Transitioning to 3rd Grade
I can't believe it's that time already! Over the next month look for ideas from me about how to best prepare your child for 3rd grade. One of the biggest things I notice right now that many 2nd graders need to work on to be ready for 3rd grade is self-discipline. They're just kids right? They don't know how to do that. Your 2nd grader right now is much closer to being a 3rd grader than a 1st grader. That's obvious. Think of it this way. They are also, MUCH closer to being a 4th grader than a kindergartener. None of us want our kids to grow up too fast, but building independence is a process. You can do many things now to enhance your child's indpendence and self-discipline. One example is chores at home. Check out this Age Appropriate Chore Chart I found. 8-9 year olds are really quite capable. Scramble an egg, bake cookies, sweep the porch.
Math - Money Time!
In second grade students learn to count money using dollars and coins. Practice whenever you can! Have them count your change at the grocery store. Give them a pile of money to count. Have them sort everything in their piggy bank.
Still some pollinator conversations happening. We are watching our cuttings try to grow. Also, last week we started on some more simple physics activities. Students learned about levers and built catapults. We will do a variety of hands on activities to start to learn how the world works. With each activity students will have open ended discovery time and then a specific challenge. For example, after learning about how levers work, students had to build a catapult with the goal of increasing accuracy and consistancy. I love watching their brains work!
This year at Achieve all K-5 classes will be set up with science activities for you to try with your child. It should be really fun! Make a point of coming and then make sure you play with your child. Some of the challenges are quite difficult. Some are only difficult for adults.
Swamped - The Musical
2nd and 3rd grade are ready to perform! We will do a performance next week (probably Tuesday 12:45) for the other students. There will be limited room if you would like to come watch. We will do a family performance right before Science Night, May 12th at 5:30. It is great! Also, the T-shirts turned out great! Some people still need to pay for shirts, no worries. The money wasn't the timely part, just the sizes. I'll send a note home if you didn't pay yet. You are not late though. Just a reminder.