Hello parents,

I am a firm believer in not giving homework or assignments outside of school unless it is meaningful. I do not want to send your child home with busy work, and therefore am not sending home a standard assignment nightly. If I feel that your child may need extra help at home with a particular skill, I will contact you and send home a practice sheet at that time.

Sometimes my students ask me if they can take home the math homework from the book, and I always say yes. It is up to them if they want to practice at home. Many do, and I encourage it. Some of my kids are pulling the homework out of the book and completing it during class in addition to their assignments! 🙂

I am always willing to accommodate you though. If you would like to see work sent home please contact me and we can work something out. It’s my expectation that if you are wanting your child to have extra practice that you are monitoring and helping them with it.

That being said, the best way to help your child at home is to encourage them to read nightly. Have a conversation with them about the book they are reading. Talk to them about the book club we are starting here in our class and discuss the different “extracurricular” assignments with them. With regard to math, help them memorize their math facts, addition and subtraction, by using flashcards. I cannot recommend it enough that your child know their math facts and have them memorized. It will make second grade so much easier if they can recall their facts automatically.

If you need a set of flashcards, please let me know.

Thank you so much! If you have any questions, please email or text me on Remind.


Week 3: Summary- and looking ahead

I hope that everyone had a wonderful Labor Day weekend and week back from the holiday. This week we played catch-up in science after having library and counselor during the afternoon. Today was our last day studying the moon and the students built a model of the moon phase cycle using oreos.

The students were able to learn about the library check out process but time ran out before they could go check out books, so that is what is on the agenda for their next visit.

Next week we will be looking at the following:

Reading: Biographies. What are they? How are the different from other literary genres? We will finish immersing ourselves this week in the genre. They have already started to identify the differences between biographies and autobiographies. We will also pick up Work on Writing and Word Work as stations this next week during guided reading time.

Writing: Quick publish of a writing piece. We have enjoyed writing stories and sharing them this past week and will now choose one to take through the full writing process. We will revise, edit, and publish.

Math: Subtraction strategies. This is the last week we will be working on the strategies for basic recall of addition and subtraction facts. By week 5 we will be starting place value. This can be a tricky spot for students, so keep an eye out for practice pages they may bring home.

Social Studies: We will be working on map skills.

Keep an eye out for my next post about my homework policy.

Thank you!