Hi Second Grade Families,
It’s been a great start to the school year! We’ve been getting to know each other and working hard on our classroom routines and procedures. We’re so excited to jump into our curriculum, and we want to tell you a little bit about what to expect!
Each class is developing routines for “book shopping” and how to choose “Just Right Books”. We all will work hard on focusing our attention on comprehension, as well as decoding.
Over the next few weeks, we will be conferring and reading with your child to learn more about him/her as a reader. Please note, it is very common for reading levels to go down over the summer months as children have not been practicing the same skills we work on at school. We’d appreciate if you can help your child stay patient while waiting for his/her assessment (we have lots of reading to do) and also by being supportive of his/her new reading level. Once we’ve read with your child, he/she will be using a bookmark indicating his/her current reading level, book shopping day, and how many books to bring home each night.
The children are really enjoying drafting their book recommendations as part of a mini-writing unit. After thinking of a book others may enjoy, they used strong adjectives to describe the book. The children found memorable places in the book that prove the book is hilarious, interesting, spooky… A huge component of second grade writing is learning to edit and revise your own piece, so we will be spending a lot of time using checklists and partner feedback.
As part of our daily math routine, the children are enjoying our Calendar Math work. This includes components of place value, recognizing patterns, money, and time. Each month, the routine changes and the work becomes more complex.
We’re excited about our first math unit that involves addition and subtraction and the number system (place value). We’ll be focusing on adding numbers in any order, counting by groups of tens and ones, and developing and refining strategies for solving a variety of addition and subtraction problems. The children will also be enjoying games that will strengthen these skills and strategies.
We’ve kicked off the school year by discussing what is a community and how all communities need rules to guide their actions. This helped develop some of the expectations for our own classroom community. We’re looking forward to launching our NYC study soon!
Other Notes of Importance:
- Birthday Snack – We love celebrations! Keep in mind the celebration should be 10-15 minutes, as to not interfere with our academic work. For our birthday celebrations this year, we invite you to join to our class and share a special book of your family’s choice. Please note, we will not be celebrating with food. Please give us a week’s notice to plan a celebration, and remember, goodie bags are not permitted during school celebrations.
- Changes to dismissal need to be given in writing. Please send a note either weekly or the morning of a dismissal change.
- Scholastic Book Orders will be going home periodically. The September flyer went out and is due by September 27th. This is a great way for you to replenish your child’s home library based on their reading level. The bookmarks going home with your child indicate a letter level, which corresponds to the GRL level in the Scholastic flyer. If you are interested in ordering, please use your child’s class code to order at Scholastic.com/readingclub (Class 203’s code is J86FM. Class 206’s code is H2LJ7.)
Thanks so much for your support! We can’t wait to share with you all the fantastic work the children have been doing!
All our best,
Allison and Robyn