Welcome all incoming third graders and parents. I am certain that you are all feeling a sigh of relief that the hectic school year is over and it is finally time to relax and enjoy the summer. I certainly hope that your children will be busy playing in the fresh air, swimming in cool swimming pools, oceans, or lakes, and taking time for riding bikes or enjoying a daily hike.
While it is normal and expected that once school is out we tend to sit back and relax, as a teacher, I must remind you that it is also a time when the “summer slide” may strike. Your children have worked very hard in 2nd grade and gained many new skills. In order to maintain and build upon the skills that they have learned, I have sent home a summer work packet. Inside the packet are 2 books, Flat Stanley and Giant Pandas. There are also activities that go with each book. Please remind your children that all activities are due on the first day of school. If you have any questions about the packet you can e- mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In addition to the summer packet, I encourage you to work with your children on learning their math facts in addition and subtraction up through 10. If they are confident in these areas then work on multiplication facts. You could buy flash cards at the dollar store, or a summer math skills book to reinforce skills learned. These books can also be found at dollar stores, and various book stores. If you would like to have your children work on a computer, two sites that I recommend for math are www.abcya.com or www.mathfactcafe.com.
Enjoy your summer and I will see you all in September!
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