September 17, 2017
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. Homework packets will include:
*BINGO grid for spelling practice
*any other pages that may be needed
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 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.
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
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!
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 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 everything will be from 'Everyday
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.
September 13, 2017
* I encourage water bottles to stay with kids at their desks. HOWEVER,
there should only be WATER in the bottles. We've had quite a few spills
that ended up being sticky messes due to juice, Gatorade, etc... Also,
water bottles that have a straw to suck on are better than ones that have
a big opening to drink from. Big openings = big amounts of water
spilling! (We've had LOTS of spills!)
* Despite the cool mornings, it is VERY warm in our classroom. We're not
ready for pants or long sleeves yet! Kids have been uncomfortably hot in
their nice fall clothes. Think layers!
* We will soon be transitioning to a new website. If you have signed up
for notifications, you will still be signed up on the new website. The
look will be different but the same information will be there. The
transition to the new website will begin after Back to School Night next
* Some children have small pencil boxes/pouches inside their desks. They
may benefit from having a separate one for just markers and crayons. Ask
* We added some resources to our homework binders today. A mechanical
pencil in the pouch means there will always be a writing tool to complete
homework with. There is also a sheet protector with a hundred chart,
number line, as well as letter and number formation examples. These
resources will remain in the HW binder.
* Back to School Night is next Tuesday the 19th at 6:00pm. This will be a
parents only information night. There will not be babysitting available.
I will give you more information about our day and our routines.
* Popcorn is sold on Wednesdays for 50 cents.
* Ice cream is sold on Fridays for 50 cents.