Tuesday, February 20, 2018

February 20, 2018

A beautiful, cold day in winter!  We are moving right along in second grade.  We have new spelling words ending in either the letters 'le', 'el', or 'tion'.  I hope you can find some time to work with your child learning these words.  
This week we are revisiting the tricky spelling of 'a'.  It can be pronounced as in cat, hat.  Also as in water, paper, about, and Africa.
We are reading about Sir Gus in our reader.  Ask your child to tell about some of his adventures.
In social studies we are learning about the Westward Expansion.  We have discussed Lewis and Clark, Fulton's steamboat, and the Erie Canal.  This is a fun unit for study. 

Monday, February 12, 2018

February 12, 2018

We have started a new unit in our Domain.  We are learning about the Westward Expansion.  It is an exciting unit about explorers and pioneers.
We are starting our new math chapter 7 on money and telling time to the nearest 5 minutes.  Money seems to be giving us the most problem right now.  We need to recognize the coins, tell what they are worth, and be able to add them together.  If you have any change this would be a wonderful time to work with your child on recognizing the coins.
In spelling the words have the tricky spelling 'y'.  The sounds are /ee/, /i/, /ie/, /y/.  They are listed at the right.

Thank you to everyone for attending our Grandparent Program and helping with the refreshments. 

Thank you for making your SEP Conference.  As I told you everyone is doing well.  We are moving forward toward third grade!

Monday, February 5, 2018

February 5, 2018

We are pushing through our curriculum this winter.  We are finishing up on life cycles in science.  We are learning about the schwa sound in words in language arts.  We will have spelling words that are spelled 'ie' as the 'ee' sound.  Because of early out all this week and our Grandparents Program on Friday we will have our spelling test on Thursday afternoon.
Remember our program is this Friday at 1:30 in the school gym.  Please remember to send your food item on Friday morning.  Thank you for helping with this program.

Monday, January 29, 2018

January 29, 2018

Time is just flying by!  Our Grandparents program is next Friday, February 9.  We are finishing up on our projects to give to our wonderful grandparents.
We do have new spelling words this week.  They can be found on the side bar of this blog.  The words have the sound/ie/ spelled with 'igh' and 'y'.  Please continue to work with your child at home to master these words.  Everyone did great on the alphabetizing part of our test.  This will be part of our weekly test from now on.
This week in Language Arts we are learning about subjects and predicates.  Ask your child if they remember what these parts of a sentence are.
We are planning to have refreshments at our program, please watch for more information coming this week.
We will have a Valentine's Day celebration.  I am sending home a class list for everyone.  We will be making Valentine Holders in class.  Please don't send valentine's before Valentine's Day because we don't have anywhere to put them yet.
I sent home Parent-Teacher Conference papers today.  You have the same time that you had for our first conference.  If you need changes please let me know.  I can't do any conferences on Friday the 9th because that is our program.

Monday, January 22, 2018

January 22, 2018

We are back on track with all of the mid-year testing finished.  I sent home a grade report today.  Please remember this show you what your child is doing when they are in school.  If they miss a lot of school or don't turn in their papers it shows.  E = excellent, S = satisfactory, and N + not yet.

We have new spelling words this week.  We are focusing on words that end with 'y' or 'ly', where the 'y' represents the /ee/ sound.  We are also introducing the idea of alphabetizing.  We will now have three to four words on the spelling test to put in alphabetical order.

We are starting a new reader Sir Gus.  I'm sure everyone will enjoy reading this chapter book.  We are learning about adjectives in our skills area.  Cycles in nature is the unit in Science.  

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

January 16, 2018

I've sent home Math chapter 5 test and spelling test today.  Everyone did very well.  This week is a week for bench marking.  That means testing to see if your child has moved up in their reading levels.  There will be no spelling words this week.
We will be making and sending home invitations to our grandparents program this week.  It is scheduled for Friday, February 9 @ 1:30 in the school gym.  Parents are also welcome.
We are beginning chapter 6 in math which is adding and subtracting to 100.  Subtracting across a zero is difficult.  Practice if you get a chance.
Thanks to the reading parents and grandparents who are so faithful in coming every week.  We do appreciate you!