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Mrs. Ledford's First Grade Class!
G. Weaver Hipps Elementary
Room #139



We utilize the Saxon Phonics program.  Be sure to check your child's backpack nightly for the Saxon worksheet and review it with your child.  Then, have your child complete the homework portion.


We will review the letters of the alphabet and learn how to write them properly in the D'nealian form.  Your child will also learn how to write his/her first and last name in D'nealian form. 


Your child has nightly homework in Saxon and Go Math.  Each night your child should also read his/her book for 15 minutes.  Your child needs to also review sight words each evening.  Your child has Fry's First 100 and Second 100 Sight Words in his/her binder.  It is imperative your child have a 100 Sight Word vocabulary to start AR.  Please make sure you are still taking time to do a read-aloud with your child each day.  It is important for him/her to hear a fluent reader and he/she will benefit from vocabulary building.  


We are also learning different genres of books such as animal fantasy, poems, and informational text.  Make sure to take a few minutes each night to have your child complete homework.  If you have any questions or concerns, please let me know, as I want to work with you as a team to facilitate your child's learning. 


Special tip:  Check out the links on the side 

For Compass Learning, your child needs his/he user name: initals and 5 digit code and his/her password: 8 digit ID


Starfall is a free website where your child can practice letter and letter sound identification, as well as beginning reading.  Please also allow your child to sign-in to Compass Learning at home, or at the public library.  The grey reading path has been made specifically for the needs of your child, when he/she signs-in and plays games, watches videos and practices skills learned.


Also, take time to engage in a conversation with your child each day about things he/she did and learned.  We have procedures and routines that have been set into place and that need to be discussed and practiced.  This also helps to remind your child of key skills we learned in class.

It is imperative that you read aloud to your child nightly.  Start with one picture book.  Then, two, or even three.  Include both fiction (make-believe) and non-fiction (informational) books, magazines, and articles.  Show your child how to hold the book, and show him/her that you read from left to right.  Point to (track) the words as you read them.  Then, ask your child to tell you the events of the story in order (sequencing).  You can also ask your child to assist you in telling what happended in the Beginning, Middle, and End of the story.  It might also be helpful to borrow some books on dvd from the East Lee County Library to assist your child.  Your child should be able to idenitfy characters in a book and the setting of the book.


BEHAVIOR is so important in first grade.  Your child is learning to cooperate with others and work independently, as well as in groups.  During this time, it is normal to have a few mistakes and need reminders.  Please take the time to discuss appropriate behaviors with your child at home.  Your child needs to use his/her "words" first to let a peer know when he/she did or said something that was not nice.  If the behavior persists, then, your child should come to me.  Most of the time, you will find that your child has the tools to stop disturbances.  Check your child's story on ClassDojo daily.  Be sure to have consistent consequences for both positive and negative behaviors at home.


 We will have a wonderful year!


Please feel free to contact me at the school (239) 368-7042 with any questions, comments and concerns.  You may also contact me via email at (Be aware, however, that district email is public domain and no personal information should be transmitted this way.)  You may contact me via Class Dojo, or send me notes, as well.  


I'm here to facilitate your child's education.