Welcome First Graders!

My name is Amy Verbeke and I currently live in Reno, NV. I grew up in Michigan and moved to California 10 years ago. I graduated from UC Irvine and have performed at Disneyland Resort for a number of years. I’ve also performed with Disney Cruise Line sailing onboard with people from all over the world.

I’ve worked at Goddard preschool for 2 years, was a substitute teacher with SNACS this past school year, and now excited to be with your 1st graders! I love to travel, sing and dance, and spend time outdoors hiking, swimming, snowboarding, and skiing!


What’s Happening for 1st Graders

This week’s objectives:

ELA – “A Trip to Washington DC”
Diagraphs oa, ow
Spelling words – boat, road, snow, row, yellow, loaf, coat, soap, blow, pillow

President’s Day discussion

7 Wonders of the World

Math – Subtraction with 2 digit numbers
We start our measurement section next week!

This week’s homework:

Reading at home (15-20 mins)

Packet given Monday, Due next Monday


Our class will spend an extensive amount of time discussing our classroom rules throughout the school year. All children are expected to follow our classroom rules.

  1. Listen when someone is talking.

  2. Follow directions the first time they are given.

  3. Treat everyone with kindness and respect.

  4. Take care of our school and classroom.

  5. Work and play safely and quietly.

  6. It’s ok to make mistakes!


Learning Through Choice

Must Do’s (Complete all each week)

  • Reading with Teacher
  • Handwriting Center – spelling words
  • Vowel/consonant worksheet
  • AR Reading Tests
  • Math counting center

Can Do’s (Choice Centers)

  • Student Literary Art Magazine
  • Literature – Picture Response
  • Free Draw
  • Watercolors
  • Journal
  • Language – Word of the Day, Sightwords
  • Card Games – Old Maid, Number War, Go Fish, Memory
  • Alphabet Bingo
  • Shape manipulative
  • Counting games
  • Computer math games
  • Addition Flashcards
  • Silent Reading / Buddy reading
  • Snack


Parents and Guardians, please know that you are welcome in the classroom. I am always in need of volunteers to assist students with daily classroom activities. You can fulfill your required volunteer hours (10 hours per month) in this way. Please be sure to complete the volunteer requirements in order to help in the classroom or assist with field trips as well as other school activities. The school office staff will be happy to assist you with this. Volunteer hours can also be accumulated by donating items for the school and classroom!