Welcome to First Grade with Mrs. Dolly Gamlyn!
I am looking forward to having your child in my first grade class this year. First grade is a year of self discovery and building confidence in learning abilities. This coming year will be one full of learning, growth, and development for your child. The first grade year is one where children are making the transition from the Kindergarten, where they were learning how to be part of a school community and classroom, to first grade, where the skills of learning about reading and understanding math and writing becomes deeper. For some children who learned to read in Kindergarten, they will be working on their reading fluency and accuracy. And for others they will be continuing their journey of learning to read and write. During this coming year, your child will experience high quality education in the areas of cognitive, social/emotional, physical, and learning how to be part of a community of learners that support each other cooperative learning. Children will experience their learning world in first grade through hands-on experiences in mathematics, building relationships with positive interdependence in the classroom and learning how to communicate their understanding and what they learn to others using various discussion strategies that are engaging and fun. Your child will have the experience of learning through various modalities as they develop social and emotional skills in order to collaborate and relate to peers. The children will work as a whole class, in small group teams, with partners and sometimes on their own. Your child will also have many wonderful experiences with science, social studies, math, writing, and reading as they develop their primary skills for being part of the K-12 system. I believe that all children can learn and will do my absolute best in providing support, caring and guidance for our students as we work together in partnership so that they develop a positive sense of self and confidence in being part of school and a classroom community.
If you have any questions, comments or concerns; please don't hesitate to contact me.
I look forward to our year together.
Your Dedicated First Grade Teacher,