Ten Top Ways to Be Successful in Mrs. Moore’s 1st Grade Class
1. Read together daily!!!!
Children who read at home WITH their parents perform better in school.
2. Establish a family routine for homework.
Set aside a regular, quiet time and place for students to work and be encouraging.
3. Be involved with your child's school.
Parents who are involved with the school have students that succeed better in school.
4. Focus on your child’s progress.
By focusing on what your child does well, your child feels more successful.
5. Work with your child.
Help your child study "WOW Words"(Words of the Week), listen to your child read, read TO your child, work on math facts, help practice correct letter formation, and encourage your child to write in real world situations like letter writing and shopping lists.
6. Look over your child’s papers often.
When you show an interest in what your child is doing, often the child works harder to succeed.
7. Setting limits helps your child see your priorities.
Don’t be afraid to set limits for TV, radio, video games or the like, especially during study time.
8. Teach your child to be responsible.
Your child is a student, so make them responsible for their education, such as unpacking and packing up their backpacks.
9. Make learning important.
Find excitement in learning by reading to and with your child, going on nature walks, taking trips to the library, and attending school/community events. The opportunities here are endless! The key is to show them that you want to learn things with them. This in turn creates life-long learners!
10. Have fun with your child!!
Discipline Plan In order for all children in our class to learn, they need rules and guidelines to follow. Without this structure, the behavior of some children may distract others, prohibiting them from learning. Most problem behaviors can be addressed with a simple nonverbal sign or a quiet reminder. On occasion, continued behavior problems results in a removal from the group or activity. Parents will be notified if behaviors become disruptive. I keep the focus on positive behavior. We begin the year by building classroom community and friendships. I’m sure you desire your child to become all he/she can be. With your support of our classroom discipline system, I will be better able to teach and help your child reach his/her potential.
"Super Kid" Rewards Proud Pass to the Office-students get to take a trip to the office to "brag" about their reward! Mrs. Perry, Mrs. Knollhoff, or Mrs. Warner will "ooh and ahh" over them and take a picture of their moment.
Sit at the Teacher's Desk-when students choose this reward they get to sit at my desk all day. They get to use my teacher supplies, including pens and liquid white-out. (oooh...white-out, a major hightlight for all first graders!)
No Homework Pass-students get to skip a night of homework.(a favorite pick among parents)
Free Choice Stations-students may choose any station to go to during our Guided Reading Literacy Station Block.
Our discipline chart uses colors to represent behavior:
Green-everyone begins their day here, and hopefully ends it here as well!
Yellow-a verbal warning is given about misbehavior.
Orange-time out is given and parents are notified via discipline book.
Red- phone call to parent, loss of self-manager badge, and possible three-way conference with parent, student, and teacher is scheduled.
Please write notes for me in your child's character book or clip loose notes direcly to the book or place in the pocket labeled "Back to School". You can contact me at school by email firstname.lastname@example.org anytime. Please be aware that I may not be able to check my email until after school. You may also call and leave a voice mail, but again, I may not be able to check it until after school. My classroom phone number is 357-4053. I will return your email or call within 24 hours. If you need to get a message to me or your child that same day, it is best to call the school office at 357-5000, they will make sure the message is delivered.
"Ten Ways to Communicate with your Child's Teacher”
1. Meet your child’s teacher early in the school year. Don’t wait for a problem to occur before you actually come in to visit.
2. Ask teachers about their goals, rules, and limits, and how often you can expect to hear from them.
3. Tell teachers about your child’s special talents, likes, dislikes, strengths, and weaknesses. You may want to tell the teacher about any major changes in your child’s life.
4. Get involved at school. Volunteer in the classroom or for special events such as parties and field trips.
5. Make sure your child's teacher knows your schedule and knows how to reach you.
6. Let teachers know the good things your child says about them.
7. Ask questions when you have concerns and stay informed about what’s going on at school.
8. When requesting a meeting, state your general topic so the teacher can prepare.
9. Avoid automatically taking sides, whether the teacher’s or your child’s. Try to stay objective and state your observations only.
10. Share what you would like to see happen. Be specific and ask for details.
Remember, your child learns by watching you.