News & Reminders
Thank you tremendously for all you have done to support your child's success in school this year! Here are ways to keep learning all summer:
1. Read lots of books! :) The public library has a large selection of readers that are perfect for rising second graders. Libraries are great places to learn and grow all summer! To help your child select books that are a good match, have him or her read a page aloud. Some great fiction series include Henry and Mudge, Frog and Toad, Mr. Putter & Tabby, Fly Guy, Poppleton, Little Bear, Nate the Great, Iris & Walter, and Young Cam Jansen. Some great publishers and series for juvenile nonfiction include National Geographic Kids, Pebble Plus, Blastoff Readers, and Scholastic News Nonfiction Readers. The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Public Library has a fantastic online catalog that allows you to search and request books to be delivered to a chosen library for free (I use this service every week to get special books for our classroom)! Encourage children to reread books out loud to practice their oral reading fluency, and have conversations about the books they read to deepen comprehension. Don't forget to log your minutes online for the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge (https://www.scholastic.com/summer/home/) and to complete your McAlpine Summer Reading list (this was also sent home in your child's report card envelope-- it is printed on yellow paper with the second grade supply list on the back). We will also have our subscription to Kids A-Z through the summer.
2. Provide opportunities for writing. Children can write about books, write stories about events that happen over the summer, write a letter to a friend, write to describe their favorite ice cream, etc. As children are writing, they should be expected to write complete sentences, spell high frequency words correctly, and have correct spacing, capitalization, and punctuation. Encourage writing by providing different types of paper or envelopes, folding paper to make storybooks, using stickers or markers, etc. Students can also write a letter to me over the summer using the stamped and addressed blue envelope that was sent home.
3. Practice math skills. There are many websites and apps that provide games for children to practice addition and subtraction. You can also encourage your child to create and solve story problems. Allow him or her to orally explain strategies to solve math problems. Here are some additional websites that include Math games to practice various skills (please help your child navigate the site and select games to target different skills): http://www.abcya.com/first_grade_computers.htm and http://gregtangmath.com/games.
DreamBox Math will also be accessible for at least part of the summer: https://play.dreambox.com/login/dspq/mcalpinee
Have a wonderful summer!
AUG. 27- First Day of School
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Hello! I'm Lisa Debo and I am very excited to work with you and your child this year! I am originally from Buffalo, New York where I graduated from Medaille College with a Bachelors Degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education and a Masters Degree and certification as a Literacy Specialist. My husband and I moved to Charlotte seven years ago when I joined the McAlpine family! In 2015, I was honored to receive the "Teacher of the Year" Award and represent McAlpine for the district title. Please check our class website for weekly updates. You may always contact me via email at email@example.com!