I decided to post a frequently asked question section to help this year run smoothly! If I receive more, I'll be sure to add them to the list. Please use this list of questions to help you with any miscellaneous questions you may have. Thanks for your time!
1. Birthdays - What should I do for my child's birthday? - Please drop off a birthday snack the morning of his/her birthday and we will distribute it sometime during the day. Due to the craziness of our schedules in second grade, the second grade teachers ask that parents drop off the birthday snack in the morning. Also, we ask that the celebration is limited to teachers and students only to be fair to working parents that may not be able to come in. You do not need to send an e-mail, we will have the birthdays listed in the classroom. Thanks for your understanding with this matter.
2. Homework - What should I do if my child doesn't understand the homework and he/she won't let me help? Please write a note on the top of the paper letting me know if there was a struggle with the homework, and then we will go over it with him/her the next day. Homework should not take more than 1 hour to complete (with reading for 15 minutes included), so please stop your child if there is too much frustration and write a note to let us know what he/she did not understand.
3. Reading - My child does not like to read at night, what should I do? - It is very important that your child reads for at least 15 minutes a night to improve his/her fluency, so you may need to be creative with what you choose to read. If your child does not like to read, try to focus on what he/she is interested in. For example, if your child loves sports get out the sports page and read with him/her. If your child likes to shop, get out a catalog and read the descriptions of items listed with him/her. Also, go to a library and let them pick out books that may be of interest.
4. Spelling - We don't have time to practice spelling words at night, what should we do? - Ask your child how to spell the words from his/her list in the car after school or in the morning. Play a spelling game at dinner. Be creative! Spelling practice does not always have to include writing words, so have fun with this!
More to come...