Archive for March, 2010

Entertaining Informance

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

Earlier in the school year I went to Music with our class. It was so fun and I was really impressed with everything being learned.

If rehearsals this week are any indication, the 2nd grade “informance” tomorrow (Wed. 3/31 at 2:00 & 6:30) will be just as entertaining, as well as informative about what goes on in Planet Music!

Be sure to look nice (but not TOO fancy). Be back at school between 6:00 and 6:15 for the evening performance.

Progress Reports, Moving On, and the Vernal Equinox

Sunday, March 21st, 2010

I hope you will use your progress report as a time to celebrate your accomplishments and set new goals. Can you believe we are 2/3 done with second grade already? So much to learn in our final 1/3 of the year… (Don’t you love how I can squeeze fractions in everywhere?)

Moving on…
I have noticed a lack of attention to many of the high frequency words we learned to spell last year. OBVIOUSLY you should be paying careful attention to your spelling WHENEVER you write, not just for the spelling test! (Some of us seem to forget this…)
Our spelling this week focuses on fifteen of these high frequency words that I have noticed have been mutilated a lot lately. It is not only important to learn how to spell these words, but also to learn when and how they are to be used, and to use them to help you spell any related words.

For example:
One of the words is “their”, as in I went over to their house on Sunday. It’s the kind that shows ownership.

Another of the words is “could”. If you know this word, you also know would and should. They’re all in the Oh U Lazy Dog (ould) family, right?

Finally, be careful with the contractions. The apostrophe goes where the letter or letters “fell out” when the two words got smooshed together.
Do not -> Don’t (the o fell out).

This week’s list is, of course, on Spelling City. I put it right at the top of all my lists this time so it would be easy to find. Or you could just click on the link right here and it should bring you right to that list.

Last, but not least, Happy Vernal Equinox! If you’d like to explore the science of this special time further, you can try these activities at Scholastic. (Click the word to open the link.)

Quick Math

Sunday, March 7th, 2010

So much of math success depends on being able to recall your math facts instantly. We are lucky because our school has a subscription to a downloadable program to help you excel at this. You will even be able to chart your scores and progress as you get better.
From your home PC (sorry- not available for Macs yet), go to and click download or update. This will take you to a link which says: “install QuickMathFacts for installation at home”. You will be asked for your email address and school information.
This is a great way to improve your math skills and, of course, have fun!