It has been a busy couple of days around here!
I wanted to let you know that tomorrow we will be taking the READING NWEA. Michigan has put in place a new law about children being able to read at their grade level by the end of third grade. Your children are impacted by this law because it will go into affect next school year. So to prepare your child to continue on the path of success, the NWEA is a measuring tool to determine who may be at risk of repeating third grade if they are not at a mastery level. Please be sure your child has a good breakfast and healthy snack tomorrow. A good night sleep is always recommended!
Tomorrow is also our Morgan Skating Night. This is such a fun event for families. It will be held at The Rink on Van Dyke near 23 Mile Road. Doors open at 6pm and runs through 8pm, all children must have a responsible adult in attendance.
Thursday we have the Shelby Township Fire Department coming to Morgan. Second grade social studies curriculum moves away from ourselves and families and more into types of communities, people in our community, and community services. What a great way to start our year and the month of October for fire prevention!
Friday this week is another family fun event held at Morgan! It is our Fall Festival. This will begin at 5:30, a note was sent home last week in regards to this event. Usually, I love to attend all these after school events. However, this week is crazy for my own children and their schools. Sorry I will have to miss seeing all the wonderful faces Wednesday and Friday night.
Our spelling words this week are a little challenging. Not to look at them, read them, and spell them from memorizing skills. But, they are challenging to recognize the blending patterns. To help your child understand initial blends and final blends, they really need to have a great understanding of what are the vowels and what letters are consonants. We looked today at the blends that are NOT two consonants that make one sound (sh, ch, th, ph) we will do more with those at a later time. We need to hear each consonant letter sound but blend the two letters together to make is smooth. (s-l together makes a smooth sound in slip) Looking at the word slip, we noticed that the vowel is i. There were two consonants in front of the vowel that make the initial blend group! Then we looked at the word mask. Found the vowel, a, and realized that there were two consonants that followed the vowel to make our final blend. When there are two consonants that are the same letter, like in ball, they are not a final blend word because you don't hear each letter sound, just one strong l sound.
I know this may sound like a lot of information, but this is really what second grade is all about, breaking down all the things they know to be able to understand (comprehend) the why behind all the learning they have been doing so far.
Thanks for listening! I'll give some math information on another day do you don't have brain overload today!
Enjoy the evening.