Homework Expectations

Dear Families,

Your second grader will have homework most weeknights except for Fridays.  Homework should take about 30 minutes total.  You will need to monitor your child's homework progress and sign the homework log each night.   Please also encourage your child to talk with you about what he is learning in class, research has shown a lot of new ways to do and think about things, especially in math.  Our philosophy is that there is usually more than one way to solve a problem and we want your child to explore all of the options to find out which way works best for his thinking style. We do want you to listen to your child read each night and engage in a conversation about the text after reading.  More information about how to talk about reading will be included with your child's baggy book.  I certainly understand that we are all busy these days, but your interest in your child's day and support with homework sends the message that education is important enough for you to take a few minutes out of your day to spend working with your child.  If homework is consistently taking longer than 30-40 minutes  please let me know so we can make appropriate adjustments so that homework better meets the need of your child.  

Below I have listed some components of second grade homework that you will begin to see on your child's homework log.  I will collect and file homework logs each Friday to document participation.

Please feel free to let me know about any questions you have about homework, I am always happy to help you figure out strategies to make homework a worthwhile investment of time. Thank you in advance for helping me help your child by supporting our classroom from home! 

  

Happy Notes

Each Monday your child should bring home a blank index card.  Please take a few minutes to write a little note or draw a picture that sends your child a happy message.  Students will keep happy notes in their desks and are free to take a peek at time they need a little boost, are feeling homesick or lonely or just need a little smile.  Please put your child’s name on the happy note.

Weekly Personal Goals

As we develop our classroom community we will begin to focus on setting personal goals.  Each week you and your child will work together to set a reasonable goal for the week.  At the end of each week you will meet again to discuss and evaluate progress towards meeting the goal. Please see the Personal Goal link on this website for guidelines for setting reasonable and achievable Personal Goals. 

  Parent Teacher Communication

Students will be responsible for unpacking and packing their own folders this year.  Please make sure that your child knows if you have sent in a note or money so he/she can be sure to give it to me first thing in the morning.  Please be sure to check folders nightly (even on Fridays) for information from me.  If you have not heard back from me within a reasonable amount of time, please contact me again in case the first message got lost.  It it important to me to stay in touch with you! 

 

Baggy Books

Until your child gets a Baggy book please spend 10-15 minutes reading something from home with your child each night.  Record the title of the book in the Baggy Book Log column.  You will be provided a list of comprehension questions that will help build your child's skills.  Please take some time each night to discuss the book with your child and record a brief summary of your discussion on the homework log.  

Spelling Words 

 Each Monday your child will bring home a list of five spelling words to work on during the week.  Spelling tests are on Fridays.  If a student misses a spelling test, it will not be made up, but there is no grade penalty for missing a test.  All spelling tests are averaged together for one spelling grade per quarter.  Please see the High Frequency Word link on this website for more info on Spelling Words.  

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