Welcome to Mrs. Parks' Family Connection!
Our 2nd Grade News in Room 207
Dear Family and Friends in Room 207,
Thank you for taking your time to meet with me for conferences. It was a pleasure to share your child’s progress and to see your child take an active role in their education.
We are moving right along in room 207! Here is just a quick insight:
In math we will be working on place value, and comparing numbers to 1000. We will continue using Rocket Math to increase their math fact fluency.
In reading we continue to learn new strategies, build our stamina, practice our independent reading behaviors, and practice reading fluency. Please continue to have your child read books at their level for 20 minutes at night and don’t forget the pink Reading Log! Spelling continues as we work on mastery of the Deer Valley Essential word list.
We will be finishing our science unit about the desert animals so watch for their animal report which should be coming home this week, please have them present it to you. Our field trip to the Lake Pleasant Outdoor Center was fantastic! We had plenty of learning experiences and I would like to thank our wonderful chaperones for helping out.
Our class has started a unit of study on Native American cultures throughout the United States including Native Americans of the Southwest. In order to make items representing the different Native American Cultures we will need the following items donated. Please send in any items as soon as possible!
Items Needed for Donation:
Stick on wiggly eyes
Craft feathers – all sizes
Large craft feathers
Leather cord (like shoe laces but leather)
Sandpaper, any grit – any size, even used sandpaper will work!
Colored tissue paper
Large paper grocery bags – we need one for each student
Empty paper towel tubes! We need one for each student
Mark Your Calendars!
October 31st – Fall party 12:45 p.m. Costumes are not allowed.
November 2nd – Patriotic Ceremony 8:00 a.m. & Early Release Day 11:20 a.m.
November 12th - No School Veteran’s Day
November 21-23 – No School Thanksgiving
Our Special Area Schedule is as follows from 2:00-2:45 p.m. daily:
Monday – PE
Tuesday – Music
Wednesday – PE
Thursday – Art
Friday – will be on a rotation or special activity
but always be prepared with tennis type shoes.
- Flip-flop shoes are a safety concern and make it very difficult for your child to play on the playground equipment safely. On PE days tennis type shoes are always required.
- Your child will be dismissed from their special area class daily.
I believe in building a community of respectful learners. My plan is designed to help children gain more personal control (self discipline) in a positive, nurturing environment where intrinsic rewards (I feel good about myself!) is the ultimate goal, and responsibility for their own behavior is the expectation. I focus on students being honorable, accountable, having a willing attitude, and being kind. Please discuss these expectations with your child to reinforce the positive behaviors desired. If you ever have any questions regarding behavior please contact me and thank you, in advance, for your support. School wide we pride ourselves on being STARS and following these behaviors:
S- shows responsibility
Thank You, in advance, for your support,
Items for voluntary donations throughout the year can always be used and are always very much appreciated!
- Antibacterial wipes (Clorox, etc…)
- Pencils & pencil top erasers
- HP OfficeJet ink cartridges #950 and/or #951
My Top 10 Reasons Why Reading Is Important (for kids AND adults)
1. Kids who read often and widely get better at it. Practice makes perfect in almost everything we humans do and reading is no different.
2. Reading exercises our brains. Reading is a much more complex task for the human brain than, say, watching TV is. Reading strengthens brain connections and actually builds new connections.
3. Reading improves concentration. Children have to sit still and quietly so they can focus on the story when they’re reading. If they read regularly as they grow up, they develop the ability to do this for longer and longer periods.
4. Reading teaches children about the world around them. Through reading, they learn about people, places and events outside their own experience. They are exposed to ways of life, ideas and beliefs about the world which may be different from those which surround them. This learning is important for its own sake however it also builds a store of background knowledge which helps younger children learn to read confidently and well.
5. Reading improves a child’s vocabulary, leads to more highly-developed language skills and improves the child's ability to write well. This is because children learn new words as they read but also because they unconsciously absorb information as they read about things like how to structure sentences and how to use words and language effectively.
6. Reading develops a child’s imagination. This is because when we read our brains translate the descriptions we read of people, places and things into pictures. When we’re engaged in a story, we’re also imagining how the characters are feeling. We use our own experiences to imagine how we would feel in the same situation.
7. Reading helps kids develop empathy. It helps children identify with the character in the story to understand how they are feeling.
8. Because reading helps children do better at school in all subjects not just in reading, and they do better all the way through school.
9. Reading is a great form of entertainment!
10. Reading relaxes the body and calms the mind. This is an important point because these days we seem to have forgotten how to relax and especially how to be silent. The constant movement, flashing lights and noise which bombard our senses when we’re watching TV, looking at a computer or playing an electronic game are actually quite stressful for our brains. When we read, we read in silence and the black print on a white page is much less stressful for our eyes and brains.
Check out the ideas below that will help you to be successful in setting your nightly reading schedule. The single most important thing you can do right now for your child's academic success is to make sure that they are reading 20 minutes each day with books at their level.
According to familyeducation.com the top 5 ways to improve your child’s reading are as follows:
1. Set aside a regular time to listen to or read to your children every day.
2. Surround your children with reading material, you can get plenty at the local library, at school or online.
3. Have a family reading time.
4. Encourage a wide variety of reading activities:
- Play board games like Scrabble & Boggle.
- Collect Trading Cards – read the facts.
- Read to learn – like how to do magic tricks.
- Get cooking, read recipes and menus.
- Make cards for birthdays, parties, & thank you notes.
- Create signs and labels for items in their room.
- Cereal boxes and nutrition labels.
- Letters, postcards, or magazines.
- Write messages for your child.
- Have a scavenger hunt with written clues.
- Text or email a family member on a regular basis.
5. Develop the library habit, and show enthusiasm for your child's reading!!