Welcome to Brittani’s First Grade!
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Brittani joined NCSA in 2014 teaching 6 th grade, and moved on to 1 st grade, working with littles. Sh 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 everyday 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 husband, Russell, have one sweet toddler, Ryder, and 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 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!
**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
- Two classes a week with our art specialist
- Two classes a week with our movement specialist
- One class a week with our music specialist
- One class a week of handwork with our art specialist
Units of Study:
- September—We will begin with our names and who we are. Pets (children research, create and present a visual art piece on pet.) We learn routines, expectations, and build a foundation for strong social-emotional and academic learning.
- October –Next, we study skeletons and the harvest. We take a field study to a local farm.
- November – We will look at thankfulness, gratitude, and mindfulness as Habits of Mind.
- December – In December, we begin to study birds and we honor multicultural celebrations and the seasons. We learn the value of different traditions and honor our own.
- January – This month, we delve deeper into our bird study and scientific research. We learn, write, and create. We learn about real-life heroes that have and continue to change our world. We learn about our personal strengths as well. Mudhut trip and we see the Artistic Showcase.
- February – Next, we focus on penguins. This is a busy month of the 100 th day and seasonal celebrations honoring those we love.
- March – Mammals (children research, create and present a visual art piece on selected mammal). We begin rehearsal for The Show (our spring collaborative first grade performance).
- April – Finish mammals, The Show, insects, spring, field study to the Sacramento Zoo.
- May – We look at reptiles, Portfolio Night, a celebration with our buddy class.
- June – A look back – how much we have grown and what we have endeavored to learn. A celebration of us!
Field Studies/Events for this class:
Pumpkin Patch $ 3
Mud Hut $ 11
Class Party $ 4
Crocker Museum $ 6
Sacramento Zoo $17