First Grade

The instructional support in First Grade has focused on a multi-sensory approach to learning.  During our small group time together we work on identifying letter/sound relationships, blending letter sounds, proper handwriting techniques, and spelling high frequency words.  After working with each letter sound for a week, we move onto another letter sound but still continue to review and integrate learned sounds.  High frequency words are provided by the classroom teacher to support core instruction and practiced at each session.

Letter/Sound Relationships
Some pointers when working with your child on these sounds:
  • use the key words to practice the sounds: c-cat, o-octopus, a-apple and d-dog
  • remind your child to "clip the sounds" and not sing them
  • practice listening for the sounds in words like: 
    • c: cat, cut, cup, cot, cap, cop, cad, cod
    • o: octopus, odd, hop, hot, cot, cop
    • a: apple, ant, cap, cat, dad, sap
    • d: dog, dot, dad, dig, deep, down
  • practice finger tapping out words with learned sounds
    • ask you child to show you how to finger tap out sounds
    • words to tap and spell: cad, dad, cod, etc. 
High Frequency Words/Red Words
Some pointers when working with your child on these words:
  • ask your child to show you how to "arm tap" these words: starting at the top of the arm child says each letter of the word and gradually spells the word tapping down the arm, when word is spelled child swipes down the arm and says the whole word...... "n" (tap), "o" (tap), "t" (tap)...."not" (swipe)
  • practice spelling words in the air
  • practice spelling words on whiteboards
  • practice spelling words in shaving cream or bath crayons
  • practice spelling words in play-doh
  • use words in sentences