PARENT NIGHT. Please Sign-In! Lake in the Hills Elementary School Second Grade – Mrs. Dean August 26, 2014. Welcome, Parents!. Welcome: Introduction G oals for Parent Night To outline curriculum To explain behavioral expectations To detail classroom procedures
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Lake in the Hills Elementary School
Second Grade – Mrs. Dean
August 26, 2014
Balanced Literacy Approach with a
180 Minute Literacy Block
Based on the Common Core State Standards
Directions for the Parent Blind Sort (PBS): Your child will write the headings on the top of the paper. You read the words, and they write them, with correct spelling, under the correct heading. You correct it with them, and sign it. Your child needs to bring this paper back to school with your signature on Friday.
New Curriculum – Houghton Mifflin Math Expressions
Read for a MINIMUM of 15 minutes and practice (+) and/or (-) facts for a MINIMUM of 5 minutes (Bedside Five) each night Monday through Thursday. Completion of the monthly Learning Log meets the requirements of ALL reading incentive programs such as Book It, Ozzie Reading Program, and the Great America reading program. No additional forms are needed.
Setting aside 5‐10 minutes before bed to scan material from the school day is the goal for this activity. This is a technique that helps the brain know what is important for memory encoding. We can let students know the school day is divided into two parts. The first part is when they are physically at school, and the second part is the last five minutes of the day just before they sleep. We can train younger students that the last five minutes of the day belong to the teacher.
We know that the brain is busy consolidating memory during sleep. This is what helps develop long‐term memory. Having your child review content from the school day at the very end of the day may increase the likelihood that the material will be processed into memory. By doing a scan before sleeping, a student comes back to what is important for long‐term storage. It could be a list of new sight words or review of math facts, or vocabulary words for science. Doing a quick scan will give the student an edge by sending a strong message to the brain, “This is important.”
“SPOT” cards are earned as a classroom and as individuals for following school-wide expectations.
I dreamed I stood in a studio and watched the sculptors there. The clay they used was a young child's mind, and they fashioned it with care.
One was a teacher; the tools he used were books, and music, and art. One, a parent with a guiding hand, and a gentle, loving heart.
Day after day the teacher toiled, with touch that was deft and sure, While the parents labored by his side and polished and smoothed it o'er.