Sunday, 14 October 2018

Class Update

Dear Grade 2 Families,

Please note that I will be away from the class until November 12th, 2018.

In my absence, the students are very fortunate to have Ms. Gray as their teacher.   Ms. Gray currently teaches at our own Emerald Meadows School Age program and is very familiar with our school and students. 

Ms. Gray and I have spoken and she will continue teaching the lessons and curriculum set out in our Grade 2 long range plans.  I know this will be a wonderful experience for the students and I know they will enjoy having Ms. Gray teaching them.

I look forward to class updates from Ms. Gray and to hearing about student experiences when I return to school in November.

Mrs. Korcsog

Tuesday, 2 October 2018

Word Wall Words

Weekly Word Wall

words will be posted on the side of the blog.

Here are some ideas for practising Word Wall Words at home:

1. Cheer, Chant, or Spell the Words Out Loud.
  • Jump on an indoor trampoline, saying each letter of the word, then jump off and say the entire word.  Example: s-a-i-d, jump off=said!
  • “Bounce” the ball on each letter (s-a-i-d), then “shoot” when you say the entire word
  • Spell words out loud with your opera, baby, robot, daddy, dinosaur voice (let your child create a voice!)
2. Card Games: Play Memory Match (Concentration) or Go Fish with the cards.  Using 20 index cards-cut in 1/2 (or reuse scraps of cardstock paper), pick 10 words and write each word 2 times, so you have pairs of each word.  Then play the classic games together.  If you don’t remember how to play these games, you can google how to play them.
3.Integrate into Everyday Life: One of the ways we do this is by spelling these words throughout our day.  The first word ALuv learned to spell, even before his name, was gobecause I would say to him, “Are you ready to g-o?” or “It’s time to g-o to the store.”  I spelled it in every day phrases.   His new thing to ask me is, “Mom, can I go o-u-t?”  It’s funny to hear him spelling words, but it really works!
4.  Go on a Word Hunt.  Can your child find the sight words in the texts you’re reading?  How about on a billboard riding in the car?  Or a sign in the doctor’s office?  Sight words make up about 50% of what we read, so finding them shouldn’t be too hard.
5. Create texts/stories together with the words.

Monday, 1 October 2018

October Home Learning Calendar

Each month, the Grade 2 team will send home a monthly calendar of Learning Activities you can do at home with your child.  

These activities on the calendar support the thinking and the skills that are being developed on a daily basis in the classroom.  

October Home Learning Calendar

Wednesday, 26 September 2018

Learning Update

Here is what the Grade 2s have been working on:

Number Talks involving +/- to 18 without regrouping.  We will be doing number talks throughout the school year 

Number Relationships  and Representing Numbers - including Place Value (Sept. - mid Oct.)

Comprehension Strategy Focus:  Making Connections

Writing - Recounts

Word Study:    a)Spelling  (long and short vowels & syllables)
b)Grammar -  Nouns, Punctuation, Capitals

We Belong to God's Family
Digital Citizenship

Movement and Simple Machines

Physical Education
Movement Skills
Sending and Receiving Objects

Personal Safety and Injury Prevention

Sunday, 16 September 2018

Epic Books

Students will be using RazKids and Epic Books as a literacy station.  It is appreciated if you could send your child to school with headphones to use while listening to the books.  

Thank-you to those who have already sent them to school.  

Reading At Home: Tips for Parents

Here are some tips for Reading at Home with your Child.

Reading at Home Can Make a Huge Difference

Saturday, 15 September 2018

Growth Mindset

Growth Mindset will be a big part of Grade 2.

Why Growth Mindset is Important:

It encourages a positive attitude

It encourages you to work harder

It helps you to become better at ‘stuff’

It makes you really think!

Developing the right mindset early on is crucial for a full, big life. When kids learn that putting forth effort and using the right strategies can make them smarter, they try harder and achieve more. When they know their brains are capable of growing, amazing things can happen!

Wednesday, 12 September 2018

Scholastic Book Orders - Student Passwords

Scholastic book order flyers went home on Tuesday.  Please make sure all order forms are returned
by Wednesday September 19th. 

I will be sending home student passwords for access to the student portal on Thursday September 13th.  Please check your child's agenda, it will be inside the front cover.    A copy will be kept at school should it be misplaced.

Sunday, 9 September 2018

Responsible Use of Technology Agreement


 A Responsible Use of Technology Agreement form was sent home in your child's agenda last week.  Thank-you to those that have already returned it.

I ask that all forms be completed and returned to school no later than Tuesday September 11th as I would like to start students on technology use this week. 

I have attached a copy of the form if needed.

Saturday, 8 September 2018

Great First Week!

I want to thank all parents who showed up to Meet the Teacher Night.  It was great meeting all of you and having an opportunity to chat and have you explore the classroom with your child.

It was a great first week with my awesome Grade 2 crew.  We had a busy week getting to know each other, filling buckets and of course, drawing Self-Portraits that will be proudly displayed on our shelf for the year!

We ended the week doing some STEM challenges.  Students worked collaboratively and designed some interesting things.  I look forward to the start of the second week and seeing all the great learning and exploring your children will be doing this year.

Mrs. K

Monday, 3 September 2018

Welcome Back

Looking forward to a GREAT year with my new crew!

                                                   WELCOME BACK LETTER

Please check your child's agenda.  Their student email address and their log in information for RAZ-KIDS will be attached to the front page.