PS/IS 686 | Brooklyn, NY

Welcome to First Grade!

Welcome to our First Grade Blog, families!   This blog is used to get updates on what your child is learning and how you can support the learning at home. Moving forward, each week you can expect a blog post informing you of the work that we’ll be focusing on within our units of study

We had a wonderful start to the first grade.  The beginning of the school year is all about learning the routines of the classroom.

Our goals for the first week were:

  • Building an inclusive learning community
  • Expanding friendships among peers
  • Learning and practicing routines
  • Learning about classroom systems, tools, and centers
  • Learning habits as a reader, mathematician and writer


Here is what we did and how you can support your child at home…

We practiced routines! Please ask your child to teach and show you:

  • How to unpack and put away his/her things (folder, backpack, snack, coat)
  • How to walk in line in the hallway and down the staircase
  • How to listen attentively
  • The signals/gestures that we use in the bathroom


Reader’s Workshop

In Reader’s workshop we have been introducing students to new books!  Feel free to ask them about their favorite read aloud and why they enjoyed them. We have also started to launch Readers’ Workshop.  Students have been reading familiar books from kindergarten, which they LOVE. We will begin working on developing good habits as a reader.  Our goal is to help students read “long and strong!”

We have been learning how to work together. Students worked together to explore math tools and create cooperation monsters.  Take a look!

Curriculum Night is Monday September 24 at 4:30.  We will start with a meet and greet and presentations will begin at 5:00.  Looking forward to meeting you all!