I have had a substitute teacher Monday & Tuesday this week because my daughter, Meghan, had an emergency appendectomy this weekend. She is recovering now at home and she is eager to get back to her normal routine (as am I). My son, Nathan, continues to have seizures but we now have a plan in which I assess the situation and then his grandma takes over so that I don’t need to be away from your darling children.
- The kids have worked VERY hard all year, so to celebrate they earned an electronics game time. If you would like to send in a game for them to play for a bit, please do. They can play board games if they don’t bring one.
- Report cards will be mailed tomorrow at 4:00. Please visit the school blog on Monday for a class list. You will want to subscribe to your future teacher’s blog after that to receive updates and a class supply list.
In math we are going to spend some extra time with estimating and money. In this unit, your child will be learning to estimate sums and differences by rounding numbers. They also use estimates to check that actual answers are reasonable, and compare numbers using the symbols greater than (>), less than (<) or equal to (=). The students will also identify and compare the values of a collection of U.S. coins and bills. It would be a wonderful time to have them counting change at home.
In reading, we just finished our 2nd unit focusing on visualization. The children loved the stories we were reading! They visualized to make sense of the stories we read by imagining sights, sounds, smells, tastes, sensations, and feelings. This strategy helps them to understand, remember, and enjoy reading. You can help your child visualize by stopping every so often while reading aloud and asking questions such as:
- What do you see in your mind as I read to you?
- What words did you hear in the story that helped you create that picture in your mind?
In addition to stopping and discussing the story with your child, you might:
- Ask your child to close his or her eyes as you read and get a mental picture of the story.
- Give your child the opportunity to draw what he or she visualized, and then talk about the drawing.
The end of the year is quickly approaching, therefore I thought that I would send a quick update including curriculum information and important dates. Please take a moment to read our 2nd Grade Update. Also, I did want to encourage you to review your home address with your children. During our 911 presentation prior to Spring Break, many of the children weren’t aware of their address when practicing calls.
Tomorrow will be a very busy but fun day. In the morning, the kiids will be selling and purchasing goods during Market Day. I’m sure they will be bringing home some homemade treasures. It was a wonderful way to wrap up our economics unit. In the afternoon, we will be heading to Hudsonville High School to see a play put on by some of the English students. We should be back at school around 2:15.
Our weekly update was done by Ty and Bryce. Please remember to check out your scheduled conference time. We will be viewing the Book Fair on Monday at 12:30 and purchasing on Thursday. Please remember to turn in your Book It forms if you read for 15 minutes each night.
The candy corn scavenger hunt winners were announced today. Visit the school blog to learn about the winners for the drawing and the winning classrooms. Next scavenger hunt will take place in November. Happy Halloween!