We had a wonderful first week of school! The kids were a little tired by Friday, but were settling into the routines nicely. We discussed classroom and school expectations, worked on building our classroom community through getting to know you activities, and practiced important fire and lock down drills. The group has begun to gel together, and are excited to work as a team to ear class and table rewards!
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Each week I will post what our learning focus for the following week will be. As well, I will add pictures of students from the classroom, unless you did not give photo permission. Please let me know at any time if you do not want me to post pictures. It is a fun way to truly take a peek at our week (don’t worry, I will never use student names).
As well, I like to end the post with upcoming dates that are important. I try to keep the blog brief, as I know that we all have full lives. I hope you find the information as a guide to discuss your child’s learning. Feel free to leave comments, but please note that they are public to all. Ask away if I forgot something, as others are probably wondering as well!
Next week in our reading program, Wonders, we will explore the question- How do friends count on each other? While reading, we will review the spelling pattern short a and short i. As well, we will work to review common high frequency words and learn new vocabulary words. At this time of the year, I am busy teaching all of the learning routines that we will use in the classroom. We take the time to carefully teach each routine, practice the routine, and then ask questions. This sets the stage for a positive work environment where we are learners, thinkers, and problem solvers.
Students will have spelling homework each week, beginning the week of September 18th. We will practice the spelling homework in class this week, so children are aware of the expectations I have. Please spend some time organizing a homework routine (location and time) as this is a big transition in second grade! I recommend a quite spot and an early homework time-
Next week in math we will explore number lines. Students will add and subtract using a number line, and then learn how a number grid and number line are related. Throughout the week we will explore math games online, using the ipads and computers I have included a great link that helps provide some background about how we will use number lines in the classroom. They are a wonderful tool for counting, adding, subtracting, estimating, and understanding the magnitude of a number. Check out http://www.scholastic.com/parents/blogs/scholastic-parents-learning-toolkit/number-lines for more information and resources you can use at home.
At Back to School Night you will get your child’s login and password to connected (our reading and math program) where children can access math games, stories, and more.
Finally, we will continue learning about growth mindset this week. The students are learning that their brain is a muscle that can growth with effort and practice. In addition, students are learning that mistakes are important signs that mean they are learning something new. There is a wonderful and shirt parent video about this you can view here:
I will share more about this during Back to School Night.
Thank you for all of your support this first week, and feel free to email me with any questions-
Wednesday, September 13th – 6:30 – School Board Meeting (School Library)
7:00 – PTA Meeting (School Art Room)
Tuesday, September 19th – 6:35 – Back to School Night (School Classroom)
Wednesday, September 20th – 6:30 – 7 Ways to Stop the Worry Cycle
(Goffstown High School)
Monday, September 25th – Picture Day