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Mrs. Horn

Room 2

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. It will change
 throughout the year, so be sure to visit often!

Use the scroll bar to scroll down for additional information.



 Wish List

 Plastic spoons, kitchen sized paper cups, graham crackers or saltine crackers.
      
Important Rule

No toys or play cards allowed - they  
will be held at school until an adult
can come to take it back home.



Snack and Lunch
Milk costs $.50 and is available for snack and lunch.
Lunch costs $2.50, there are four choices and you may prepay any amount. The cafeteria will keep track and remind you when you child needs more money.


 
Ways To Communicate:

During the course of the year, you may contact me by phone at 860-487-6419, or by email at bhorn@ashfordct.org.
I will check my email every morning before school begins, but during the day there often is not time, so a phone call will be needed for an issue that comes up during the day and needs a response for that day.




A LITTLE ABOUT ME

Hi! This is my 15th year teaching at Ashford School - 4 years as a Kindergarten and Preschool teacher, and this will be my 10th 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. 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, but I also want interesting characters and plots. I also enjoy taking walks and doing some running. 






Our Specials Schedule



 Day 1    Day 1 Day 3 Day 4
 P.E.
Art

PE


Music

               
Library: Friday
Computer Lab: Friday



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 weekly for your child to 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


8:15-8:35
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 clothespin on the proper card (Hot Lunch, Cold Lunch, Yogurt Lunch, Sandwich Lunch, or Peanut Butter Sandwich); sign up for Snack Milk; hang up backpack and outerwear; take out notes and/or homework; choose his/her new book for homework; read or complete morning work.
 
8:50-9:30 
We gather as a whole group at the Meeting Area for AM Meeting. This consists of many things, but we always greet one another in a variety of ways and do a fun group activity. Some days we share too, 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 the first part of our Reading Block doing phonemic awareness activities, practicing spelling words and grammar, reading books or poetry, and other related activities. 

9:30-11:30  
This is a block of time that changes according to the day. Tuesday and Thursday from 9:30-10:00 will be Science. This will be our Language Arts block that includes Guided Reading and Literacy Center work, Spelling, and SSR.

                        SNACK:     MWF - 9:30-9:50      T and TH - 10:05-10:20

11:30-11:55  
Lunch

12:00-12:30  
Recess

12:30-3:05 
Our Specials are always at 1:32-2:07. Please see above chart for the schedule which is on a four day cycle. The afternoon will include Read Aloud, Writing, Math and PM Meeting.



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

you


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




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Field Trips:


  We see a live performance at Hyde Center in Woodstock and we are looking into a new trip for this year instead of the CT Science Center that we have been visiting in previous years.







Homework

Homework may change throughout the year.

Each student will begin the "Take-Home Reading Program" which will continue for the entire year. Scroll down for more information on the "Take-Home Reading Program".

When we begin Lesson 1 in our Reading Anthology Program, students will have a spelling word list that will go home on Monday to practice for the test on Friday. 

Sight words not recognized will be sent home for practice.

There may be a worksheet to practice a Math skill.

The topic for "Sharing" for the week.


Toward the end of the year, each student is given a book at his/her reading level with an assignment that practices reading comprehension. This book and written work is assigned on Monday and due by Friday.

Homework:
    * Spelling Words from Reading Anthology Lesson
    * Sight words 
    * Daily reading and recording book on log
    * Math Worksheet
    * Book with written activity (later in the year)
    



Links

Here are a few sites that your child might enjoy:


www.starfall.com

www.spellingcity.com                                 


www.thinkfinity.com                                  

www.funbrain


www.abcya.com

 
 
Take-Home Reading Program

The Take-Home Reading Program is daily homework for each student and accounts for each student's reading level. It consists of a book(s) and a reading log.

Book

Each student learns how to pick a "just right" book. This means that the student can read most of the words in the book himself/herself. A "just right" book is the kind of book each student should mostly take home. This allows the student to read the book on his/her own and to practice fluency (reading in a flowing manner and with expression). Many students' "just right" books are simple and short. This type of  book should be read several times for practice. A student reading this kind of book will be taking more than one each day for homework.

 Students often like to take books that are above their reading level. Many longer fiction books and nonfiction books are interesting to students, but too difficult to read without assistance. Students are allowed to pick such  books once a week, and the adult can read to and/or assist  with the reading.

Log

The Reading Log is a paper on which your child or you will list the book(s) or pages or chapters read each day. It has a space for comments and parent signature. The Daily Book(s)  go home every day. Your child will pick his/her new book each morning. The Reading Log should stay in the Take-Home Bag until it is filled in. I will keep these and your child will bring home a new log. It is amazing to see the amount of books your child reads by the end of the year, as I keep them and send the packet home at the end of the school year. For students reading chapter books and longer books, it is acceptable to read one or two chapters a day, and to record the chapters and/or pages read on the log.



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 secure. We talk about what needs to happen in order for us all to feel this way. We come up with "rules" which I display on a poster and the children all sign. It is our contract and all students are expected to follow these rules.

We have three apples on the wall in our classroom that visually shows how a student is doing in the classroom. When we are following the rules and making good choices, each student's worm stays on the
green apple which signifies "I'm doing great!". If a child needs reminders to do his/her job, he/she will get one clear reminder of the rules, and if the child does not comply, his/her worm moves to the yellow apple  and I will contact the student's family. Worms return to the green apple when a student shows that they are ready. There also is an "outstanding star" that a student's worm can be moved to when he/she shows respect, responsibility or pride. 

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 picking 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 Mrs. Ford, a picture with PAWS, or cash for the school store. Later in the year we may use the Class Dojo system.