Second graders use Fundations level 2. This is a systematic and explicit approach to reading and spelling with phonics. Research shows that this type of instruction is effective for all children. We thank you for taking on the role of “phonics coach” at home. Remember, we will teach them first. This means that any phonics homework sent home is a review for your child. They should be able to tell you what the five diagraphs are, and what blends are. At the beginning of each unit, you will see a letter in your child’s backpack explaining the current unit of study. Currently, we are learning about “glued” or welded sounds. There are three bonus letters and five new sounds in this unit.

Our Science kits have just arrived! The second grade classes are beginning a scientific study of solids and liquids. We will observe the properties of many solids and liquids, comparing how different solids and liquids are alike and how they are different, organize the results of our inquires, and communicate both orally and in writing the things we discover. These processes observing, communicating, comparing, and organizing are the basic thinking processes students need at this age to develop a scientific understanding of the world around them.

Your child may ask you for help finding solids and liquids at home. You’ll want to discuss and compare the different characteristics of those you find. (For example, how are salt and sugar the same? How are they different?) You may find yourself observing what happens when solids and liquids are put together. Making lemonade or salad dressing can provide interesting observations when solids and liquids are mixed. Watching an ice cube melt is a way to observe a solid change to a liquid. We’re looking forward to lots of learning and fun as we explore a world full of solids and liquids! Please visit the Foss website at: www.fossweb.com

In math our first unit of focus is Addition and Subtraction within 20. In this unit the children have been asked to review making a ten to extend their fluency with addition and subtraction to totals through 20. We are also learning to solve various types of word problems. As we finish up these skills we will begin to use place value concepts to add numbers within 200 and begin working on fluency of addition within 100.

It was nice to see so many of you at Open House. Thank you for taking time to come and share with us. Watch for conferences at the end of October. As always, if you have any questions or concerns, our email addresses are: edemauro@groton.k12.ct.us, droyle@groton.k12.ct.us, lracicot@groton.k12.ct.us