A Great Start!

20180830_134931Second grade is off to a great start. We are excited about learning how kindness is formed. We started with God’s creation of a kind world, and we have learned of Adam and Eve’s disobedience and the introduction of sin and death into the world.

The students have enjoyed learning how numbers are formed, how to create their own stories, and how to form hypotheses and conduct experiments – just like a scientist! They even did their own “chemistry in a bag” experiment, and they did a great job!

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We are looking forward to the weeks ahead and all that God has planned for us!

 

 

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CCA Orientation Night!!

I am so excited to meet my second graders tonight! We are going to have an amazing year. Although I am sure you are sad to see summer end, it is always exciting to start a new school year! Come on out tonight and meet me, see the second grade classroom, and see what’s in store for this year!!

Communication & Collaboration!

 

 

Wow! I can’t believe we’re already in the 3rd week of second quarter. These past few weeks we have really been working on communication and collaboration. It is so important for children to know how to communicate and work with one another. To help us work on this, we have been working on various projects and assignments. One big project we completed consisted of the students working to together to create voting booths, voting ballots, and ballot boxes for the Kinders first annual Pumpkin Character Book Report Contest. Through this process, the students had to collaborate and communicate to plan out their portion of the project.

This project was a huge hit! After the planning process, they began to create their projects! The students used various mathematic techniques such as: measurement, addition, and subtraction. They also used technology software to create and investigate. They conducted research to help them learn about the history of voting, what voting means, and why voting is important. Through this investigation, they learned that voting is a freedom we have. When they discovered this, they immediately tied it to our quarter theme, Kindness Freed.

When each group was finished with their part of the project, everyone was able to see the whole picture and understand how everyone’s role in the project was important. The students came to the conclusion that without communication and collaboration, they would not have been able to easily complete their tasks for this project and that the meaning behind this project would not have been the same. When voting day arrived, the students were so excited to use their creations to take place in our school wide voting for their favorite pumpkin character.

 

 

What a Great Start!

During the first quarter of 2nd grade, the saints have been learning what kindness is and how it is formed.  Together, we are studying Ephesians 4:32, ” And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.” We are beginning to understand what God is saying to us and that Christ is our greatest example to follow as we are forming kindness.

With the beginning of a new school year, we are learning and practicing 2nd grade expectations.  This year for positive reinforcement, we are using Swag Tags, Saints with a goal,  in the classroom.  These can be earned by accomplishing a goal individually or as a class.   Swag tags are also given for loosing a tooth, birthdays, first day of fall, etc..  The tags earned will be sent home at the end of each quarter.

The Daily 5 Reading and Writing Workshops continue in 2nd grade.  Our stamina while reading and writing  builds each day.

 

 

We are reading The Josefina Story Quilt as a class.  This book gives us the opportunity to discuss the 1800’s like moving west with a wagon train, leaving most of their possessions behind, experiencing the difficulties of the trip, and developing of a new land through the  a quilt that tells a story.

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In Math, we have written about what we think a mathematician does. The children reviewed math tools and how to use them properly.  We are learning the procedures for guided math rotations and are working everyday to accomplish the daily tasks given.  We are studying place value, ordinal numbers, even/odd, compared numbers, rounded numbers, number lines, and the organization of numbers.

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We are becoming scientists.   We shared what we know about science and science tools, and we introduced the scientific method.  The students are learning that this is a process.  Our first experiment as scientists was to find out how many water drops can fit on a penny.   We worked through the scientific method using each step.  The children were surprised to find that their hypothesis of 2 or 3 drops of water was not correct.  Some were able to place 30 drops of water on their penny before it overflowed.

 In Mystery of History, we reviewed the days of creation and completed our creation booklets. We learned about Adam and Eve, and through their choices, sin entered into the world. We discussed that God created Adam and Eve in His image. We are special and uniquely made by God. We created self-portraits that show just how unique and special God made us.

Other lessons included:

  •  Jubal and Tubal-Cain.  They helped us to see that early man was intelligent.  We were created by a brilliant and personable God.
  • Noah & the Flood
  • Ice Age
  • Dinosaurs (of course, we had to paint our own)

 

 

 

This year we are exploring what it means to be united in our church, home, and school.   We are learning to collaborate with each other to accomplish a common goal.

 The children are working well together.  They are enjoying their old friendships as well as making new friends.

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Welcome to the Kindness Fruit Stand!

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It’s that time of year again, summer has quickly come to an end. I want to welcome you to the Kindness Fruit Stand and say that I am so excited for this school year! You and your saint already mean so much to me. I am so excited to see how everyone grows spiritually, socially, and academically this year.

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Check out the information below to learn a few things about our second grade year.

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Thank you in advance for allowing me the opportunity to be involved in your saint’s growth this year.  Let’s unite together to help make their second grade year amazing!

 

 

Symmetry!

Math was a blast this week! We started our geometry unit by learning about symmetry. We learned 2D shapes that can be folded on an imaginary line and look exactly the same on both sides have symmetry. To practice symmetry, we did a math hunt around our classroom to see how many symmetrical items we could find, and we created symmetrical shapes out of clay. We also created symmetrical portraits of Pastor Brian Davis (our children’s pastor), Mrs. Stephens, Mrs. Rhodes, and Mrs. Hartung. We were given a paper that only had half of their portrait on it, and our job was to complete their portrait symmetrically the best we could. Here are a few of our symmetrical portraits below.

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We also created “Symme-Trees” to help us learn symmetry. In this activity we drew a large tree on a long sheet of white paper. Then we had to color and cut out shapes to add to our tree. If our shapes were symmetrical, we placed them in our tree. If our shapes did not have symmetry, we placed them off our tree. Below are some “symme-trees” we created.

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While learning about symmetry this week, we were able to make a connection to our literacy book The Josefina Story Quilt. We noticed that quilts are made out of patches, and sometimes those patches are or can have symmetrical shapes. Another thing we noticed is that quilts are created by using 2D shapes! We can’t wait to learn more about 2D and 3D shapes next week to see what other connections we can make!