1st Grade - Kari Lipe

Welcome letter

1st Grade Back to School Letter

Daily Class Schedule

7:55- First Bell

8:00- School Begins

Chapel on Wednesday

8:15-8:30- Roll call, prayer, calendar and morning activities

8:30-8:45- Phonics (charts, songs, games etc…)

8:45-9:30- Reading Groups/Seatwork

9:30-9:45- Recess and Snack

9:45-10:05- Reading Groups/Seatwork 10:00-10:40- PE (T, Th)

10:05-10:15- Centers, games, iPads, book nook and finish seatwork

10:15-10:45- Math instruction/Math manipulatives 10:20-10:40 Library (W)

10:45-11:20- Math Review/games/centers/Mad Dog Math

11:20-12:00- Lunch

12:00-12:15- Class Job (pick up trash on campus)

12:15-12:30- Spelling (test on Friday’s)

12:30-1:00- Writing

1:00-1:30- Science (M, W, F) Writing with a purpose (T) Bible (Th)

1:30-2:00- Social Studies (M, W, Th) Bible (T) Art (F)

2:00- 2:15- Clean Up/Agendas

2:15-2:20- Pack up/Line up

2:25- Dismissal


Weekly Behavior Report

Name _________________ Week of _________________

My Weekly Behavior

Color the box.






Parent Initial:

Behavior Codes

1. Calling out 6. Running in class

2. Talking during class 7. Hitting/fighting/arguing

3. Playing during class 8. Cheating/stealing/lying

4. Not following 9. Inappropriate language

Directions/not listening

10. Not using good manners

5. Teasing/bothering 11. Not following directions

Someone in PE

12. Not following directions

In Art

Teacher Comments:

1st grade


I believe that the best education for each and every child centers on a partnership between the parents and the teacher. As we work as a team, it creates consistency and a stable environment for your child to do his/her best. Because you, as parents, are your child’s first teacher it is important for us to maintain open communication. To facilitate the home/school connection, I have listed the expectations below regarding homework.

Your child has been given a “HMWK Bag” which will go home on Monday and needs to be returned on Friday. The homework I will assign will include, but not limited to, the following: This should take no longer than 20 to 30 minutes a night.

1. Reading: Students will have assigned reading each night from a classroom reader. This should be read each night so that students are prepared for in class reading groups.

2. Monthly Book Report/Project: Each month students should choose one book from the appropriate genre and complete the assigned book report/project. Your child will receive a book report/book project form at the beginning of each month. Each book report/book project will be due at the end of every month.

3. Spelling: On Friday’s your child will have a spelling test. You will find the spelling words along with a sheet of helpful ideas in the HMWK Bag. This should help prepare them for the test on Friday. There are no worksheets to turn in.

4. Memory Verse:  Students should be practicing their weekly verse each night. A Scripture Memorization Report Sheet will be going home with all the scriptures and the due dates. Each weeks verse and due date will be on our class website page as a reminder.

Other homework assignments may include: Reviewing of all phonetic concepts, Mad Dog Math facts, Expo project and additional assigned reports and/or projects throughout the year. Notice and descriptions of this will be posted on the website/agenda/emails well in advance.

Please check your child’s work before turning it in.

•Errors should be corrected.

•Writing should be neat and easy to read.

•The student’s name should be on every paper turned in.

All reading books and homework papers should be put into the “HMWK Bag” to be returned to school every Friday, unless another date is indicated. Your signature on your child’s “Homework Sheet” in their Agenda each night will complete your child’s homework assignment. No signature will result in a missing assignment.

•I understand that emergencies may occur. These will be taken into consideration with a parent note. Please feel free to contact me with any questions and concerns.

Missing and Incomplete Assignments-

I will stamp the agenda indication that a homework assignment is missing or incomplete. Initialing the agenda confirms that parents have seen the missing assignment. Please be aware that each missing assignment will result in a zero which will be averaged into their grade.

 Make Up Work-

If your child is sick, make up work is due the next week they are back in school. Other make up work for whatever reason should be turned the very next day. If your child fails to turn the make-up homework on time, the assignment will result in a zero.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns. Mrs. Lipé

Selecting the “Right “ Books

  Make the selection of books you read a joint effort. It’s important to keep in mind your child’s interests and abilities.

• Vary the places from where you select books. Library, friends, school, bookstores, garage sales, book clubs, etc…

• Selectin the same books over again to read is fine. We call the “old favorites”.

• When you read aloud to your child, select books that are above your child’s reading ability in order to challenge reading skills and build vocabulary. Don’t forget to discuss the story as you go along, especially it is a novel.

• When you have your child read to you, select books slightly below or at ability level. Encourage tracking with a bookmark at the beginning stages of reading. Don’t forget to “picture walk” through new books.

• Conversation during and after reading is where comprehension strategies take place. Children love talking about the books they read or listen to. Ask them Who, What, Where questions and don’t forget to inquire if they enjoyed the book or not.

• Happy Reading!


 Language Arts:

Curriculum used- “Sing, Spell, Read and Write”

Abeka Reading Program, Abeka Spelling

Your child will progress through the stages of reading, beginning with a solid phonics program. The curriculum we will be using is called “Sing, Spell, Read and Write”. Sounds (phonograms) of each letter and blends of letters will be learned through several sensory modes, including music. A multi-sensory approach will be practiced, as studies have proven the effectiveness of speaking, hearing, and seeing while writing the phonograms.

We will progress to the level of reading “sight words”, compound words, contractions, inflectional forms (e .g., -s, -ed, -ing) and root words (e. g. look, looked, looking), and common word families (e. g., -ite, -ate). Your child will learn to read aloud with fluency. At this point, comprehension will advance and he/she will learn how to respond to who, what, where, and how questions.

