What a GREAT year! We have covered a lot of material and participated in many fun and exciting projects. Students developed the academic skills needed for the second grade and we made new friends along the way too.
Each child has brought such joy and happiness to our classroom. I was so fortunate to have adopted such a wonderful group of children. My friends and family often laugh at me when I refer to my students as “my kids”. They are like my own children. They have all touched my life and our school community in very positive and rewarding ways this year.
As your child moves from first to second grade, there are some important things you can do over the summer to help them succeed. Here are just a few:
1) Engage in meaningful conversations with your child every day. Take time (if only for a few minutes a day) to really listen to what they have to say. 2) Read to and listen to your child read. Ask questions, make predictions, and make life-to-text connections as you read. 3) Practice addition and subtraction facts. (Flash cards from the $1 store work great!) 4) Help your child develop a sense of responsibility and solving problems independently. 5) Encourage your child to write often! Writing stories, letters, and journal entries are great ways to get thoughts organized and put onto paper. 6) Use technology wisely. Here are two great websites to use for additional practice with literacy and math skills: www.starfall.com, www.abcya.com 7) Have a fun and relaxing summer! Take time to make the moments you have together memorable! Second grade will be here before you know it!
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