Archive for June, 2014

Summer activities for future 3rd graders

Written by ValerieW. Posted in 2nd Grade

Dear Parents,

Summer is finally here!  The children have worked hard, and deserve a rest.  But before long, we all know that the inevitable will happen – – you will hear your child say, “What is there to do???”  Well, here are some suggestions for activities to do with your future third grader.

  • read every day:  read to your child, and have your child read to himself or herself.  In English and any other language!
  • write every day:  have your child write a summer journal of what they have experienced daily, write to each other in an interactive journal, inspire your child to write POETRY!
  • read the poetry of Amy Ludwig VanDerwater, Zoê Ryder White, Kristine O’Connell George and others.  Inspire your child to look at the world with poet’s eyes.
  • tell your child word problems in order to practice mental math every day (and continue with Xtra math online to practice basic addition and subtraction facts within 20)
  • for more math practice, look over your child’s agenda, find the Common Core codes, and google loads of activities
  • above all, treasure the time you spend together!

Here are some online resources:

a.  Online games in math and reading:

b.  work with word problems

c.  ideas for writing:

d.   Work with reading comprehension:

e.  summer reading books/ suggested books

f.  free online books

We have thoroughly enjoyed teaching these second graders this year, and wish you all the best!

Take care and have a lovely summer!

The Second Grade Team


The Little Red Hen

Written by Kathy Shepherd. Posted in Nursery

As part of our Farm Unit, we read the story of the Little Red Hen. In the story, the hen asks her friends, the pig, the goose and the horse for help to prepare the wheat for making bread.

We decided it would be fun to make some bread just like the Little Red Hen!

First we had to add the ingredients: flour, yeast, a little sugar and salt and some hot water.

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Secondly we mixed it all up and kneaded the dough.

Then the children turned the dough into a shape they liked: pizzas, dinosaurs, fish, lions etc.

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Lastly, we gave the trays to the chef to bake for us in the oven.

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We really enjoyed making bread 🙂

Portfolio Day success!

Written by AngieB. Posted in Nursery

Portfolio day was such a great success!

Thank you parents for coming and supporting your children. They really enjoyed sharing with you their work. They were so proud of their own progress!


Poetry in Second Grade

Written by ValerieW. Posted in 2nd Grade


In Second Grade we are just wrapping up our unit on poetry.  When we began the unit we  asked the children to write a poem, and in many cases their first thought was to find rhyming words so that the poem would end up sounding  like a song.

Yet as we’ve progressed through our unit, basing our lessons on a very inspiring book, Poetry: Powerful Thoughts in Tiny Packages , by Lucy Calkins and Stephanie Parsons, the children have come to learn that, first and foremost, being a poet involves looking at the world with a poet’s eyes – – that is, looking  at the world in fresh, new ways. We can create poems when we have meaningful ideas to write about.  By looking at life closely and carefully, poets find topics to write about that mean a lot to them, topics that give them big feelings.   Poets  find ways in which to anchor these feelings in small objects or details, making pictures that they paint with words, showing you rather than telling you how they have seen the world.  Oh yes, the second graders are learning  how to be poets!

The second graders have also used  their poet’s ears as they’ve  listened to the sounds of poetry.  They have thought a lot about using precise language, striving to find the perfect words to make their ideas as clear and powerful as possible. .  They’ve played with comparisons and point of view, and practiced looking at pattern and repetition to enhance the meaning of their poems.  It is a work in progess, but we’ve seen lots of growth since the beginning of the unit.

Now the second graders are busily publishing their work – – their works of art!  Each child will take home their book of poetry on Portfolio Day, and the following week, the second grade classes will put together an anthology to take home as well.

We highly recommend the following websites!  These poets have inspired the second graders, who have read their poems with open minds and open hearts.  We hope you can continue to foster your child’s budding appreciation of poetry.   poems of Amy Ludwig VanDerwater   poems of Zoë Ryder White  poems of Kristine O’Connell George

The Second Grade Team