Reading will become more interesting as your child learns how to identify and describe the elements of plot, setting, and character/s in stories, as well as the beginning, middle, and end of each story. Their vocabulary will expand as conversation includes recollection, speaking, and writing about books read during the school year.

In the area of writing, your child will be taught how to select a focus when writing; to use descriptive words; to print legibly and space letters, words, and sentences appropriately; write brief narratives (e.g., fictional, autobiographical) describing and experience; and to write brief expository descriptions of a real object, person, place, or evert.

In written and oral language conventions, your child will learn to write and speak in complete, coherent sentences; identify and correctly use singular and plural nouns; identify and correctly use contractions and singular possessive pronouns; the use of a period, exclamation point, or question mark at the end of sentences; use knowledge of the basic rules of punctuation and capitalization when writing; capitalizing the first word of a sentence, names of people, and the pronoun; and spell grade level appropriate sight words correctly.


Curriculum used- Bob Jones University

First Grade math encompasses the following objectives: compare and order whole numbers to 100 by using the symbols for less than, equal to, or greater than; count and group objects in ones, tens, and hundreds; identify and know the value of coins and show different combinations of coins that equal the same value; know the addition facts (sum to 20) and the corresponding subtraction facts and commit them to memory; use the inverse relationship between addition and subtraction to solve problems; count by 2’s, 5’s, and 10’s to 100; solve addition and subtraction problems with one and two digit numbers; find the sum of three one-digit numbers; estimation strategies in computation and problem solving.

Your child will also learn how to organize, represent, and compute data by category on simple graphs and charts; sort objects and create and describe patterns. They will learn how to tell time to the quarter and simple fractions.

Areas of algebra (ex: write and solve number sentences from problem situations that express relationships involving addition and subtraction), math reasoning (solving problems and justify reasoning), measurement, and geometry. Math units will be a balance of “hands on” exercises with “real world” examples, and computations with pencil and paper.


Curriculum used- Macmillan/McGraw Hill

Science will come alive for your child with experiments, activities and demonstrations. We will explore these three components of science; Life Science, Earth/Space Science, and Physical Science. These sciences will cover the world of weather, seasons, matter, motion, energy, plants, sky, solar system, insects, animal habitats, ecosystem, five senses, and your body and ocean life.

Social Studies:

Curriculum used- Abeka “My America and My World”

Your child will learn about the rights and individual responsibilities of citizenship. He/She will learn about where we live, how we belong and how people work in our world. They will know and understand the symbols, icons and traditions of the United States that provide continuity and a sense of community across time. Our foundation as a Christian nation will be taught and a thankfulness to God for His grace and mercy to this

Country will be emphasized. We will be learning about the Pilgrims, Native Americans and the First Thanksgiving. Your child will also learn about Christopher Columbus, Martin Luther King Jr., George Washington, Abraham Lincoln and other great Americans.


We have been blessed to have Mrs. Bowers teach art for our students this year. Your child will experience various art techniques such as: collages, watercolors, finger paint, drawings, textures, sponge and seasonal art. The will do a self-portrait and learn about some famous artist and their work.

Bible:  Positive Action Bible Curriculum

 Grade 1- Enjoying God’s Gifts

First graders will focus on the many gifts of love provided for us by god. Emphasis will be on aspects of creation, our families, friends, possessions, Jesus Christ and God’s care for us. Your child will learn about many gifts given to us by God, including the ultimate gift of His Son, Jesus Christ.

Field Trips:

We will attend four to five field trips with tow outreaches this year. Our class will need drivers & chaperones should set the example by following the guidelines established by the teacher. Please refer and read the Student Handbook guidelines and procedures (provided on school website).


Every Tuesday and Thursday Mrs. Matis will be teaching Physical Education for your child. Here are some examples of PE activities: movement exploration, rhythms, games, fitness and relays. The objective is to promote physical growth, development and maintenance through activities that develop strength, vigor, vitality, skill and coordination. The students will learn social interaction and the importance of team playing.

Extra Information:


Please check your child’s agenda daily. It should go back and forth to school every day. This is a great form of communication between home and school. Please sign your name or initial every day, whether or not I have written notes on a given day. Thank you.

Birthday Treats-

If you would like to send in treats for your child’s birthday, please send individual teats such as cookies, cupcakes, etc… Drinks are not necessary. Please provide enough treats for all children in class (check with me on enrollment and food allergies just in case we have had any changes). Please let me know ahead of time for planning purposes.

Parent Volunteers-

Parent volunteers can be an asset to your child’s education and a way that you as parents can actively participate in your child’s classroom. Here are some ways you can be involved:

-Preparing and participation in holiday activities and parties.

-Preparing and participating in the classroom.

-Participating and/or driving on field trips.

-Cutting out objects, activity pages etc… which can be done at home.

If you are interested in being a parent volunteer please let me know.

Movies to enhance Education

The movies we will be watching for Educational Purposes are as follows:

Johnny Appleseed (Apple Unit), Red Cross Emergency (Safety Unit), Small One (Christmas), Corduroy (Literature), Magic School Bus (Solar System Unit), The Legend of the Three Trees (Easter), Magic School Bus (The Seed) and various dr. Seuss Videos to enhance our classroom theme of Dr. Seuss Books.

Some general information items to know

-Please check in and out at the office each time you are here to help in the classroom.

If you are unable to come in during your scheduled time, please let me know. You can call the school office (760) 744-0207, email me (klipe@vcsnavigators.com), or send a note in your child’s agenda.

- Children sometimes at differently when their parents are in the classroom. The children will be told you are here to help all of us. It would be helpful if you also explain this to your child.

Thank you, in advance, for volunteering your time at school. The children and I will both benefit from having you help in our class. Looking forward to a wonderful school year!

 Mrs. Lipé