Friday, November 9, 2018

Update on our Fundations Program

Fundations is an important part of our daily routine.  It is a systematic and explicit language arts program that teaches letter formation, letter sounds, word blending, and many aspects of word and sentence structure. Earlier in the year, I sent home a sheet outlining how we instruct students in letter formation as a guide for practice at home. This post will give other resources you can use with your child as they go through the program. I will be updating you  periodically as we go through the units of this program so that you are aware of what they are learning and how to support them.

Here are the letter-keyword- sound cards the children have learned to help them recall letter names and sounds. We also practice a particular action for each card. Ask your child to show you how we practice our sounds.

The children are introduced to "trick words" (sight words) that are tricky to sound out and spell. Here is or list of words to date.

We have introduce and practiced the rule that a sentence starts with a capital letter and ends with a period, question mark or exclamation point. Children recently learned names should also be capitalized. They are still learning what proper names are and that they include names of the weekdays, months and cities, countries, etc.

We recently introduced our first spelling rule.

That's where we are to date. I will keep you informed as we go through our units. Have a great week.

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Science in the Classroom

Science News

Our class is beginning a study of air and weather that involves observing
patterns in the day and night sky. Students will be looking for evidence
that air is matter—that it is something real. Students will explore the
properties of air using parachutes that they engineer to deliver cargo
safely to the ground. Students will work with plastic syringes and tubing
and observe how air can be captured, how air can be compressed, and
how air under pressure can move things around. Students will observe
daily weather conditions such as temperature, cloud cover, and wind
conditions, and will analyze the number of hours of daylight over the year. They will be recording all this information on a class calendar and in a science notebook. Students will also observe and record daily changes in the appearance of the Moon over a month. They will be observing the Moon during the daylight hours and at home during the evening.

You can help your child learn more about patterns in the day and night sky. Share with your child the time of sunrise and sunset each day and try to observe these outdoors at least once during each month. Look at the night sky several times during the night and observe the movement of the stars and the Moon in the sky. You might discuss weather reports in the newspaper, on the Internet, or on television. If you
have an indoor or outdoor thermometer, read and record the temperature at about the same time each day and look for patterns. Or, you may want to watch the temperature change over the course of one day. Does it happen that way every day? Weather is an ever-changing story. You can guide your child’s scientific inquiry by helping him or her make observations and by nurturing his or her natural ability to ask questions based on those observations. Don’t be surprised if you end up with a lit 
of questions much longer than the initial observations. 

Friday, September 28, 2018

Information on school start times for next September, 2019

Dear Parents,
Here are some upcoming meetings to inform parents about the options for school start times for the next academic year.
School Start Time: The School Committee is holding the following forums for parents.
  • October 10 - morning meeting with parents (in Wayland)
  • October 17 - evening meeting with parents (in Wayland)
  • November 5 - evening meeting with parents (in Boston)
  • November 19 - target date for final decision
Just a note that when you click on the scenarios, it does not indicate that Elementary students will enter the school buildings at 7:30 a.m.  

Laura O'Brien

Monday, August 27, 2018

Welcome To Room 1

Dear Parents and Children,

We are so excited to start the new school year with you. The room is set and ready to begin our year. Remember to bring in your All About Me Books the first week of school so we can start learning about each other. We hope you all had a fun and restful vacation.

Here are a few details about the start of the year.

Welcome to First Grade!
Just a few details about starting the year.
Home/School Folder:To help with communication between home and school, each child has a home/school folder that goes home with the child each day and returns to school each morning. All correspondences should be put in the folder to prevent any information being lost on route. The folders should be checked each evening. The children will have a morning and end of day routine for making sure that the folders are taken home each day. 

Health Concerns: Please be sure to send in a healthy snack and drink each day with your child. Snacks eaten in the classroom may not contain nuts. However, peanut butter and other nut products may be eaten at lunch in the cafeteria because nut free tables are available. Candy and gum should not be sent for snack.

E-Mail: I prefer to communicate through e-mail.  You can contact me at: Laura_O’

Class Blog: Our class has a blog called Mrs. O’Brien’s First Grade Class.  You can access it through the Happy Hollow Home Page under For Studentsthen Happy Hollow Classrooms.The direct link is

Weekly Special Schedule: 
Monday:  Technology
Tuesday: Art
Wednesday: Music
Thursday: Physical Education (Sneakers required)
Friday: Library and Skills Lab

Curriculum Night for Grades 1 and 2: is Thursday, September 12th7:00-7:30pm. This is a 
parent-only evening designed to give an overview of the year’s curriculum. Hope to see you there.

Birthdays:  We love to recognize children’s birthdays. We do so by singing the birthday song at 
snack, having the child pick out a class book to read and then they get a small prize. No special treats are sent in from home.

Picture Day: Photographers will be coming to the school on Tuesday, September 18th to take 
individual and class photos. This is a PTO sponsored event.

All About Me Book: Just a reminder that each child should make and bring in a small book about themselves to be shared with the class. This is one way we get to learn about each other. 
The children will each get a chance to present their book to the class. We start sharing these books 
the first week of school.

Pink Parent/Gardian Information: There is a pink Parent/ Guardian Information Sheet that must be
filled out right away and returned on Thursday, September 5thPlease make sure you fill out BOTH 
sides and SIGN.

We are looking forward to a great year.
Laura O’Brien and Rosemary Rabidou