Your child is bringing home the first of many math pages. We have new math series for the elementary students. Included in this series are student workbooks and homework sheets. I am not sending the homework sheets home, yet! We are still working in structure and routines. No need to start homework too. But it won't be long before you see some work coming home. We also will be doing lots of work together, together, together. Again, setting up the expectations for when they will be asked to work alone. Also to practice after the summer break, what it feels like and looks like to be a good listener, follow all oral directions, and follow along. If you see some missing lines or parts on their paper, it was because they did not pay attention during the whole group lesson. It will take time to get everyone there. Just know we are working on it.
Thank you to those students who have shown great maturity already with listening skills! HOORAY for being ready!
We took our first NWEA of the year today. They did very well on showing me their math skills from past years. When all students have completed the math and reading, I will send home the results. These are starting points for our year. We then revisit NWEA assessments mid-year and again at the end of the year.
All week, we shared the Fable, The Lion and The Mouse. The children were introduced to some of our classroom routines in the morning. Today, they were asked to make a poster retelling the story using some organizers we did throughout the week. They needed to explain what happened at the beginning, middle, and end of the story. They needed to use transition words like: First, Then, Next, Last. Take a look at the pictures of their posters in our photo tab. You will see the real thing in a couple of weeks, they wanted to hang them in the hallway to show other students what we are working on.
We had some friends lose their teeth last night after school. They gave me some big smiles today to be added to our lost tooth bulletin board! It's exciting to lose teeth at this age.
Next week we will start our formal spelling program. In second grade, you may think the words are simple. That's okay! I do not want to stress out the kids in regards to testing. I want them to feel confident and secure about reading, writing, spelling, comprehension, math skills, and more! If you work with your child to help them learn how to spell the words, and they are easy...have them start looking them up in a dictionary, tell you if the word is a verb, noun, adjective, etc., ask them to write the word in a sentence that has more than five words in the sentence. I find that the most challenging thing for second graders is getting them to really write with great explanation. I can send other suggestions if you feel you need them.
All spelling words will come home on a paper each Monday. If you do not get them, please know that your child will have access to the words from the on-line connectEd.com website. I will be sending home their user names and passwords next week. This is also a great place to visit for all our language arts stories and extra practice on grammar skills.
I hope you all enjoy the lovely weekend. The students in room 14 are doing well and adjusting to getting back into the swing of learning.