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Welcome to 1st Grade!

Hello Parents and Families!
I'm so excited to be your child's first grade teacher this year! My name is Amy Kerr and this is my 3rd year at Wattsburg. I'm looking forward to a year of fun and learning as we expand your child's knowledge in reading, writing, word study, math, science, and social studies. Please contact me at any time if you have any questions or concerns about your child and their learning. I'm thrilled to work with you as partners in your child's education. 
Sincerely, 
Amy Kerr
 
When to reach me:
I can be reached anytime at amy.kerr@wattsburg.org.
I try to check my email throughout the day as time allows, however some days are busier than others. On busier days, I may not see your email until the end of the school day.

Phone 814-824-3400 ext. 6694 -
I can usually be reached during the following times:
8:35 - 8:50
12:10-1:05
3:50 - 4:00

Voicemail - anytime
I retrieve voicemails throughout the day and will get back to you as soon as I can, which will normally be during the children's special or at the end of the school day.
 

 

Class Schedule

9:00-9:15 Morning Meeting
9:15-10:15 Guided Reading/Centers
10:15-10:45 Word Study
10:56-11:26 Lunch
11:30-12:00 Intervention
12:10-1:05 Special (best time to call me)
1:05-2:00 Math
2:00-2:20 Recess
2:30-3:00 Writer's Workshop
3:00-3:30 Science/Social Studies
 

Specials

Day 1- Library
Day 2- Physical Education
Day 3- Art
Day 4- Music
Day 5- S.T.E.A.M.

Curriculum Resources

Literacy:
-Leadership Spelling (Carrie Shady)
-Reading Street (Pearson)
-Leveled Guided Reading Books
Math:
-Math In Focus (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishers)
 
Educational Links

How to help your child at home

Reading: Read to your child and have your child read to you. Ask questions about what you are reading. Identify the characters and setting. Discuss the problem the main character has and how it was solved.

Leadership Spelling: Practice the spelling words daily. Your child will have red words. These words have to be memorized because they don’t follow spelling rules.

Writing: Have your child write simple stories making sure that the sentence starts with a capital and ends with the correct end mark. Stories can be about anything and do not have to be about a momentous occasion.

Handwriting: Encourage your child to use proper letter formation when writing. Use the language of headline, mid-line and baseline to help them make their letters correctly. We are also working hard on letters that go below the line. 

Math: When doing math problems, ask your child how he/she knows the answer. New standards require that the student verbalize and show how the answer was acquired. As always, practice basic math facts with flash cards.

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