Second grade will be full of new experiences! I am hoping your
child is looking forward to each new day. I am hoping they are
learning something new each day.
Here is an update on the areas that have already been covered.
1. Religion: God gives us life and love through many gifts. We are
His followers and want to “Choose a Challenge” to show
goodness and kindness to others. We are studying the Liturgy of
the Mass this week to get ready for our first school Mass on
Wednesday, Sept. 1st. We will be studying the sacraments with
emphasis on Reconciliation and First Eucharist. Our first parent
sacramental meeting is Sunday, September 12th at 9:45 in the
chapel. I hope to see you all then.
2. Reading-Spelling: The alphabet has consonants and vowels.
The children can name each letter in each group. Every word
must have a vowel in it. The children must hear and be able to
say the sound for short a, short e, short i, short o, and short u as
well as the long vowel sounds. They can spell the words in the
Spelling units that use these sounds. Please find Spelling words
in the homework assignment pad and on our school website. Our
reading series this year will provide a parent letter at the
beginning of each week to show what will be covered during the
course of the week.
3. English: A sentence is a complete thought. There is a capital
letter in the first word of each sentence. There is a punctuation
mark at the end of a sentence. (.?!) There are telling sentences
and asking sentences. We are writing non-fiction facts about sea
creatures and animals. We will also be writing fiction stories
using our own creative ideas.
4. Math: The children are adding and subtracting facts while
reviewing strategies of fact families, counting on, thinking of ten,
doubles, and memorization. Keep working on the facts to the
sum of 18. We are problem solving and trying to “Envision” our
math work with our new series.
5. Science: The children are studying underwater creatures.
(lobster, squid, seahorse, sea star, and hermit crab.) We will be
working on the study of plants and animals as the weeks
6. Social Studies: Learning begins at home with our families. We
learn at school and in our neighborhoods about communities.
We study maps and have discussions about history and our
present world. There are important rules and laws to follow in
all places to stay safe and care for others.
The “adventure” of homework has already begun for second
grade. The children are learning how to use their assignment
pads. I am hoping you get a chance to look over their work. The
homework activities should be completed in 30 minutes or less.
Please let me know if there are any problems. I am hoping, also,
that the children read something every night for at least “fifteen”
minutes. There is a big selection of books for the children to
check out from our classroom library. Please surround your
child with books of all kinds. The love of reading is so
Let me take this time to explain a homework task that will
extend over the next few weeks for it might need some resource
materials on your behalf. We are having a great time studying
about underwater creatures and will also spend the next few
weeks learning about animals. I would like to do a penmanship
(some children need lots of work in this area), sentence structure,
and initial letter review by using our animal alphabet from
I am going to ask the children to practice printing one row of
each letter (ex. Aa) and then write at least one sentence stating a
fact about the animal that represents this letter in our alphabet.
We will have one letter each night ( Mon.-Thurs.) when we have
homework. Our first letter is Wednesday, August 25th and will
continue for about six weeks. I am going to name the entire
animal alphabet for your own information in case you may need
a fact-finding source for your child. Please encourage your child
to do these animals individually on their assigned day so this task
is not overwhelming but fun and something to look forward to.
Aa = alligator Nn = nightingale
Bb = bear Oo = otter
Cc = cow Pp = peacock
Dd = duck Qq = quail
Ee = elephant Rr = rabbit
Ff = fox Ss = squirrel
Gg = goose Tt = turkey
Hh = horse Uu = umbrella bird
Ii = iguana Vv = vulture
Jj = jaguar Ww = wolf
Kk = kangaroo Xx = xenops
Ll = lion Yy = yak
Mm = monkey Zz = zebra
The children are back in school following directions and
remembering to talk only at talking times. The behavior charts
record the efforts of your child so they will become accountable
for their choices. Please return the chart every morning along
with their take home folder, reading bag, and homework
assignment pad. Thanks for your concern and support. We have
such great children and I look forward to fun times teaching them
and having them learn new exciting things!