Lots of great things to look forward to this week! Picture day is Tuesday. Our butterflies are expected to hatch this week. We begin 'real' homework. :)
This coming week we will begin formal homework. I will be sending home all homework for the week in a packet. The packet will have a cover page outlining all assignments for the week. Your child's homework packet will include: *cover page *spelling words *reading log *BINGO grid for spelling practice *math pages *and any other pages that may be needed during the week
SPELLING Your child will get a list of spelling words on Monday. The words will be tested on Friday. During the week your child should be practicing his/her spelling words. Your child should be able to read, write, and spell each word aloud. The spelling BINGO grid gives options on how to practice (study) spelling words. While it may be tempting to do a bunch of activities all on one night, it will be important for your child to practice a little each night. 'Cramming' does not build good study habits! Once a box on the BINGO grid has been completed, an adult should initial it. You can send in papers used to complete the task, but it is not required as long as the box has been signed. The activities on the BINGO chart range in duration and difficulty to provide a good variety for students to choose from. BINGO grids are due on Friday, just in time for the spelling test.
This week everyone will be getting 'on grade level' spelling words. As the weeks go on, I will adjust your child's spelling as needed. It may become more challenging or I may decrease the challenge until a 'just right' level is found. This adjusting will continue throughout the school year as 'just right' levels change due to growth.
READING LOGS Your child is being asked to read for at least 15 minutes each night. Yes, that is SEVEN nights each week! I would bet that this is simply asking you to document what you are already doing with your child. 'Reading' can be reading aloud to a parent, independent reading, listening to someone read, taking turns reading, even reading to a pet or someone via Facetime counts!
Encourage your child to vary what he/she reads. Magazines, picture books, chapter books, emails, newspaper articles, menus, schedules, maps, charts, and posters are all excellent options for reading. Each presents its own challenge! Someone turned off to reading books may LOVE a magazine or map.
It is a good idea to have your child record his/her minutes spent reading. (Not you!) To make it fun, get a special 'reading log clip board' and a timer! (One that counts up is better than one that counts down - your child might read beyond 15 minutes...but will stop if the timer dings at 15!) Keep it in a special place. For now, show your child how you total up the minutes read. As the year goes on, that responsibility will shift. Counting up all the tens, then all the ones, and finally combining the two together seems to be concrete enough for most to understand. Most kids are not ready, even to watch, column addition of multiple addends!
MATH PAGES You will find math pages at the end of the homework packet. They are in reverse order, so Tuesday's HW page is the last one in the packet. Thursday's is buried in the middle. Math pages are due the next day.
Math HW I send home should be at an independent practice level. It is something we have practiced A BUNCH in class. It will not be something just learned in class that day. For that reason, you will notice math pages are frequently about one unit behind classroom instruction. If I notice more practice is needed with a concept, I will supplement with additional practice pages in the HW packet. Not every math homework assignment will be from 'Everyday Math.'
Altogether, paper/pencil tasks should take no more than 20 minutes of focused homework time. If your child has worked well for 20 minutes, call it done and write me a note/email to let me know. HOWEVER, if your child has 'worked' for 20 minutes but has also gone to the bathroom twice, sharpened a pencil, gotten a drink, and had a snack.....feel free to go beyond the 20 minutes OR let me know and I can address it at school.
The two main purposes of homework in second grade are: 1) To show and tell parents/caregivers what is being worked on at school. 2) To build study skills and habits that will be used in the upper elementary grades and beyond.
AS ALWAYS - be in touch with any questions, comments, or concerns.