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Welcome to Second Grade at Heritage Elementary School Mrs. Geiger’s Class The following is a quote from Linda Holt that I truly believe and try to remember each day. “A student’s success in school starts in the heads and hearts of his or her parents and teachers. The way we see them, the way they see themselves, is what they will become.” - Linda Holt I believe communication is essential. If you would like to contact me during the day the telephone number at school is 454-3424. You can leave a message on my voicemail and I will call you back. Also, you can write a note on your child’s Self-Manager or send me an e-mail at Virginia.firstname.lastname@example.org . English Language Arts • The balanced literacy program that I use helps all children to become better readers and writers through systematic, multi-method, multi-level instruction. • Reading Workshop – I will expose children to a wide range of literature experiences with a focus on building comprehension. This reading instruction uses a variety of reading formats and before and after reading activities. A critical part of the Reading Workshop is to inspire children to be lifelong readers through teacher read-alouds and opportunities to read self selected books at their own level. • Writing – I will develop children’s writing skills through mini-lessons, where I model things that good writers do, as well as focused and self-selected writing. I will conference with students about ways that they can improve their writing and allow share time. • Working with Words – I will teach children to read and spell words though interactive activities that build phonemic awareness and help children apply phonics. Activities include Word Wall, Guess the Covered Word, Rounding up the Rhymes, and Making Words. Mathematics Our school district has adopted the Trail Blazers Math program. The Delaware standards for mathematics put problem solving at the center, as does this curriculum. The curriculum is very engaging for the students. There are many games and activities. The students need to be able to develop mathematical strategies and apply their knowledge to real-life situations along the way to create a strong mathematical foundation. Science I will be teaching science using the Smithsonian Science Kits. The second grade curriculum encompasses Cycles of Life, Soils, and Balancing and Weighing. Social Studies In social studies the students will be learning about economics, map studies, holidays around the world, colonial times and other countries and their culture. Our Special Schedule Monday – Music Tuesday – Physical Education (Please wear sneakers!) Wednesday –Art Thursday – Library Friday – Music Holidays We will be celebrating the following holidays in our classroom this year, Halloween, Winter Holiday, Valentine’s Day, and Spring Fling. Also feel free to send in a special treat for your child’s birthday if you choose to. Homework Your child will receive a red homework folder. Please look for it each night and help your child empty the papers that should stay home and return the folder with any homework or notes for me. For your convenience, each Monday I will send home a weekly homework sheet along with all of the homework for the week. At the bottom I always write a note to parents to make you aware of things going on in the classroom and important school events. I will collect all of the homework for the week on Friday. However, please monitor the completion of your child’s homework every night and make sure to sign the packet. Homework should take your child around 20 minutes each night. Please let me know if the homework is taking longer and becoming frustrating. The main purpose for the homework is to develop responsibility and supplement daily lessons. Please take note… • Spirit Day – School-wide Spirit Day will be on the first Friday of each month. Please encourage your child to wear red, white and blue on these days. Our first Spirit Day is this Friday, September 5th. We will wear these colors on Thursday, September 11th, also. • PTA – Don’t forget to support the PTA by joining and attending the monthly meetings! • Box Tops for Education – Please save your Box Tops and Campbells soup labels send them in so that we can raise money for our school! • We also collect soda can tabs to raise money for the Ronald McDonald House in Wilmington.
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