It was so great to see most of you at Back to School night. I hope you learned a lot and feel prepared for the year!
As I mentioned, I wait a little while at the beginning of the year to come up with a behavior system so that I can see what will work for the group. This year I’m going to try a ticket system where they can save up tickets (earned by following directions, etc) to trade in for special treats. They would include things like reading a book to the class, bringing a small stuffed animal to keep at their desk for a day, a one night homework pass, and computer time. (Another thing they can also save up tickets for is a snack from the vending machine in the teacher’s lounge to eat at lunch, please let me know if you’d prefer them not to use this option.) They seem very excited about it and have already earned a lot of tickets today!
We are starting our spelling program Word Study on Monday. More information will come home within the next few days about your student’s level. Many of you have done this in kindergarten and first grade, but if you ever have questions about the process please let me know.
Thanks again for coming last night and have a great weekend!
We are off to another great week. The kids are really doing well getting into a routine.
I look forward to seeing you at Back to School night this Wednesday at 6:30. We’ll go over a lot of important information for the year!
Here are the subject updates for the week:
Math: fact families, missing addends (3+___=8)
Social studies: finishing up citizenship, starting geography
Reading: making connections to stories
This week’s homework is in an attachment on the weekly email. Please continue to let me know if anyone needs to be added to the list or if an address needs to be edited.
Thanks for all your help from home and have a great week!
I hope the first week of school was enjoyable for your students! I loved getting to know them better. We are into a good routine that we’ll keep through the rest of the year. I’ll be sending you email updates every week or two to let you know what’s going on in the school and classroom (homework will also be attached in a PDF).
There is a paper copy of homework coming home today with a note attached explaining the new process. It will be a little different from what you saw last week, especially with the reading log. Please look it over tonight and let me know if you have any questions. From this point on, it will be on my blog and copied to the weekly emails.
In reading this week we’re working on visualizing (What do you see when a story is read to you? How does the author paint a picture with their words?).
In math we’re working on basic addition and subtraction facts and strategies.
In social studies we’re working on citizenship.
Please keep an eye out for subject notebooks that will come home throughout the week. Look through any new notes as part of your homework routine and be sure the notebooks get packed up for school the next day. In second grade, we announce test dates in advance but don’t usually announce quiz dates. Notebooks coming home are an indication that there might be a quiz coming up soon!
I hope your kids came home yesterday excited to tell you about our first day. It was a little crazy without the air conditioning, but we took breaks outside and made the best of it! We’re starting to get into a more normal routine today, and they’ve all done a great job adjusting.
I look forward to working with your families this year, and I wanted to reach out here so that you had my email address. If you would like me to add tutors or anyone else to the email list, please let me know. I will be sending curriculum and school event updates through email every week or two throughout the year.
Please let me know if you ever have any questions or concerns, and I look forward to a great year!