First Grade

Seeing the Possibilities

CVC (consonant – vowel – consonant) words are important when learning to read.  We designed this word tray to give young children a big picture view of CVC words. The tray makes it easy for a child to build a word by seeing the beginning, middle, and ending letter possibilities.  Just one more tool Dinsmore

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Students Helping Students

Over the summer, highschoolers volunteered 427 hours helping us prepare for this school year. They put together new literacy materials, including UFLI word trays and decodable notebooks.  They cleaned and organized existing teaching tools:  they replaced batteries in etch-a-sketches, cleaned and counted bags of geo shapes, cleaned and prepped the iPads for screen protector replacements,

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Quiet Feet

All kindergarteners and first grade chair legs now have quiet feet.  In addition to reducing the classroom noise level, the tennis balls also make it possible for the young children to slide and re-arrange their chairs. Thanks to the Ponte Vedra Inn & Club for donating tennis balls.  And, thanks to Roger Mann for cutting

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Secret Stories

Thanks to Mrs. Thomas, first-grade teacher, all first-grade and kindergarten classrooms can now enjoy learning with Secret Stories®.  Know & Grow proudly provides these products to six classrooms: Phonics Book Phonics Posters Musical “Sound Skill” Phonics Songs Download Phonics Flashcards Porta-Pics for Writing Folders Thank you Mrs. Thomas for sharing your “find!” To view more

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Afterschool Tutoring

Our iPads all run on a cellular Internet connection making afterschool learning possible!  The tutoring is done by Kodi the Bear & Friends (Khan Academy Kids). Kids quickly learn how to navigate the iPad during classroom tutoring sessions.  The kids love Khan Academy Kids and want to take the iPads home. Parents need not worry

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Farmers Federal & another first!

Farmers Federal Credit Union was the first sponsor of our Online Tutoring Program for kindergarteners.  Now they have done it again as the first sponsor of our 1st grade program! Thank you Farmers Federal for investing in Dinsmore children and for your early belief in our tutoring program! To learn more about our iPad fundraiser, click

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Spelling Pads Delivered

We’ve delivered 3,300 first-grade spelling pads!  Requested by teachers, the 30 different spelling pads align directly with the weekly classroom curriculum.  The pads encourage the children to spend more time on their spelling words – handwriting each word multiple times, filling in blank letters, visualizing similarities, and reading short sentences. We want to thank our

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Math Manipulatives

All kindergarten and first-grade classrooms now have colorful, easy-to-interlock cubes!  Each child has two stacks of ten to help them see and solve math problems. The teachers wanted – and received – the same two colors for all students.  This was only made possible thanks to a generous grant from our local Sam’s Club (and

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  • Delta Education Weather Vane (4)
  • Delta Educational Barometer (4)
  • Classifying Clouds Photo Cards (4)
  • Didax Plastic Anemometer (2)
  • Delta Education Solar Hot Air Balloon (4)
  • NewPath Weather and Climate Learning Center (4)
  • Taylor Indoor/Outdoor Thermometer, Dual Scale (4)
  • V-Back Metal Thermometers, Dual Scale (60)