Dear Parents,

     Welcome to one of the most incredible years your child will have in his/her school career!  First grade is an exciting time as children embark upon new adventures in the world of learning. This is a year of important transitions, as well as one in which acquisition of new skills is accelerated.
    
     During First Grade, your child will learn how to read, write stories, add, subtract, and so much more.  I hope to make your child's first full day learning experience a fun and exciting one, and I hope to instill a love of learning that will last throughout your child's years of schooling.

     So much happens in First Grade!  Because of this, parents as well as children may have some apprehensions about what will happen.  It is extremely important to keep in mind that we all build on small successes.  Each child will progress at his/her own rate, acquiring skills as he/she is developmentally ready.  Maintaining each child's self-esteem and building a secure foundation for future growth will always remain a priority in our first grade.  Here are some ways you can help:

1.  Celebrate your child's success, no matter how small it may seem. 
     This will keep your child enthusiastic about learning and proud of
     their work.

2.  Keep updated with our monthly
newsletters and weekly homework
     This will have important information for the week and month,
     along with exciting events of things to come, spelling ideas,
story words,
    
basic sight words, and helpful reminders.

3.  Read to and with your child everyday, if possible.  The more your
     child is exposed to language, the easier it will be for him/her to       
     incorporate new skills in reading and writing in the classroom.  
     Remember to record all reading in your child's reading log.

4.  Please do not hesitate to call or
email me with ANY questions
     or concerns!

                                                                         Thank you!
                                                                         Mrs. Miller
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