And just like that, it’s September!
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 be working on main Idea. We will be working specifically on being able to answer the question, “What is the text mostly about?”. We will work on this each day, using the title to help students identify what a test will be about 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 capital letters to neaten and improve hand strength and writing. Specifically, we will practice letters F, E, D, P, B, R, N, M, H, K, L, U, V, W, X, Y, Z, C, and O. 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 writing activities such as writing in sidewalk chalk, painting, and coloring in coloring books. 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 cotinue working on multiple representations of numbers 1-20. We will be utilizing the number talks strategy to learn about the many ways we see numbers. We will also begin working on parts of a graph and analyzing two response bar graphs. You can support this at home by pointing out and counting objects with your child everywhere. Whether it is counting ingredients in a recipe, toys as you clean them up, or cookies after dinner, numbers are everywhere! Additionally, you can point out graphs in magazines or newspapers, and encourage them to look at them. Ask them questions such as which has more, which has less, where is the title of the graph, and what are the data points. Encourage your child to count and recognize numbers in their everyday life!
This month in science, we will continue working on science tools and their purpose. We will be working with tools such as goggles, tweezers, beakers, thermometers, magnifying glasses, and scales. We will also move on to 5 senses, magnets, and forces. We will support this through hands on activities and our weekly cooking lessons. You can support your child at home by showing them science in their everyday lives. In the kitchen we regularly use many science tools for varied purposes such as measuring ingrediaents in a measuring cup (beaker), using a thermometer to determine whether something is cooked, or using a scale to measure the weight of ingredients. We also see them regularly used in places like a grocery store where you may weigh produce, a bathroom with a bathroom scale or even tweezers. Share how and why you use the tools at home. You can also show students where there are magnets in the home. Let them explore what a magnet will attach to and what it will not. You can ask them to make observations using their 5 senses each day. For example, you could ask them to guess ingredients in dinner using their sense of smell or ask them to use their ears to listen to the sound water makes as it drips out of the faucet. Finally, you could also point out pushes and pulls they see throughout the day. This could be teaching them to skip by pushing off the ground, showing them how to pull the cord to turn the fan on, or having them pull sheets off the bed to help with laundry. Science is all about us!
This month in social skills, we will be working on feelings! Learning about feelings helps support emotional regulation and appropriate behavior as we work through not only identifying feelings but how to deal with hard feelings. You can support this at home by acknowledging their emotions (for example, I see how happy you are this morning, I know you are frustrated about not being able to go to the park, or I know it can be disappointing when we don’t get our way), and asking them how they are feeling. We will be communicating more using the zones in the nightly binder, so please check this area and ask them why they were excited, feeling sick, tired, or happy today!
For more information about why we utilize systematic, research based, phonics instructional programs: https://www.apmreports.org/story/2018/09/10/hard-words-why-american-kids-arent-being-taught-to-read
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