First days

Our class is off to a great start! If you ask your students about their day, make sure to ask them about Dragon Dollars and Daily 5. We’ve just started both! Our Dragon Dollars are our classroom currency. My past kids know that I am a fan of both sci-fi and fantasy, and there are many dragons in my room! They became featured on our classroom money last year and were a big hit. The bills are multi-colored and come in $1s, $5s, $10s, and $20s to encourage students to learn to skip count and practice adding up multiples of tens and fives.

The kids earn Dragon Dollars for being caught modeling good behavior, for turning in important papers, and for doing their classroom jobs (which will be applied for starting next week!). With the money, they are able to buy rewards, pay fines after receiving warnings for behavior (hopefully not!), and to even pay rent on their desk. I teach them basic personal financing during our year-long adventure with our classroom economy, including how and why we budget and save. Their paychecks will be more than enough to pay the rent on their desks, and I help them plan to achieve this manageable expense. If you have questions, please let me know! When speaking to them over the past few days, I could see that this was a major point of excitement for them.

Daily 5 is part of our daily reading block. During this time I will be working with students in guided small groups, while the rest of the class is actively engaged in reading stations. The program I use is called “Daily 5” which has five different components: Read to Self, Read to Someone, Work on Writing, Word Work, and Listen to Reading. Today we learned about the different expectations that go into Read to Self, and practiced building our stamina. As a class, we are almost at a full 5 minutes where they are all engaged in their reading. Over the next few weeks, the kids will be able to focus longer. Many are able to sit and read for more than that now, but this is a whole-class effort. 🙂

Our Parent Orientation is this Thursday! Please feel free to join us in the library to learn more about what second grade is all about and to come meet me and ask any questions.

daisiesDragons and daisies!  Thank you for an amazing start. I am so fortunate to be teaching all of your wonderful children this year.