Welcome to grade 2!
DEAR PARENTS and STUDENTS:
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: http://waltergladyshill.fmpsdschools.ca/
2K SPELLING PROGRAM:
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
SPELLING WORDS – SEPTEMBER:
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
SPELLING WORDS – OCTOBER:
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
SPELLING WORDS – NOVEMBER:
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
SPELLING WORDS – DECEMBER:
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
SPELLING WORDS – JANUARY:
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
SPELLING WORDS – FEBRUARY:
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
SPELLING WORDS – MARCH:
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
SPELLING WORDS – APRIL:
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
SPELLING WORDS – MAY:
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
SPELLING WORDS – JUNE:
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: www.kidsa-z.com/login/kdobson1
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.