End of the Year Wrap-Up from
Thank you parents for a fantastic year for both me and the children. I feel very confident that your little ones are ready for second grade! They have worked so hard this year and I am truly proud of them.
Over the summer, your child can log onto their Student Desktop (username = first name.last name
password = student’s “weird” password)
and engage in some educational programs such as:
Smarty Ants, Dream Box, FasttMath, BrainPop Jr. and CCC On Demand!
** Feel free to email me over the summer if any questions or concerns with any of the computer programs. You can always visit my website for any information as well.
Here are some additional websites the kids might enjoy:
*Of course, always supervise your child when they are using the internet.
As summer approaches our thoughts turn to sun and fun and we tend to forget many things learned in school.
However, summer can be a time to nurture our young one’s minds.
Below I have provided a list of fun and enriching activities for you to try over the summer.
We want everyone prepared for next year!
--Reading Comprehension skills, knowing how to write a paragraph, knowing how to find the main idea of passage, knowing math facts (memorized), addition and subtraction in two and three digit numbers with regrouping and telling time to the quarter hour and half hour.
--Visit the free or discounted Kids Movies offered by local theatres. These movies provide a fun outing and a chance to review reading comprehension skills when the movie is over. Ask the Who, What, When, and Why questions. Have kids summarize or compare/contrast.
--Give your child an imaginary amount of money to spend. Then have them look through catalogs and make lists of things they would like to buy.
--Don’t forget to join the Summer Reading Club at the Public Library.
-- Have your child select some picks to read over the summer, complete a book report form (see the links below) and present to the family.
Retelling a Book; Cereal Box Book Report; Non-Fiction Book Report
--When shopping allow your child to keep a running total. They can use a calculator for this and they will need to be familiar with calculators for third grade.
--Get a set of flash cards and drill for 10 minutes every other day. Addition and subtraction please.
--Continue to encourage your child to read nightly. Newspapers, comic books (most comics are written on a fourth-grade level) or magazines are good choices for summer reading.
--Get an assortment of workbooks that give practice in all of the basic skill areas. You can go to Walmart or a Dollar Store to purchase these workbooks. Encourage them to do a couple of pages every other day.
--Take a trip to the children’s museum, an art museum, or a science museum. Be sure to discuss the things you saw while there.
--Spin the globe or grab a map. Pick a place to research. Find 5 to 6 interesting things about that place. Better yet, let your child help plan your family vacation route on the map!
--Bake a cake from scratch. Let your child follow directions and measure out the ingredients. Great Fraction and Measurement Fun!
--Grow a vegetable garden. Have your child keep an observation book to record what is happening in the garden as it grows.
--Have your child keep a writing journal of their summer activities.
*An excellent resource for skill review is Summer Bridge Activities Gr. 1-2. This book can be found in local book stores.
Good-Bye First Grade, Hello 2nd!