As we gear up for the third week of school (can't believe it), it is important that we kick off the year strong! I spent some time last week looking over what reading level each child in our ended 1st grade on. I was so excited to see that over 75% of my class was reading on level or above! YAY! Our first visit to library had many Team Oberg kiddos asking for chapter books. I even had to pull out some chapter books for our classroom library (I usually don't switch over to these until after winter break). In class last week, we started talking about how being good readers makes us good writers and vice-versa and why it's important to read. Your child now knows that reading is a very important element of our classroom environment and we our building our silent reading stamina everyday (we are already up to nine minutes).
Please, please, PLEASE make sure that your child is reading to themselves, to you, or to a sibling, for at least 10 minutes every night! As we get towards the end of September and the beginning of October, we will begin reading level assessments to find out your child's current reading level. I hope to see levels go up from where each child ended first grade on. I'll explain in more detail how this testing works in a couple weeks.
Below are a few tips for you to help your child become a better reader at home. Asking questions during and after reading is very important when helping build comprehension skills.
Also, I will send home this week our first Scholastic Book Club order and will send home a new one at the beginning of every month. I will give students some time at the end of the day to look through the catalog and circle any books that look interesting to them or that they would like. Please sit down with your child and discuss if they would like any books. You can choose from grade- and reading-level specific books for your child. Orders will always be due at the end of the month and the exact date will be located on the weekly newsletter. You can send in your order form and money in your child's TEAM Folder or order online. Every book you buy earns FREE books for our classroom library.
Order online here! --> https://orders.scholastic.com/LKNY2
September order is due no later than Friday, September 26, 2014.
What is a T.E.A.M. folder?
It is a folder that houses EVERYTHING students and parents need to stay informed about what is going on at school. No more wrinkled papers in the bottom of the backpack, lost notes, newsletters, or calendars! No more lost money and no more searching the house for paper to write the teach a note- everything is organized in this one folder.
Why is it important to have a T.E.A.M. folder?
It is important to have a T.E.A.M. folder to help students establish good organizational skills during the first years of school. The T.E.A.M. folder will come home every day so it is the parents’ and students’ responsibility to look through it each day to see what is going on in second grade!
How do I use the T.E.A.M. folder?
· The folder pockets will transport important papers to and from school.
- Front pocket (Homework/VIP)-This pocket will contain weekly homework, any incompleted classwork that needs to be finished, as well as Very Important Papers such as Progress Reports, conference forms, Report Cards, etc.
- Back pocket (Leave at Home)-This pocket will contain any papers that need to be left at home.
· Zippered Pouch- this will be used to send money and written notes between the parents and teacher. Examples: changes in how the student will be going home, absent/doctor’s notes, etc. Also, and checks or money for lunch, book orders, etc., should be placed in here as well. Please make sure that a note is written along with the money stating what it is for. Check this pouch daily.
· Cougar Playbook (weekly newsletter) - This is located behind the zipper pouch in a page protector. The newsletter will include:
- Event dates- important dates of upcoming events/tests/due dates, etc.
- News-important news or announcements you need to know of
- Slam Dunk Spelling- a list of that week’s spelling words and when the test will occur
- Game Plan- what we will be learning for the week
- Teacher contact information
· Reading Log- located behind the Newsletter; is used to keep track of the student’s reading at home. Fill out the log nightly. Once the log is fully completed, it will be turned in for a prize and a new, blank log will be put in its place. After your child completes 6 logs, he/she will be invited to a reading party in the library at the end of the year!
· 2nd Grade Helper- behind the reading log; is a reference sheet you and your child can refer to if needed while working on homework or classwork.
If you have any further questions, please let me know!
Today, we started our Weekly Homework! Please check your child's R.O.C.K.S. Folder daily to see what is scheduled for this week's homework. Homework will be given out on Mondays and checked on Fridays every week! Please click on the HOMEWORK tab for more information and documents you can download if ever needed!
We are off to a SUPER second week of second grade!