A few reminders, Mendenhall continues to be a proud uniform school! Our uniforms include red, white, or navy polos, navy or khaki shorts, pants, skirts, or jumpers, and closed toe shoes appropriate for outside play. School hours are 7:40-1:55 with early release each Monday at 12:55.
Whole group educational goals: This month in reading, we will continue working on comparing and contrasting characters and texts. We will be working specifically on being able to answer the question, “Tell me something that is the same about ___ and ___. Tell me something that is different”. We will work on this each day, using the illustrations to help students identify similarities and differences during the book preview and thinking about our reading after reading a text. You can support this at home by reading nightly with your child and asking similar questions about books you read together.
This month in writing, we will be working on typing and producing a final copy. Some students may be asked to type more or less depending on ability. We will work as a group and students may be using hand over hand assistance, given word by word prompts, or simply be asked to type their written response. Students are also now broken into three guided writing groups and are either working in that group on handwriting, spelling words, or generating sentences, Second grade students are also working on responding to reading in writing during inclusion time. You can support this at home by engaging students in typing practice as well as writing activities such as writing in sidewalk chalk, painting, and coloring in coloring books. Typing practice is an important part of success in today’s economy and prepares students for future jobs from an early age. Students may also find that if they have difficulty with hand writing, typing may be a more functional means of communication for them. You may want to encourage students to begin a journal or draw a picture about their day and label the image. Encourage students to sound out words that follow predictable spelling patterns. Encourage students to use multiple colors, stay within a marked area, and, most importantly, have fun! All writing is important writing in the early stages of writing development. Encourage students to write heir names, their favorite things, or something about their day. Encourage them to draw about their feelings, family outings, or just scribble away!
This month in math, we will begin working on addition concepts within word problems. We will work on identifying the important information and using that to write the appropriate addition sentence and ultimately solving that problem. We will work on addition problems as a whole group, but students will continue to work in small groups on skills related to their IEPs and grade level concepts. At home you can practice these concepts by showing them how we use addition in every day life. We work on addition as “joining” objects using the learned concepts of joining and seperating to make addition a simple extension of those concepts. We also use key phrases such as “how many all together”or “how many total” to prepare students to work in word problems. Show your child how you use addition concepts every day during activities such as cooking,packing lunches, doing laundry, or getting ready for school. Example might include: We wake up at 6:00 am and need one hour to get ready. What time will it be when we leave? or We have a full load of laundry we need one scoop of bleach and two scoops of detergent. How many scoops do we need all together? Please also continue to review prior concepts such as share money, graphing, and number sense. Encourage your child to count and recognize numbers in their everyday life!
This month in science, students will continue working on slow and fast changes in the environment. You can support your child’s learning by pointing out changes we see every day. We may see fast changes occur when a landslide or wildfire occurs in another part of the country or similar “fast” processes change the surface of the earth. Slow changes include erosion, plate tectonics, glaciers melting and moving, and islands forming due to volcanic activity. Remember science is everywhere so please show and encourage your child to see it in the world.
This month in social skills, we will be working on responding appropriately to non preferred activities and stimuli. We know that our students respond differently to their environment than other students and sometimes need breaks, need the environment to change, or need to ask for different support. We will work on self-advocacy skills as well as appropriate self-help skills in response to things that bother them or cause them difficulty. For example, when a student is Geiger work that seems to hard, rather than tearing the paper and throwing it away they may ask for help or if we are in class and something is too loud they may cover their ears, grab headphones, or ask an adult to help instead of screaming themselves or having a tantrum. Additionally as March is Developmental Disability Awareness Month and April is Autism Awareness Month we will be reading books in class that depict characters with Autism and other disabilities, and characters who struggle to fit in. We also may discuss how some of the struggles the characters in the story deal with are similar to struggles our students may have. For more information or titles that support diversity and inclusion please follow this link: https://www.mrsdscorner.com/60disabilitybooksforkids/
IReady IReady is available on computers and tablets for use at homeat the following link. https://students.sdhc.k12.fl.us/wps/portal/students Student login information is as follows: Student Number: student ID number Password: [lowercase first initial] student ID number For example, student John Smith: Student Number: 1234567 Password: j1234567