Lunchtime: No visitors at this time, we’re sorry! We alternate eating outside on the picnic tables and inside watching the Wild Kratt brothers.
Fridays and Mondays: Phonics, Vocab, reading comprehension test day. (Math test days vary depending on when we finish a module.) Yellow ABC folder with graded work comes home with graded work to be reviewed and returned in the folder the next day. Please sign the progress report and return all work for our records. Newsletters come home on Mondays. Sign and return for a sticker!
Monthly: Students receive a reading log and behavior calendar. They will write the title of the book they read for 15 minutes. They will color in their behavior clip chart color. Anything colored blue, purple, or green are good colors for behavior expectations. A yellow or orange color will come home with a note.
Main communication: emails and Class Dojo. Notes and money are sent to school daily in their binder and turned in by 8:00. Class Dojo is a main classroom management tool for positive behavior rewards. When your child gets 10 points for good behavior, they can get treasure box!
Check out my YouTube channel with reading and math strategies we use in class and you can try at home! https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCz_CtwvK3EE9Lm5aIB__vug?view_as=subscriber
Parent Handouts and Helpful Resources:
Reading is one of my favorite things to teach, and due to Covid and the abrupt change in our school last year, I wanted to provide you with some resources and tips that can help make up for some of the gaps in reading.
1. The BEST thing you can do every day is just read
! Read 15 minutes, have your child pick out a book that interests them and read with them, read to them, and have them read to you.
2. If your child struggles reading independently, practicing some High Frequency Words (HFW) is another great thing you can do. I’m going to send home some flash cards to any students who need it. They have the HFW for the beginning of the year (which are first grade words). When your child can automatically recognize these words, they will be able to read faster. When your child can read faster, they are more likely to understand what they read.
3. To help with comprehension, there are 3 ways to read with your child: read the pictures, read the words, and retell the story (beginning, characters, setting, middle, problem, solution, and end).
4. Rereading a book over and over helps with fluency (reading faster), recoginizing those high frequency words, and comprehension.
5. Multi-sensory reading strategies: these connect the correct side of the brain to read difficult words, letters, and letter sounds. If you want to get into these strategies at home, there are some YouTube videos that I recorded based on the Orton Gillingham and phonics strategies we use in class.
6. Fluency ideas: I’m attaching some fluency strategies below. Also reading simple poems that have a cadence or rhythm helps your child read faster and smoother. Some good books for that are “I read to you, you read to me” books you can find online. I have some in class that I can also send home with your child.
I hope this helps you as you practice at home. I’m here as a resource for you and your child, so please let me know if you need anything! I’ll send more tips home periodically and will communicate with you specifically about your child via email and weekly yellow folders!
Counselor’s Corner: Common Student and Family Struggles addressed by our own counselor, Cindy Smith!
Multi-sensory Strategies for Parents These are scientifically proven multi-sensory strategies you can use with your struggling reader.
Addition and Subtraction Strategies Progression
Counting Collections Grouping Framework
Reading Log Template
Reading Comprehension Questions to discuss with your child
subtraction framework parent strategies
Comprehension Strategies for Young Readers Cards for Parents
math strategy posters
Brock Class Behavior Plan
2nd grade Sight Word List (Phonics First)