November is here! We are getting ready for Thanksgiving fun!
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.
No school on November 12 (Veteran's Day) or on Thanksgiving week, November 19-23.
Whole group educational goals:
This month in reading, we will begin working on sequencing details. We will begin with working on telling what happened at the beginning and end, then work on one thing that happened in the middle. You can support this at home by reading nightly with your child and ask them to retell you about the book.You could also ask them about their favorite parts or parts that reminded them of something else.
This month in writing, we will be finishing up our lowercase letter work and begin working on drawing and labeling a picture. Students who are ready will also work on writing a phrase or sentence using their labels to tell about their picture. 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 finish our study on graphing and begin working on patterns. You can continue to support graphing by pointing 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. Additionally, you can point out patterns students see every day. Whether it is in their closet, on the shelf, or in the parking lot. Simple patterns such as red, blue, red, blue can also be made with blocks, cars, and other toys. Encourage students to talk about the pattern and tell about the colors, shapes, or objects in the pattern!
This month in science, we will continue working on the five senses. Students will be discussing the world around them using their senses to make observations. Additionally, we will be working on STEM fair projects with our inclusion classes! Students ill participate in a whole group science project and participate in keeping a log, creating a presentation, and working through the entire scientific method! Encourage your student to make observations and use their five senses to tell you about their dinner, their clothes, anything in the world around them! Model this for them by describing what you taste and smell and see around you! Science is all about us!
This month in social skills, we will be working on friendship! Learning about healthy friendships helps students to navigate the complicated social interactions students face each day as well as helping them identify unhealthy relationships. We will talk about how to be a friend, bullying, and how to communicate feelings with friends. You can ask students to tell you about their friends, tell you something they did with a friend, or talk about some different types of friendships and relationships they see (friendships, romantic relationships, sibling relationships, parent-child relationships).
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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