Welcome to Mrs. Mitchell’s First Grade Blog

I started this little blog as a way to share ideas and “virtually scrapbook” my classroom happenings.  I never could have anticipated how the Lord would bless me in other ways.  God is great, isn’t He?

I’m continually inspired by all the amazing teachers who share their ideas through blogging and feel like I’m such a better teacher because of all of our online collaboration.  There are so many talented, amazing educators out there!

I believe that learning should be hands-on, full of content and rigor, creative, and meaningful.  Most of all, learning should be FUN!  There’s nothing I love more than knowing my kids don’t even realize they’re learning because they’re having so much fun through the process. While I love having cute materials and classroom decor, I believe that content can’t be ignored. Never underestimate the value of highly engaging material coupled with strong instruction.  Just because it’s cute doesn’t mean there’s no substance! 🙂


December 8-12 Reading

We will be taking the Unit 2 Test during the week of December 8-12. This test will cover what we have learned over the past 5 weeks in our Wonders Reading Curriculum.

We will be focusing again on the important skills covered during the last five weeks. Here are some activities you can do with your child to help reinforce the skills we’ll be reviewing and extending.

  • Read a short fiction book together.
  • Write a few simple sentences together to retell the story, or have your child dictate ideas for you to write. Have your child add some drawings to help retell the story.
  • Ask your child to present the retelling to family members.

Before your child presents the retelling, discuss this checklist.

√    Look over your retelling. Does it clearly tell what happens in the story?

√    Speak clearly and loud enough.

√    Ask your audience if they have any questions.

Showing interest in your child’s reading, writing, and speaking will help his or her progress during the year.

Spelling List

This week’s spelling list has the ch, sh, tch, and ph digraphs:











Please remember to study with your child Thursday nights!

Christmas Party

Our Christmas party will be on Thursday, December 18th at 2:15. Karen Cantrell will contact you about items to bring for our party. Please remember, the 19th is a half-day for us. Merry Christmas!

Reading and Spelling

This week our class will be focusing on how people can help out in their community. People can participate in their community for the common good.

Here are some activities that you can do with your child to help reinforce the skills we’ll be practicing.

Word Workout

  • Words to Know Help your child use the words to complete sentences you make up.
  • Spelling/Phonics: consonant digraphs Help your child spell the words by arranging the letters correctly. This week’s phonic sounds are the consonant digraphs th, sh, -ng, as in this, ship, and song.

Comprehension: character, setting, events