We have been doing some fun things in class, and the class asked me to put some links on the blog for some activities that we've done. Here they are!
Word LaddersThey start with a word, get clues to other words on the ladder, and end with a word that is related to the first word. This takes a lot of flexibility of thought and helps with good spelling and using a variety of words!
Fill-in Math Word ProblemsLike Madlibs, but for math! Students fill in nouns, adjectives, other parts of speech, and numbers. Then they solve the problems that they have created. Fun, silly, and there are various levels of this type of book, so you can make it as challenging as you like!
This is our last full week of school...I can't believe it! Where has the time gone?!?!
It has been such an honor to see each of the 2nd graders grow this year. I have seen each one of them grow in academic abilities, social skills, critical thinking, leadership, and much more! I am going to miss this class, but I know that God has a bright future in store for each one of them! Thank you for sharing your child with me this year!
As we wrap up the year, here are a few important things to note:
Tests on THURSDAY:
Due to grades being due Thursday, we will take our last spelling and memory work tests on THURSDAY, June 7. I am giving the second graders lots of time to work on studying in class, as well.
Please see the page at the top of the blog titled "Last Week of School!" for information about next week. We get out early two days (once at 11:00 and once at 10:00), so please be prepared for next week! I'll also send home a bright orange note with that information so you can post it somewhere visible in your house. :)
The 2nd graders aren't going to like me for this post, but sometimes doing what's best for others doesn't make them happy. :P
Every year I recommend that students do some sort of workbook throughout the summer. I also recommend that they continue reading for 20 minutes a day. Time and time again studies show that students who do regular reading and subject-based practice throughout the summer show less summer learning loss than those who don't do anything academic over the summer.
One great way to motivate students to read is by having them join a library reading program (information is coming home about Mid-Columbia Library's reading program today).
Please note the new page at the top of the blog (titled: Last Week of School!). It outlines how the last week of school is different. Please take a moment to look it over. A few important points: spirit wear is on TUESDAY, and the field day is over at around 11:00. The last day of school is STANDARD of DRESS and is over around 10:00.
Memory Work and Spelling
We have a shorter week this week due to Memorial Day, so I wanted to make sure I reminded all of the students that they have less time to study spelling and memory work this week. I will give them more time in class than usual to study spelling and memory work, but it might benefit them to spend some more time at home studying, as well. Next week we have our last spelling and memory work tests!
Move-Up Day: Move-Up Day is tomorrow (May 30). Students will be visiting next year's teacher for about 30 minutes in the afternoon! Ask them what they learned about Mr. Blank!
If your child isn't returning to BL next year, they will be going with Mrs. Thornton to have a special time to discuss God's promises for the future, no matter where they are. Please let me know ASAP if you don't want your child to participate in this special time with Mrs. Thornton.
With springtime finally in full swing, I have been reminding the students to drink lots of water and to put sunscreen on in the morning. I wanted to make sure I also sent a note to you all, so you can help them remember. We're outside for a minimum of 45 minutes a day with our three recesses (another 30 minutes on P.E. days), so it's vital that they are staying hydrated and making sure they don't burn.
Today was our last day to check out library books here at school. They're due back next Tuesday (since we don't have school on Monday). If your child is missing books, there are a couple of options:
They can pay the amount it will take to replace them. (They pay in the office and let Mrs. Jameson know it's a library book charge.)
They can replace the book--it needs to be the same book and in good condition.
Please have them either turn in their books or replace missing books before the end of the school year. Thank you!
The 2nd graders are taking their MAP Reading test on Tuesday and their MAP Math test on Friday. Take a look at the previous post on MAP testing for some tips and ways to help your child do their best on those days!
Pastor Andy's Visit:
The 2nd graders had a special guest today! Pastor Andy came in to answer some questions that the kids had. Pastor Andy has an "Ask the Pastor" box where any student can put in a question for him and he goes to the classrooms and answers the questions. The kids had some really great questions! As Pastor Andy said, "They get it!"
Your child is bringing home their Unit 5 vocabulary journal for reading. I am so impressed with their progress this year! We write the word, the part of speech it is, then we come up with a definition as a class and they sketch the meaning of the word. They have improved so much, and they are becoming really great at not only figuring out which part of speech each word is, but also defining (rather than just giving an example of how to use the word). These are high-level thinking skills, and I am incredibly impressed with their amazing progress this year!
Mrs. Rebekah Picker grew up just across the river in Hermiston, Oregon. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Concordia University in Portland, Oregon with a degree in Early Childhood/Elementary Education with a minor in Professional Church Work. In May of 2014, Rebekah received her Master of Education degree from Heritage University. This is her eighth year at Bethlehem. Rebekah is married to David, who works as a sales representative in the Tri-Cities area. She also has a daughter and a son. Fun fact: Rebekah is a mirror-image twin, meaning that she is right-handed and her identical twin is left-handed.