2nd grade in January
Welcome to 2018!
Now that we're well-rested it's time to begin the 2nd semester! We've got sooo much to accomplish with the time that remains in 2nd grade. Your students can probably tell you how often we've talked about the year going too fast!
- We will gladly accept donations of Lysol Dual Action Wipes that "kill 99.9% cold & flu viruses;" these particular wipes have a scrubbing side! The students seem to react better with the citrus scented wipes and spray.
- If you're questioning whether your child is ill, please choose caution and do not send him/her to school.
Math ::: Please continue to reinforce basic addition and subtraction fact skills, whether it be through Xtra Math or another system of practice your family has put in place. Success with Common Core Math *demands* fact fluency! Students must have basic facts memorized in order to free attention to skills of greater degree of difficulty that we encounter. This must be a continued priority for your student!
We are continuing to work with 2-digit subtraction and discerning *when* to regroup (borrow) and then we'll hit the ground running with 3-digit addition w/regrouping ones, tens, and ones AND tens ... and we'll tackle problem solving w/3-digit subtraction and regrouping in subtraction to the HUNDREDS!
Please find time for routine (and fun!) math practice @ home, via games, word problems, and fluency speed!
Religion ::: We are in the season of Sacraments! Congratulations to the 2nd graders who will be making their First Confessions on Sunday, February 25th @ 5:30 p.m. Please ensure this date is on your calendars! Students must be able to recite the Act of Contrition and the Memorare (for the penance prayer); an email arrived last week asking you to please listen to your child recite these as practice @ home. Towards this endeavor we are steadfastly working on our examinations of conscience, via the Ten Commandments, and growing in our understanding of contrition and God's vast mercy.
Indoor recess ::: We welcome your donations of gently-used, complete games and activities for students to enjoy during indoor recess this winter! Please make sure your students have all the proper and necessary warmth for our walks to Mass and for the recesses we will be able to spend outdoors.
Stewardship ::: Do you regularly talk with your children regarding the ways in which your family celebrates stewardship? It's worthy to brainstorm among your family members what additional activities, kindnesses, and generosity you can incorporate in your day-to-day *giving back to God from the bounty of what He's given.*
Talking and Reading to Learn
Most second and third graders are able to read independently. The more they practice, the more fluent they become. At this stage, your child begins to focus in depth on the meaning of what she reads, and she uses reading as a way to help her learn many new vocabulary words and concepts. Second and third graders use writing and talking to help them further develop their understanding of the books and the concepts they are exploring at school and in the world. Although second and third graders can do much on their own, parents can still help them to develop as readers and writers simply by reading aloud, talking with them about the books they read, helping to set up a homework routine, and communicating with teachers.
Your second or third grader is becoming a more fluent, efficient, and skilled reader. With lots of practice reading, he recognizes more and more words instantly, and he begins to read with expression that approaches normal speech. As they become more proficient readers, second and third graders are able to think about the deeper meanings in stories, learn new vocabulary words through reading, and gather new information from books. As writing becomes easier for them, they begin to use it as a way to clarify and extend their understanding of what they read. Likewise, they use discussion to make meaning out of what they read.
Even though second and third graders read and write independently, parents can still help them develop their abilities through regular, daily activities. You can extend the "school" experience at home by establishing good homework habits, helping with homework only when needed, and reading what your child has written. In addition, you can read and talk about books that are not part of homework assignments together and take trips to the library to find books your child likes to read. Learn more ways to help your child become a more fluent and independent reader and use writing as a way to understand what he reads and observes in the world around him.