Your child has a Daily Folder that will contain items that are sent home from school as well as homework and a daily behavior grade. Please check and return the folder on a daily basis. There is a space for you to sign the behavior grade. Anytime you send a note please put it in the folder. Students are required to check their folder every morning. Please do not write dismissal changes on the behavior sheet. Sometimes it is the end of the day before I check those sheets and it is too late for a dismissal change.
At 2nd grade students are allowed to check out 2 books at a time. One book must be an AR book on their reading level and the other book can be a "for fun" book that interests them. Students should read all books 3 times before he/she takes an AR test. I suggest that they read it independently first then to an adult. This teaches children to use the context clues that they have been taught to use. Continue to listen to your child read his/her AR books and ask him/her questions about the story. Before your child can take an AR test he/she has to complete an AR Journal entry. This gives practice in summarizing the story and making text connections.
In the first quarter we are primarily working on place value and addition. Place value includes recognizing that in the number 268 the 2 represents 200. We are also working on word problems with one and two steps.
The more your child writes the better he/she will be at it. Your child will have a journal that he/she keeps at school. Even though you may not see a story coming home daily please be assured they are writing. We will work on the writing process of brainstorming ideas then writing a first draft. We will learn how to revise and edit before the published copy is complete.
Your child has a monthly calendar in his/her take home folder that we will be updating as events are announced. Please check it regularly for new events.
On the right hand side of the page you will see some suggested links to websites that are appropriate for skill practice. Simply click on the name and it will take you to the game. The Clarkdale website also has numerous links to games.
If at anytime you have questions or concerns please feel free to contact me. The best way is probably with e-mail. However, you can send in a note or call the school and leave a message. I always do my best to respond the same day.