Homework & Agendas
Communication between parents and teachers is very important to the success of each student. Your child will have an agenda, homework folder and spelling notebook that will come back and forth to school and home everyday. Please check this on a nightly basis so that you can keep up with what is going on in our classroom. I will check the agenda every morning to make sure it is signed which will indicate that your child completed the homework assignments. Please make sure the agenda is signed every night.
Please put any notes regarding absences, changes in your transportation, notes for conferences or anything I need to know about your child in their homework folder or agenda. I send notes to parents in the homework folder or agenda, as well. This will be our way to send communications to each other; I also use e-mail.The agendas are new to second graders. We are trying to get the students to be more independent and responsible. We will spend time everyday learning how to write their homework in the agenda. This will also prepare them for 3rd grade. Students will write their assignments on the left side and parents need to sign on the right. Please notice what their behavior was for the day.AT HOMEBuilding Language Arts SkillsRead a story to your child, then ask him or her to tell the story back to you. This is essentially an effort to see what listening skills your child has developed. Is he or she able to relate the major elements of the story? Does he or she understand the story?
You should read to your child every day during these early, formative years. Your child's interest in the stories you read will tell you a great deal about his or her developing listening and comprehension skills. By sometimes asking your child to tell the story back to you, you not only observe the growth of these skills but also encourage two-way communication.
Using the format of one of the stories you read, write a story together with your child. You write the first line, have your child write the second, on so on. This is another way of ascertaining whether your child understands story sequence; it also encourages the child to write creatively.
Read newspaper headlines together and try to figure out what the story is about. This will help make the newspaper important to your child, as well as providing reading practice.
Draw a picture together with your child; then each of you tell a story from it.
Keep adding new words to your conversations. This is one means of expanding your child's language base.
See how well your child listens to and passes on information. Ask your child to remind his or her mother, father, brother, or sister of something.
It is important that children know the names of objects in their environment. You can gain insight into what your child knows by playing games. You might look at a photograph or illustration and say, "Let's find all the ponds, lakes, birch trees, trucks, hills, street names, restaurants," and so on.
Give each other words, with the idea that you are to make up a story around the word. This is an interesting way to see what words your child is learning and how he or she understands them.
Committing things to memory is a good exercise for the early years. Each of you memorize a poem or story to tell to the other.
Reprinted from 101 Educational Conversations with Your 2nd Grader by Vito Perrone, published by Chelsea House Publishers.