We are really excited to get to know your children! We hope that they are looking forward to a wonderful year in second grade! We have so many great learning experiences planned for them!
Here’s a preview of what we will be working on in the next few weeks:
As we develop our routines for Reading Workshop, the children will be learning how to use post-its to show their thinking while reading a text. In the coming weeks, some things you may see your child jotting on post-its are events that are important to remember, something they’ve learned about a character, and a spot they have a question about. Our goal is to have the children push their thinking while reading and eventually be able to provide evidence to support their jots. We will all be working hard on focusing our attention on comprehension, as well as decoding.
As a reminder, 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, children often have not been practicing the same skills we work on at school while they read. 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.
We are excited to launch our first unit on writing personal narratives. We hope to be inspired by the books we read and create well-crafted pieces that include interesting leads and endings, dialogue, powerful words, internal monologue, and beautiful illustrations. 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 hearing partner feedback.
We will be starting the year with a unit that focuses on addition, subtraction and the number system. We will focus on place value and recording our strategies. The children will be learning how to use models to show their thinking, as well as games that strengthen their understanding of these math concepts.
At the beginning of the year there will be many discussions about what makes a community and learning to work together as a class. We’re looking forward to launching our NYC study soon!
Other Notes of Importance:
- Birthday Celebrations – 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 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 at the beginning of the week or the morning of a dismissal change.
- PLEASE label your child’s sweaters and anything else he/she might take off during the day! There are lots of articles of clothing that come into the room in the morning and then are not claimed (or are lost) by the end of the day. This will make it easier for us to help the children keep track of their things.
- Please remind your child that any toys brought to school may not be taken out during classroom time.
We can’t wait to share with you all the fantastic work the children will be doing! And we cannot wait to meet all the new second graders tomorrow!
All our best,
Erin and Robyn