Welcome to Mrs. Parks' Family Connection!
Our 2nd Grade News in Room 207 (& Now Online)
Dear Parents & Friends,
We are ending week 4 and that is hard to believe. Now, if it would just get a bit cooler...
It is so wonderful how everyone has stepped up to this endeavor. Parents, it is literally amazing at how you have adapted with changes, scheduling, technical problems, learning the new platform of Canvas, and supporting your child through this situation. Words could never tell you just how much I appreciate you and the support you have also given to me. It is nice to know that whatever happens, together we will make it all work!
This is a year of change in many ways - and not just having to distance learn! Our state has new science and social studies standards, our district has new reading curriculum, and our school has shifted to a different model for meeting the needs of our gifted learners. Wow! That is a lot of change for all of us.
Your children are doing a great job online. They have embraced our online norms such as having their full face on camera, making sure their heart is facing the screen, trying to have a calm body, using kind words and of course using our STARS expectations:
We have been learning about having a growth mindset which is such an important part of becoming a life long learner. It also helps to make them responsible for their own learning and accountable for the decisions they choose. If you have not read the children's book, Have You Filled A Bucket Today?, by Carol McCloud I highly suggest it (you can find it on You Tube.) We have discussed it at length, and will refer to being a 'bucket filler' or a 'bucket dipper' all year long. It also fits right in with our 'All Things EQ' curriculum to help build emotional intelligence and teach children that their day depends on them.
We are marching along in all content areas (reading, writing, math, science, and social studies) so thanks again for your support. Please check out my suggestions below for help and ideas with reading.
And just to let you know, I think your 2nd grade Shark is JAWSOME!
Please feel free to contact me by email or Dojo Message me at anytime with your comments, questions, or concerns. I believe that communication is a key element to our success.
Mrs. Debi Parks
All Things EQ – Because Your life depends on you!
(our social and emotional intelligence)
We will start each morning at 8:00 a.m. with a Zoom focused in this area.
10 ways to get your child reading without picking up a book!
- 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.
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!