Welcome to Brittani’s First Grade!
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Brittani joined NCSA in 2014 and feels grateful to have landed at such a wonderful school. She received her Bachelor’s Degree and Multiple Subject Teaching Credential from Sonoma State University. Brittani loves working with children of all ages. She loves arriving to school every day knowing that something wonderful will happen, whether it is a child showing kindness, a colleague sharing a laugh, or a student solving a puzzle. She loves working at NCSA, where faculty feels like family and the teachers work together as a cohesive team.
When Brittani isn’t teaching, she loves to spend time with her family. She and her partner have two children (Ryder and Jett) and a husky fur baby, Rocky. She loves spending time with her boys outside, with lots of time at the baseball field. Brittani is a big fan of reading, music, painting, gardening, and crafting.
First Grade Overview:
First grade will consist of introducing students into learning as they begin to develop a love of stories, children’s literature, reader’s theater, authentic thinking, problem-solving, artistic expression, and compassion. We will practice sign language and sing together. We will dance and move together. Parent volunteers are needed and appreciated in order to share gifts, talents, and love with our class both during school and during events outside of school. While students will grow exponentially over the course of the school year in their academics, I also place a huge emphasis on students’ social and emotional growth, mindfulness, situational etiquette. We will work outdoors, take class walks, have class meetings, gather in circle, and work with one another in order to learn how to be our best selves. We will work together to create a happy, safe, engaging learning environment full of love and compassion. We will especially focus on how to be students, and how to work together the first six weeks of school. Please be patient as we slowly and intentionally work on transitioning into full days, establishing routines, and learning expectations. I’m looking forward to a wonderful year!
With the current challenges that COVID-19 has placed on our community and school, this year may include new ways of learning and being for all of us. I will do my best to provide students with the love, care, education, and attention that they deserve. Whether that is in person or remotely, I look forward to getting to know every child and family in our first-grade class. We will be flexible, hard-working, and solution-based as we navigate through this challenging time. We will work together and give our kids the village that they need to support them through this year of growth and learning. We’re all in this together and we’ve got this!
**If your email address or mailing address has changed or if I need to add a family member to our class list, please notify me via email@example.com. I have included the supply list at the top of the page. Now and throughout the year, I will ask for whole-class supplies such as tissues, Ticonderoga pencils, tape, glue sticks, and such. Please do what you can and what works for your family—if we all give a little, we will have an abundance!
First Grade Highlights
*The frequency of classes with specialists may change depending on distance or hybrid learning models.
- Two classes a week with our art specialist
- Two classes a week with our movement specialist
- One class a week with our music specialist
Units of Study:
First Grade Units of Study
- August/September—We will begin with our names and who we are. We learn routines, expectations, and build a foundation for strong social-emotional and academic learning. We will begin learning number sense, numbers 0-10, and engineering. We build our class and school community.
- October –Next, we study the harvest, insects, and plant structure. We take a field study to Mountain Bounty Farm. We learn nursery rhymes and have our first play (Mother Goose). We study addition and number facts 0-10.
- November/December –We study birds and we honor multicultural celebrations and the seasons. We learn the value of different traditions and honor our own. We will study subtraction facts 0-10 and word problems.
- January/February – We learn about real-life heroes that have and continue to change our world. We learn about our personal strengths as well. Students will learn their place in space. We learn, write, and create. We will study place value, geometry, shapes, and patterns.
- March – This month, we begin our studies of mammals, geography, and habitats. We begin rehearsal for The Show (our spring collaborative first-grade performance). We will work on math fact fluency, number talks, and problem-solving.
- April – We’ll finish up mammal studies, look at the science of light and waves, and begin studying space. We will work on math operations (addition and subtraction) for numbers 0-20.
- May – This month we will finish up our studies of space and solar systems. We will learn how to tell time, count money, and practice strengthening our skills.
- June – We will take a look back – how much we have grown and what we have endeavored to learn. A celebration of us! We have our first-grade class celebrations and honor one another.
Due to COVID 19 NCSA will not be taking field trips for the 2020-21 school year. Hopefully, these trips will resume next year.
No Field study payment is necessary this year.
Field Studies/Events for this class:
Pumpkin Patch $ 3
Mud Hut $ 12
Class Party $ 6
Crocker Museum $ 6
Sacramento Zoo $ 13