God, Scholarship, Community, and Service.

Grade 1

Mrs. Balzano (mbalzano@gscregional.org)

Dear Parents,

Until now your child has often used “invented” spelling in much of his or her writing. Invented spelling is the formation of the written word according to the way it sounds to the child. It is a typical and natural way for emerging writers to begin shaping words. However, your child is now ready to begin looking carefully at the correct spelling of the words he or she uses.

With that in mind, we are beginning to study a set of spelling words each week. We will use the words during our lessons throughout the week, and homework will often involve them. The words can be found in front of the homework copybook. You review these words each night and the reading words in the back of the homework copybook.

The following are suggested ways in which you can support your child’s learning of the correct spelling for each word.

  • Together find the words in newspapers and magazines.

  • Play word games.

  • Use magnetic letters on the refrigerator to spell the words.

  • Use cereal or macaroni letters to form words.

  • Write words using different media (thick pens, markers, sand, crayons, paint, etc.)

  • Do rainbow writing. The child forms the words using one color crayon. He or she then writes on top of the word in another color. Do this repeatedly for up to four or five colors.

All these methods are effective alternatives to traditional drills. The end result is the same without the corresponding drudgery.

As always, thank you for your support.


Homework–September 10, 2014

Religion–page 5


1.  Phonics Book–pages 9, 10, 11

2.  Read library book with your child


Homework–September 11, 2014

Spelling–Pages 18, 19, 20  Go over words

Math–Study Ordinals

1st    2nd    3rd    4th    5th   6th    7th    8th    9th    10th



Dates to Remember:

  • Sept. 18th – Back to School Night


Have a great week!

Mrs. Balzano









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