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Second Grade


Dear parents of future second graders,

We look forward to meeting you and your child in the upcoming school year.   We hope that your child’s first-grade year was a successful one and they are excited about the summer and second grade.  During the summer months, children may lose or forget important skills taught to them during the school year.  The purpose of this letter is to inform you of the expected skills your child needs to enter second grade.  With the mastery of these skills, your child will have an advantage upon entering second grade.

At the beginning of the school year, and throughout the year, second graders are expected to independently:

  • Write 3 observational sentences on a given topic
  • Write an extended complete sentence (for example – The big dog had pointy ears and a fluffy tail.)
  • Use correct punctuation and capitalization
  • Write words with the correct sizing and formation of letters
  • Identify the beginning, middle and end of a story
  • Understand basic grammar rules
  • Understand what a contraction is: didn’t- did not, she’s- she is
  • Read a minimum of 40 words per minute
  • Be able to answer basic comprehension questions about a story such as characters, setting, problem, solution, etc.

 
 The following suggestions can be used during the summer:

  • Read to and with your child
  • Keep a summer journal, write 3 sentences daily
  • Count coins and practice telling time
  • Work on simple addition and subtraction

If you would prefer something more structured or organized, you may consider purchasing a workbook from a local bookstore.  You can easily find many different varieties of many different subjects.  Any activity will work, as long as it is used consistently.  Set aside a specific amount of time daily to work with your child.

We strongly urge you to take the time to spend with your child to keep their mind active and alert.   This effort on your part will greatly benefit your child.   It has been our experience that when children come to second grade with these skills listed above, they are at an advantage.


The Second Grade Team


 


 

 

Planners

Children are expected to write their homework in their planners daily.  Parents need to review and sign the planners daily.  Planners should be in a 3-ring binder and brought to and from school each day.


 


 


Homework

Homework is essential for a child's educational growth.  It reinforces what skills are taught and learned in the classroom.

  • Homework is written in the planner daily.
  • Your child is expected to turn in their homework daily.
  • Please check your child's homework each night to ensure that it is done correctly and that your child understands the concepts.
  • Make sure you empty your child's backpack and folders daily.
  • Work done in class should be reviewed with your child.

 


 

 

Ways to Help at Home

  • Create a special time and place for your child to do their homework.
  • Choose a well-lit area with little distractions.
  • Encourage your child to do their work on their own and ask for help when needed.
  • Read the directions of the assignment together and make sure your child understands what is expected.

Always remember that your child needs encouragement, motivation, and consistent praise for a job well done.


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