Friday, September 1, 2017

Happy, Happy Friday!!

We’ve had a great start in Second Grade.  The students are working hard to learn each other’s names and the classroom routines.  At the beginning of the year we go slow in order to go fast later.  The routines will help us establish independence, which in turn, frees the teacher to also be able to focus on small groups and individuals.
     We’ve been talking about what kind of place we want our room to be.  I love to use the book Little Blue Truck to help students think about how they treat each other.  We read it for the first time today, we'll have more discussion next week.
     We also read a nearly wordless book called South.  I gave the students the "Thinking Question" of "What can we learn about writing from a book that hardly has any words?"  A thinking question is one that we don't answer out loud right away.  If an answer pops into our heads, we keep thinking about other possible answers.  Thinking questions usually have more than one answer, they might also have "layers" of answers.  You can check in with your child to see if they can remember our discussion.  It was a productive discussion, but they've been learning so many new things this week, I won't be surprised if this highlight for me, isn't what sticks out for them.
     Take-home folders are going home today.  They are due Tuesday morning this week as Monday is Labor Day and there is no school.
     The first days are always such a whirlwind as we ALL adjust to the school routines.  I'm glad to have a three-day weekend and I'll look forward to seeing your kids on Tuesday morning.  We have PE at 8:10 that day.  I'm going out on a limb and predicting that we'll be late--but I'll appreciate any help you can provide with having your child on time and in sneakers.
Have a great weekend,

Mrs. Whaley

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