I am really enjoying your children. This is a very pleasant class! I am so grateful!
A few notes:
1) One of our centers is going to be a listening station. To prevent any spreading of lice, should any show up, would you please send in little headphones (earbuds?) like you get on an airplane for your child? We have 2 headphones for the class to share.
2) Tonight I sent home a math blaster sheet. Please time your child for 7 minutes, and then count how many he or she got correct and we will graph our progress. These will come home twice a week. Thanks. Please send the sheet back. Please encourage your child to practice his or her addition facts by using the math links listed under 2nd grade math on the weblink notebook.
3) Please encourage your child to bring his or her folder daily. It is where I send homework and an important vehicle of communication.
4) We had our first day of exchanging our children for math. Some children went to Mrs. Dess, some to Mrs. Latimer and some stayed right here. The current math unit is place value. We will not be ready to switch out for reading until we have taught all of the centers.
5) Your children are proving to be diligent writers! They write for the entire designated time, and elements of writing that I haven't even taught are starting to show up. We've had stories with a beginning, middle and ending, surprise twists, expression of feelings, lots of creativity, and more!
6)The first spelling units are designed to help your children learn to discriminate between long and short vowel sounds. Last week we worked on long and short A, and this week we are learning to discriminate between long and short I. We are working on long vowels that have a magic E at the end or are part of a vowel team such as "ai." Please test your child on the words on Thursday night, so you will know which ones to work on.
7) If your computer is not working, or Spelling City is not effective for your child, here are some alternative ideas. You can write out your child's spelling words in very large print. Your child can trace the letters with his or her forefinger while saying the letters to spell the word. You can also have your child trace the word in three different colors. Be sure he or she completes the word in one color before shifting to the next color.
8)If your child has mastered the words, he or she may choose to write sentences with the words or write a story using the words. Please be sure to send in these alternate assignments to Spelling City.
Thanks for all of your support.