Friday, October 16, 2015

Another week gone by

Time continues to fly in second grade.

It has been so great meeting and talking with so many families this week. I look forward to the rest next week.

A few highlights from this week:

We continue to have fun practicing our classroom jobs. It's so nice observing your second graders taking on their responsibility for our classroom and modeling their job for peers around them.

Everyday Writing:
We have had a blast working with the writing process. Some of the growth and changes in your child's writing is already evident. It is so very cool to look at writing from day one and see the change in length, detail, spelling, and organization already. This will only continue to happen. 
We have been trying out different ways to pre-write, draft, edit, and confer with peers for suggestions and compliments. Some of our prewriting strategies have been through sketches of what is around us, webs, lists, and drawing first. Ask your child what they are writing about right now. 

In math we are a day away from wrapping up our first unit. This week, the focus has been on addition and subtraction facts, doubles facts, and solving story problems. Through this practice, we have also been exposed to a few different strategies for solving these story problems such as breaking numbers apart, the traditional carry over strategy, and mental math. We are working away from staying so dependent on fingers and illustrations. I can't encourage the use of flash cards a few minutes a night at home enough. Number fact recognition is so important and exposure is key. 

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