Amanda West

Amanda West

First Grade Teacher



Daily Schedule


Upcoming dates:

October 5-9 Parent-Teacher Conferences

October 16- No School, UEA break

October 22- Picture Retakes




Learning Website Links

  • I-Ready. This is a standards-based program that we use in class for reading and math. This program is diagnostic in nature meaning it places students in lessons that are right at their level and adjusts the level based on correct and incorrect student responses. Parent instructions for getting started.
  • Epic! Books. This is an app we use in class for students to listen to books. Epic! gives students access to a huge online library of books, including audiobooks and “read to me” books.
  • RAZ Kids Raz-Kids provides just-fit leveled books for kids to read. Students should listen, read, and answer the comprehension questions for each story at their level.
  • Scholastic Daily Lessons Scholastic has also put together daily lessons based on storybooks that students can access through this link.
  • Park City Library The Park City Library has a list of resources for kids, including online read alouds from their librarians.
  • Swaner Eco Center “We’ve created SOLACE, an online resource for youth, adults, and families to keep learning about nature and the environment during this time of social distancing and transition.  We’ve put together some of our own lessons and activities, and also gathered some of our favorite online resources so you can find them all in one place.”

Fundations is the phonics curriculum that we use daily in class to teach students letter-sound patterns.

Unit 1-letters and handwriting

Unit 2-CVC

Unit 3-Digraphs

When helping your child read at home, these are the prompts you should be using. This is how students are taught to figure out words during our reading instruction at school (it’s called decoding). They are also taught never to guess (very common!) or skip words when reading. Students also should not use pictures to figure out a word (also very common!). Pictures are used to help with comprehension of the text, not decode words.

If your child is stuck on a word and cannot sound it out, that’s ok! Just read the word for them and move on! Keep reading at home easy and fun!

What is phonological awareness?– Along with phonics instruction, students receive daily explicit instruction in phonemic awareness. In class, I call this instruction “word puzzles”. Phonemic Awareness is the building block to reading and this is a a great quick article to explain what it is and why it’s important.

Reading calendar instructions

September reading calendar

October reading calendar

Home Letters

Lesson 1– Counting On to Add

Lesson 2- Double and Near Doubles

Lesson 3– Add in Any Order

Lesson 4– Understand missing Addends