First Grade

First Grade
 \  First Grade
Mr. Craig Mrs. Speshyock Mrs. Svensson
Mr. Craig Mrs. Speshyock Mrs. Svensson



Welcome to First Grade!

Mr. Jason Craig
  • Born in New Orleans, LA
  • Lives in Ventura, CA
  • Graduate of University of La Verne
  • Serving the Goleta Union School District since 2016
  • Married with one child


Mrs. Amy Speshyock
  • California native
  • Graduate of Cal Lutheran Universtiy
  • 20 years of service with Goleta Union School District
  • Taught at Ellwood School, El Camino School, and La Patera
  • Married with 2 children


Mrs. Tara Svensson:
  • California native
  • UCSB graduate
  • Over 20 years of service with Goleta Union School District
  • All years at La Patera (teaching 4th, 2nd, and 1st)
  • Married with 2 sons


Ways you can help your child prepare for first grade:

  • Make sure your child has a backpack
  • Send a healthy snack for your child to eat at recess
  • Send a healthy lunch with your child or send $3.00 for a hot lunch
  • Check your child’s Friday folder weekly and remove papers *Check that your child has completed their homework and returns it on Fridays




Bridges in Mathematics, second edition, is a comprehensive K–5 mathematics curriculum developed to fully implement the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics in a manner that is rigorous, coherent, engaging, and accessible to all learners. The curriculum focuses on developing students’ deep understandings of mathematical concepts, proficiency with key skills, and ability to solve complex and novel problems. Bridges blends direct instruction, structured investigation, and open exploration. The program taps into the intelligence strengths of all students by presenting material that is as linguistically, visually, and kinesthetically rich as it is mathematically powerful.

Language Arts: Wonders Curriculum

Your child will build important reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills. Students will continue to learn the letters and sounds that make up words. They will think, talk, and write about what they read in stories, articles, and other sources of information. In their writing, students will work on putting together clear sentences on a range of topics using a growing vocabulary.

Science: NGSS

Students attend the La Patera Science Lab with Science Specialist using the NGSS.

  • Waves:  Light and Sound
  • Engineering Design
  • Structure, Function, and Informational Processing
  • Space Systems:  Patterns and Cycles
Social Studies

“Reflections” Curriculum Units: Rules and Laws, Where People Live, We Love Our Country, Our Changing World, All About People, The Marketplace



Students receive a packet of Language Arts and Math homework every Monday. Homework is to be completed and return to school on Friday morning. All 1st graders receive the same homework assignments. Students should be reading nightly with a parent, adult, or older sibling. Time requirements: approx. 20-30 minutes

Field Trips:

  • Lane Farms Pumpkin Patch – Fall
  • Theater Outreach programs – through out the year
  • Santa Barbara Zoo – May/June
  • School Outreach Programs-
  • “Kids on the Block”
  • “Sprout Up” Science
  • “Kids In Nutrition”


School Supply List:

  • $20 donation is requested for field trips and necessary supplies.
  • quart size ziploc bags
  • sandwich size ziploc bags
  • Gift cards: Staples/Office Max/Bennett’s Educational Supply
  • Crayola Supertips – 20 or 24 pack



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