First Grade Academic Overview
Wildwood Elementary is moving to a "Balanced Literacy" approach, which combines direct teacher instruction in large group, small group reading/guided instruction, and student independent learning.
The National Reading Panel Report (2000)
The panel determined that effective instruction includes teaching children to break apart and manipulate the sounds in words (phonemic awareness), teaching that these sounds are represented by letters that can be blended (phonics), having children read aloud while providing guidance, teaching word meanings, and providing comprehension strategies
· Phonemic Awareness: the ability to hear, identify, and manipulate individual sounds (phonemes) in spoken words
· Phonics: the relationship between the letters of written language and the sounds of spoken language. For example, learning that the letter ‘b’ represents the /b/ sound
· Fluency: the capacity to read text accurately and quickly
· Vocabulary: the words students must know to communicate effectively through listening, speaking, reading and writing
· Comprehension: the ability to understand and gain meaning from what has been read
WRITING: Wildwood Elementary is moving to the Benchmark curriclum of "Writers Workshop". First graders will be writing in a variety of formats - journaling, personal narratives, informational reports and book reviews.
The Math Expressions program uses hands-on manipulatives, games and "Homework & Remembering" to ensure mastery of the concepts that are taught. By completing "Homework & Remembering" with your child daily and working with flashcards, math games or computer games you can build a strong mathematical foundation for your child.