Kimberly Tarriff

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Welcome to Mrs. Tarriff's First Grade Classroom

Welcome to Week 12 of Remote Learning! We can do this First Grade!!!

**If your child works with
Mrs. Tapke for Reading, please visit her webpage for suggested activities for support.

**If your child works with Mrs. Stockton for Math, please visit her webpage for suggested activities for support.


Week of 6/8-6/12/2020

Reading/Spelling (Suggested time= 40 minutes)



*Login to iReady for 20 minutes each day.  Click on "Lesson" under Teacher Assigned.  Each lesson that I assign will be due on the Friday of that week.  If your child finishes the "Lesson" before Friday, please continue with the next lesson on "My Path."


*Please see "Seesaw" lesson which was emailed.

Math (Suggested time= 40 minutes)

  Parents, Please check your email for this week's math manipulatives.

Monday 6/8

Students will complete Lesson 34 Sessions 1 & 2 in math book.

Pgs. 793-794 and 797-800


Students will complete Lesson 34 Sessions 3 & 4 in math book.

Pgs. 803-806 and 809-810

Wednesday 6/10

Students will complete Lesson 34 Session 5 in math book.

Pgs. 813-814

Thursday 6/11

Students will complete Lesson 35 Sessions 1 and 2 in math book.

Pgs. 817-818 and 821-822


Students will complete Lesson 35 Sessions 3 and 4 in math book.

Pgs. 825-826

** "Green pages" that are usually assigned for homework are still optional.  The math pages in the math book should take about 30 minutes each day.  Please contact me if it is taking your child longer.  If your child is taking less than 30 minutes each day to complete the math book, please have him or her spend that additional time on I-Ready.

 *Once done, students need to:

-Login to iReady for 10 minutes each day.  Click on "Practice" under Teacher Assigned.  Each practice will be due on the Friday of that week.  If your child finishes the "Practice" before Friday, please continue with the next lesson on "My Path."

Writing (suggested time=20 minutes)

*Please see "Seesaw" lesson which was emailed.

Social Studies/Science/Health (Suggested time= 20 minutes)

  *Please see "Seesaw" lesson which was emailed.


**Parents, Please continue to check your email and the Remind app. This week we will meet on Monday at 11:00 AM and Friday at 9:00 AM. The meetings are completely optional, since many families work and/or have small children to take care of. I really miss our class!

Again, if you have ANY questions please email or call me.  I know some of you work and are only able to complete schoolwork at night or on the weekends. I check my email daily, so reach out anytime. I am here to help you and your child. 



Good News!!

Many websites are offering free subscriptions for students at home.  One that students are familiar with is called EPIC.  Please follow the directions below if your child would like to go on.  These books can be used to go along with the graphic organizers that were included in the colored folders.

Please let me know if you have any difficulty logging on and I will do my best to help you!!
Happy Reading!

Class Log In Instructions

Have your students open up their web browser and
Log in with your class code
Select their name and they’re in!
View and edit class roster
I hope yesterday went well for everyone! Thank you parents for your support at home. Please reach out to me if you have any questions! I would love to hear from the children so please let them know that they can send me a little message if they want to keep in touch😉
I found some free websites and activities for the children if they want to keep busy throughout the day!  My son and I watched author and illustrator, Mo Willems, yesterday in his home studio. It was very cute and kept my son busy while I answered some emails! 

Elephant and Piggie Book Lovers⤵️
Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems- Tune in at 1PM
20 Free Virtual Field Trips for Kids⬇️


**Great Information Shared by Our Social Worker, Mr. DiLorenzo**

Strategies to Help with Children's Anxiety, Parent Anxiety, & Uncertainty of COVID-19

3 Ups, 1 Down, and a Cheer
This was the last thing mentioned on the webinar, but it was my favorite, which is why I am putting it first. Let's encourage our families to sit down at dinner and say 3 positive things that happened during the day, 1 challenging thing, and 1 person you'd like to cheer on or shout-out. There's a lot of frustration going on, but we can always find something positive, even if it is small. 

The 4 C's- Control, Challenge, Commitment, and Connection
Control- Because there is a lot going on right now that it is out of our control, we need to find things that we can have some control over. An example could be creating a daily schedule for yourself and your children, finding different activities to keep you active, etc.

Challenge- It's easy to view this time as a problem and constantly looking at all the things going wrong for us. When we have this "problem" mindset, that makes the situation seem insurmountable and unable to overcome. Instead, let's look at this time as a challenge and find ways to keep us comforted and safe. This is especially important for our children. No one knows when the situation will improve, but we can still do things that will bring positivity to our lives.

Commitment- This is a tough one, because we all have various commitments that we now have to adjust. It's suggested that we create new routines and find different ways to maintain a sense of "normalcy" and stick to a plan of action.

Connection- Finally, it is important that we still feel a sense of connection. Plan virtual play dates for the kids, so they can still connect with their friends. If you are unable to visit grandparents, have the children write them letters or draw pictures to mail over. There are many things that can be done to maintain connection to others.

How to converse with your child about COVID-19:
If children ask about COVID-19, it is suggested that you do not sugar coat it to the children, but make it age appropriate. A conversation about it with a Pre-K student will look totally different than a conversation with a 6th grader. It's ok to not have the answers, and it's ok to share that with the children because it's the truth. Honesty is the best way to go. However, if a child inquires about it, start the conversation off by asking them what they think they know about it. Then ask what their fears are surrounding this situation. Then, you will have an opportunity to brainstorm with your child different coping strategies to help them feel more safe and comfortable. It was also suggested to have older children conduct research into COVID-19 using only reputable resources, such as CDC, WHO, etc and share what they learned. Have them research ways they can give back to the community during this time. Finally, remember to validate their emotions. It's ok to disagree with what another person is feeling, but we shouldn't discourage or belittle another person, especially a child, when they convey a particular emotion. A good response would look like, "I know you're feeling scared. It's a scary time for everyone. Let's find some things that might make you feel safe."

I am so excited to be your child's teacher this year! Please contact me anytime if you have any questions or concerns. I am looking forward to watching your child grow this year!

Reminder:  Please return your child's dismissal form if you have not done so already. Thank you!!!

Monday- Library
Tuesday- Spanish
Wednesday- Gym and Art *Sneakers 
Thursday- Computers and Gym *Sneakers
Friday- Music

Important Reminders
Please send your child's plastic folder to school everyday along with a small snack. We have a short "working" snack in the morning. 
Please label all envelopes, bags, and any other important items. 

Students will receive 1 sheet of math homework and 1 sheet of literacy homework each night except on Fridays.  If your child is having a lot of difficulty with something, please write me a short note and I will work with him or her the next day. Please READ each night too! We are adding members to our Reading Club now!!

Spelling Words:


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