Can you believe we are 2/3 way through the school year? I’m so delighted with the progress each 2nd Grader has made. Think back to September… Has your son or daughter’s reading abilities improved? Can they write more? Do they have more self-control and maturity? Are they interested in something new? They all grow in many ways and I’m very proud of my students! If you haven’t done so, please return the envelope with one report card signed. See pictures below!
Our learning this week:
We are growing closer to Jesus by participating in the primary prayer service each morning, praying at Adoration every Thursday and going to Stations of the Cross each Friday. We do a weekly reflection about how our Lent promises are going. We also listen to faith-inspired music in class by some of my favorite artists, MercyMe, For King and Country, and Hawk Nelson. Each day of Lent, a student adds a piece to our Lent Calendar to mark the days. We’re at day 21, half way through Lent!
Mrs. Rousso, our school counselor, has been doing friendship, self-control and social filter lessons every Tuesday. We learned that when a thought comes to your mind sometimes thoughts need to be filtered first. If it’s not kind or appropriate you can filter your thought by saying it in another, kinder way, or just don’t say it! We practiced several senarios to practice choosing what to do. Say it, or fitler it, or don’t way it.
Mindfulness: We are enjoying a daily dose of mindfulness and yoga. We are working on using our breath to keep calm and bring a sense of well-being. I’m using videos from gonoodle.com to guide our mindfulness time. We spend 5-10 minutes a day on mindfulness. Check out gonoodle.com to get your own free account!
New Math Unit: Geometry
- names and attributes of 2-D and 3-D shapes (trapezoid, parallelogram, pentagon, quadrilateral, side, angle, etc.)
- Sort and categorize shapes
- partition rectangles in columns and rows and count the boxes within
Reading and Writing: We finished up reading biographies and writing a biography about a classmate last week. Each child will exchange biographies as a gift. They turned out so well! The biographies are posted in the classroom so come by to see them. I will make copies of the original for the authors to keep.
New Book Club thanks to Kari Aguila!!! Starting Monday we are reading a delightful chapter book titled Guinea Dog, by Patrick Jennings. It is a book about a boy who desperately wants a dog but his parents say no. His mom gives him a guinea pig instead, but the guinea pig turns out to be more like a dog than a guinea pig. He is a local author know for writing a number of well-loved books. We will get to skype with Patrick Jennings on Author Day, April 5th!!! We will get to ask Patrick questions about how he wrote the book and questions we come up with as we read the book this week. Kari, thank you so much for ordering a book for every child in 2nd grade. This is such a special experience for us!
Phonics: Adding prefixes and suffixes to words such as- big to bigger, swim to swimming, bake to baking, help to helpless, kind to kindness, bump to bumpy, wrap to unwrap, tie to untie
Cursive: We have learned all the lower case cursive letters and are working on the upper case letters.
Religion: We are learning about Holy Communion, the virtue of the month: Respect and the Saint of the Month: St. Teresa of Avila
Flat Stanley: Thank you to the students who have shared their Flat Stanley reports with the class last week! Students can bring in their Flat Stanley projects anytime, preferably by the end of April. The projects can be a poster, binder, book or just the materials you mailed. Students should practice reading their project at home so they are ready to present.
Thank you Jennifer and Monica for the letter mosaic art lesson last Friday. The kids loved it!
God bless your Lenten season! Thank you for your support and for all you do!
Wednesday: Class Photos and Reconciliation at 10am for 2nd graders
April 4th – Guest Speaker, Britt McCombs, beekeeper: Ms. McCombs will teach us about bees, pollination and facts about beekeeping as a part of our plant habitat unit
April 5th: Author Day, skype time with author Patrick Jennings
Enjoy these delightful pictures of the kids’ biography reports and some interviews 🙂