just know let live may of old once open over put round some stop take thank

them then think walk were when


Field Trips:

  We see a live performance at Hyde Center in Woodstock and we travel to the Legoland Museum in the Boston area.


Students receive a MONTHLY BOOK LOG and MONTHLY HOMEWORK MENU that includes activities to choose and work on. Also, Spelling Words are sent home weekly along with a menu to choose different ways to practice the words. Students may choose and bring home books at their reading level, books above their reading level, and books of interest to read and record on the Book Log. When the menus are returned at the end of the month, students may choose a prize from the prize box.


Here are a few sites that your child might enjoy:







Classroom Behavior Policy

The Golden Rule - "Treat others the way you want to be treated"

This is the most important saying in our classroom. We discuss what the Golden Rule means - how it looks, how it sounds, and how it feels. It is the foundation on which we build our classroom community. All children learn best in an environment where they feel safe and happy. We talk about what needs to happen in order for us all to feel this way. We come up with "rules" which are displayed on a poster and the children all sign. It is our contract and all students are expected to follow these rules.

All year we read stories and sing songs about character education such as How Full Is Your Bucket? and Let Your Little Light Shine. We have a class bucket that we add "drops" to when the whole class shows respect, responsibility or pride.  When we reach our goal there is a celebration! 

Another positive approach to behavior in the classroom is having a "Punch Ticket" for each student. When their ticket has been fully punched, students can pick from a variety of choices such as an item from the prize box, having a class stuffed animal for the day, and lunch with me. I use the school "Paw Power Tickets" all year long to reward students for positive choices. These earn lunch with Mr. Hopkins or Mr. Dukette, a picture with PAWS, or cash for the school store.

I also use the Class Dojo with my students. They can earn a point when they show RESPONSIBILITY, RESPECT, and PRIDE - our Ashford School Values  - during the course of the day.