Homework - "Practice makes progress!"

First graders should be spending approximately ten minutes per night on homework. Homework is a way to practice and reinforce skills taught in class.  It is important to start good homework habits early (such as a quiet place and a consistent time daily).  Homework folders will go home on Friday and will be due the following Friday.  Your child will have homework each week unless otherwise noted.  If your child is absent on the day homework is due, no worries, they may turn in their homework upon their return to school.  If there is no homework assigned, your child should continue to read, practice their Glue Bottle Words (see below) and math facts.

Reading - It is also important to establish a daily reading routine.  Reading daily will help improve your child's reading speed, accuracy, fluency, comprehension and vocabulary.  As your little ones are just learning to read, it is perfectly acceptable for you to read to them as it is important for your child to listen to stories too!  In time, your child will want to take over (a little at a time) and read to you!  Reading can be an enjoyable bedtime activity for you and your child that they will look forward to each night!

Glue Bottle Words - Glue Bottle Words are words that must "stick" in our brains because they don't always follow the rules or play fair.  They are also words that "stick" sentences together.  Our list of Glue Bottle Words is from the Fry list of words.  They are words that are most commonly used and read.  Helping your child read and recognize these words will improve his/her reading fluency.  (The complete first grade list of Glue Bottle Words can also be found on the back of your child's homework folder.)

Trimester 1:
Unit 1  - the, of, and, a, to, in, is, you, that, it
Unit 2 - he, for, are, with, they, was, on, as, his, I
Unit 3 - at, be, this, have, from, or, one, had, by, word
Unit 4 - but, not, what, all, were, we, when, your, can, said
Unit 5 - there, use, an, each, which, she, do, how, their, if