Ms. Maddox’s 1st Grade Winter News 

Important Dates for October!

12/5: PK-2 grade Holiday concert at 6pm!
12/18-1/ 2: Winter Break

Learning Updates!

This quarter, we will be continuing to work  on our reading strategies and phonemic awareness  in English Language Arts. We are also beginning spelling and handwriting lessons. Here are some things  that you can ask your scholar  at home to help them:

  • Segmenting words (i.e. c-a-t: there are three sounds, then have student spell the sound they hear)
  • Having them read, write and identify words with digraphs (sh, th, ch, wh, ck) and blends (bl, sl, cr, tr, ect.)
  • Have them read, write and identify their r-controlled vowels (i.e. h-er, g-ir-l, f-ur, m-or-e, c-ar)
  • Have them show and explain the different reading strategies we have practiced, while they read to you!

In math, we are working on addition and subtraction. Scholars are working extremely hard to master adding and subtracting numbers within 20 using different strategies and our number sense. Listed below are a few ways you can help at home:

  • Give scholar a number to equal the whole (1-20), then give one part and have scholar think of the other
  • Create or find addition/subtraction word problems for your scholar to read and solve.
  • Change addition sentences to subtraction sentences, vice versa. (i.e. 2+4=6, 6-4=2)
  • Have them practice adding 3 numbers up to 10 (i.e 3+7+2=12)


All scholars in our class are using the Reading A-Z  and IXL apps to practice their reading skills and Zearn and IXL to increase their understanding in math.  Scholars are doing great at using our iPads in the classroom!


Please don’t forget to check your scholar’s backpack every night for important papers and/or homework! Also, would love to see all parents and guardians connected on our Class Dojo- it’s a great way to stay in touch and see what is going on in our classroom! Thank you for your support and as always, feel free to contact me anytime!