Ms. Dana Breidenstein
Welcome to First Grade! I have been teaching for 15 years. I received my degree in teaching from Canisius College. I started my teaching career in West Seneca in a second grade classroom, which gives me the advantage of knowing where your child needs to be by the time they leave first grade.
Welcome to First Grade... where we are ALL superheroes!
Homework is an excellent tool for reinforcing classroom learning, developing time management skills, and fostering responsibility. Therefore, your first grader will have daily assignments in spelling, math and reading. These assignments should not take much longer than about 10-20 minutes per night. In addition to these assignments your child should read 15 minutes each night. At first you may need to assist your child, but as they become more comfortable with the routine, they will be able to work more independently. So that you know what to expect, the homework is briefly outlined below.
Assignment Notebook: Each night your child will bring home an assignment notebook. Routine assignments as well as special assignments will be recorded in this notebook each day.
Spelling: The spelling book will come home each Monday. There are 4 pages to be completed each week. On Thursday, please have your child study the words. The spelling book is due back at school on THURSDAY. Spelling tests are given on Friday.
Math: A math page will be assigned Monday-Thursday. Please check your child's agenda for the page to be completed. This is a brief (5 – 10 minute) activity that reinforces the lesson from that day and/or a previous day. The math sheet may require the help of an older sibling or parent. This sheet is always due the next day.
Reading: The Macmillan reading program offers the chance to send home guided reading books. These books may have been previously read by your child and they should be able to read them independently. These are always due back at school the following day. The “paper” books may be kept at home. Please make sure you or your child records the books I send home on their reading log located in their reading folder. Please make you’re your child brings their “reading folder” back to school the next day.
PARP (Parents As Reading Partners) participation is expected while the program runs (October – March).
Handwriting: After a letter has been introduced for handwriting purposes, your child’s practice sheet "may" be sent home. Please have your child complete the sheet if it wasn’t completed in class. These sheets do not need to be returned to school.
Supplemental: Occasionally I may send home an assignment that correlates with a specific unit of study.