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    Welcome to Mrs. Parks' Family Connection!
      Our 2nd Grade News for Bright Beginnings in Room 207  

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    Dear Future Bright Beginning Shark Parents and Friends,

    Welcome to a new year filled with adventure!

    I am excited about beginning to teach the Bright Child 2nd grade class for the 2022-2023 school year. I am already making plans for a wonderful year filled with so many enriching academic opportunities for your child. We will be exploring many topics with Problem Based and Project Based Learning and enjoying interesting literature studies just to name a few.  

     If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to email me.

     Mrs. Parks

    debi.parks@dvusd.org 

    children are the priority

     

    Quaratined or ill Students will complete Distance Learning at home on Canvas Basic Schedule below:

    8:00-8:35

     Social Studies

    8:35-9:35

     Math

    9:35- 10:10

     Dream Box

    10:10-10:35

     Take a break, have a snack, go outside and play!

    10:35-11:10

     Science

    11:10-11:45

     Writing

    11:45-12:20

     Lunch and break time

    12:20-2:00

      Reading, Phonics, Reading workshop, vocabulary, spelling, Amplify activities

    2:00-2:45

     Special area classes are not available online so have a recess, do jumping jacks, stretching, sit ups, drawing, crafting something, dancing to music or whatever activity you find fun!

     

    EQ Kids

     

    All Things EQ – Because Your life depends on you!

      (our social and emotional intelligence) 

    Check out our weekly motto on the Las Brisas Website and discuss with your child.        

    STARS expectations:

    Show Respect

    Trustworthiness

    Accountability

    Responsibility

    Safety                                      

    10 ways to get your child reading without picking up a book for some fun summer activities!

    1. Play board games like Scrabble & Boggle.
    2. Collect Trading Cards – read the facts.
    3. Read to learn – like how to do magic tricks.
    4. Get cooking, read recipes and menus.
    5. Make cards for birthdays, parties, & thank you notes.            
    6. Create signs and labels for items in their room.
    7. Cereal boxes and nutrition labels.
    8. Letters, postcards, or magazines.
    9. Write messages for your child.
    10. Have a scavenger hunt with written clues.

    Reading is the key to your child’s success!               

     
     My Top 10 Reasons Why Reading Is Important (for kids AND adults) 

    1. Kids who read often with various materials 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 online.
    3. Have a family reading time.
    4. Encourage a wide variety of reading activities.

    5. Show enthusiasm for your child's reading!