Walter and Gladys Hill Public School develops engaged 21st century learners from ECDP to Grade 6. Our students are ethical, global citizens learning through collaboration and inquiry with an entrepreneurial spirit that meaningfully contributes to society.

Mrs. Dobson

Welcome to grade 2! 



My name is Mrs. Karan Dobson. I teach grade 2K at Walter and Gladys Hill Public School this year. I am a lifelong learner and I model this for my students.  I love reading and writing, and I am passionate about early literacy. This year I want to help your child feel excited and proud of his or her reading and writing. Please share your ideas, questions and concerns with me, as we make our grade 2 journey together. If you would like to be a class volunteer, please send me an email. 

This year, your child will be given a Ziploc home–school bag, with his or her name on it.  It will contain any important notes or forms you need to see.  When we begin our home–school reading program, your child’s daily reading book will travel in this bag too.  Please take a look at this bag every evening, and send it back to school the next day.  You can keep me informed too, by putting a note in it.  If I see a note from you, I’ll respond. This will help us connect and work together to support your child. 



school phone #:    (780) 743-3101

school website and events calendar:            



We begin our spelling program on Sept 16th.  We’ll focus on short words that appear very often in speech and text.  This will help your child’s reading and writing grow.  Every day I will teach the class one or two new sight words.  We’ll practise them in various ways throughout the day.  On the last school day of each week, we will have a mini spelling test.  I’ll say the words, and students will print them in their spelling books. 

I will send your child’s spelling book home at the end of every week for you to view his or her progress.  Students are encouraged to practise their words at home with you during the week, and to share their success with you at the end of each week.  

At the beginning of each month, I will send home a monthly spelling word list.  It can be posted at home where your child will see it.  I’ll also give you the month’s words on this site.

Three very important things:

1 – please return your child’s spelling book the following week

2 – please make oral and written practice at home FUN                                      

3 – it’s important for your child to feel successful with these words – practice at home will help a lot   



Test date - Friday, Sept. 20, 2019          a      about      and       am       as      ask      away      again

Test date - Thursday, Sept. 26, 2019     all     at      ate      are    after     always      around     any



Test date - Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019         big     blue       be       bring      brown    but     both          

Test date - Friday, Oct. 11, 2019             by    been    because    best     before    buy     better    black

Test date - Friday, Oct. 18, 2019            catch   can   come   can’t   cut     carry     cute          

Test date - Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019       clean     came     could     call     cold     car    cup          

Test date - Thursday, Oct. 31, 2019       dad    drink    did    don’t    do   done     dress                       



Test date - Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019        draw    down    does    drop     dear    dream     doesn’t     

Test date - Friday, Nov. 15, 2019           eat   every   ate   eight     even    ever    end        

Test date - Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019      first    fun    fish   funny    fast    four    for             

Test date - Friday, Nov. 29, 2019           fall    from   fly    found     full   far    find   face



Test date - Friday, Dec. 6, 2019             go    goes    give    got    get    great    getting    good

Test date - Thursday, Dec. 12, 2019      grow    girl     going    gone     gave   grade   game

Test date - Thursday, Dec. 19, 2019      grew   guy    garden   gas   gate    glue    green



Test date - Friday, Jan. 10, 2020           he    here     him     hear     her     his     help      

Test date - Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020      have     hot     has     had     hold     how     hurt

Test date - Friday, Jan. 24, 2020           into     it     ice     if     is     idea     inside     isn’t

Test date - Thursday, Jan. 30, 2020      job     just     jump     joy     juice     join     joke



Test date - Friday, Feb. 7, 2020             keep     know     kid     kind     kick     king     knew     key        

Test date - Friday, Feb. 14, 2020           live     look     like     laugh     let     lick     light     long

Test date - Friday, Feb. 21, 2020           mine     man     my     mom     me     may     myself



Test date - Friday, March 6, 2020         must     make     made     much     many     math     map     main

Test date – Thurs., March 12, 2020      night     new     now     nice     name     not     near   

Test date - Friday, March 20, 2020       never     of     one     out     on     over     off     once

Test date – Thurs., March 26, 2020      open     or     only     own     our     odd     okay



Test date - Friday, April 3, 2020           put     pick     play     purple     please     pretty     pull     pick     

Test date – Thurs., April 9, 2020         quit     quick     queen     quiz     quiet     quack     quest

Test date - Friday, April 24, 2020        read     run     ride     ran     riding     right     round     red



Test date - Friday, May 1, 2020          say     said     saw     some     so     sun     sunny     see

Test date - Thurs., May 7, 2020          she     soon     stop     shop     sing     sit     sleep

Test date – Thurs., May 14, 2020       seven    show     six     small     start     self     smell

Test date - Friday, May 22, 2020         their     this     there     that     try     they     the   

Test date – Thurs., May 28, 2020       those     these     to     too     two     them     then



Test date - Friday, June 5, 2020        tell     ten     today     take     think     talk     up     upon

Test date - Thurs., June 11, 2020      us     under     use     wishes     which     were     wash     

Test date - Friday, June 19, 2020      what     when     why     who     where     wear     very     vary

Test date – Wed., June 24, 2020       holiday     to     the     beach     summer     sun



Reading at home will help your child become a stronger reader and writer.  We recommend about 20 minutes of quality reading time per day.  Here are a few things you can do together at home to help your child succeed with reading: 

  • Listen to your child read take-home books from school.
  • After your child reads, point to a few short words on any page, and ask your child to read just those words separately.  We do this in class too!
  • Ask your child to close his or her eyes and tell you the beginning letter or sound of any word you read aloud from the book.  Try this with ending sounds too.
  • After reading the book, talk about what happens in the book and who is in it.
  • Share your opinion of the book with your child.  Ask your child for his or her opinion of the story.  Your child can learn how to give reasons for his or her opinions from you. 
  • Try:   “I think this story is fun (or interesting, good, etc.) because ______________.”
  • Listen to your child’s ideas and opinions.  We discuss books at school too!
  • Make the reading activities you do fun.  Read a cereal box or a recipe together.
  • Enjoy your time together reading, writing and talking!  
  • If you have time, visit the public library together. Pick 2 kinds of books – books your child can read to you, and books your child would like you to read to him or her.
  • You will have access to hundreds of eBooks through WGH’s subscription to the Raz-Kids program.  I will send home your child’s ID and password for this program. Students can listen to and read these books. Reading-comprehension quizzes along the way will show us your child’s progress.
  • Students access Raz-Kids at:


Let’s make math fun and relevant to your child’s life!  Here are a few things you can do together at home to help your child succeed with math:

  • Give your child access to a computer to sign on to the mathletics website and use it often.  I will send home your child’s ID and password for mathletics
  • Count the spoons in your cutlery drawer together.
  • Try this challenge:  How many foods can you think of that are shaped like a ball?
  • Talk about today’s date; do this every day.
  • Count the slices in a loaf of bread.
  • Make a math story about toys at home.  Try:  If you and your brother each have 3 dinosaurs, how many do you have altogether?
  • Measure the length of your child’s bed together, using an action figure or doll.  Make a statement about the length.  My bed is 11 Batmans long!  
  • Count eggs in a carton before and after removing some for breakfast.  What is the difference?
  • Challenge:  How many shoes does our family have?  How many pairs of shoes do we have?
  • At the grocery store, ask your child to put 12 buns or 14 mushrooms in a bag for you. At the beginning of the school year we focus on numbers from 0 to 20.  Later in the year we work up to 100, and beyond for students who are ready.
  • After building something with blocks or Lego, count the number of pieces your child used together.