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2nd Grade Mrs. Laudermilk

  February....Love and Friendship
Our Mid-year MClass Dibels and TRC testing has ended, but I wanted to take this opportunity to say how very PROUD I am of each and every student in our class.  They worked super hard and have shown so much improvement.  Many students increased their reading levels by 2-5 levels!!!  Way to go 2nd graders!!!
In Reading, our focus will be learning about Fairytales.  This includes reading and understanding the characteristic of this type of literature and comparing and contrasting different version of the same fairytale.   Some common fairytales that you may be familiar with are "Cinderella" and "Little Red Riding Hood".  You can support this standard at home by visiting the library and checking out different versions of the same fairytales to read at home or watch them on the computer and then compare and contrast them by discussing how they are alike and different.  
In Math, our focus will be focusing on Measurement.  This includes using a ruler to measure objects in both inches and centimeters.  We will also learn to recognize coins (penny, nickle, dime and quarter)  and their values. We will learn how to count a group of coins and then apply this to solving word problems involving money.  It is important that students understand the WHY before the HOW when learning new math concepts.  You can support this standard at home by having students help you pick out the coins needed at the store when paying and having them count a group of coins to determine the total. 
In Social Studies, we are going to focus on important historical figures in our History, beginning with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  Others will include, George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Rosa Parks, Harriett Tubman and many more just to name a few.  We are planning on having students complete some research and complete a small project to present.  
In Science, we will continue our study of weather.  We will learn about the different types of clouds, the water cycle and types of storms.   We will also conduct several experiments and make some weather instruments.
Thank you for your constant support and allowing me to educate your children...Happy Valentine's Day !!   
Ms. Laudermilk
Mark your Calendars with these important dates to remember:
February 2 .......Last day for MClass Testing
February 14..... Valentine's Day Class Party at 1:45 - 2:40  *Parent Volunteers Welcome!
February 15..... Test on Fairytales
February 16..... No School....Teacher Workday 
February 19.....Progress Reports and MClass Reports sent home
February 21.... Spring Pictures....only for students who prepaid
 Ms. Laudermilk's Philosophy of Education

I wanted to take this opportunity to let you know how excited I am about teaching and how delighted I am to have your child in my classroom. Some of my students I had the opportunity to teach last year in reading camp and other students I will get to know very soon.  I am sure this year will be a fun-filled, challenging and rewarding learning experience for each and every child.  I am dedicated to making this a busy, productive, and exciting year for my students so that they each can develop and learn in a variety of different ways.  I have very high expectations of my students and I want everyone to work to their fullest potential.   I think we have a terrific class and I’m looking forward to a fantastic year!     

     I would like to begin by giving you an overview of my Philosophy of Education.  As a teacher, I believe in creating life-long learners.  It is very important to me that my students are happy and look forward to coming to school each and every day.  I want children to leave our classroom every day feeling excited and wondering what they will be learning tomorrow.  Above all, I want each child to feel that they can, and will, be successful at school.  I tell my students that they are not allowed to say the words, “I can’t” because although their work may be challenging at times, I will never give them something that they are unable to do.  I expect students to always try their very best.  J

Our classroom is a special place.  It is place where children should feel special, feel safe, and feel free to take risk.  We are on this “journey” together and it is important that we are all kind, encouraging and supportative of one another.  Each one of us has different strengths, needs, opinions, and ideas.  If we work together there is nothing we cannot accomplish

We all learn in different ways and at our own pace, therefore we may not always be working on the same thing.  Sometimes we will be working in small groups, with a partner, by ourselves, or with a teacher.  Other times we will work as a whole group.  We need to respect each other’s individuality and unique learning styles and remember that learning is not a race, but a journey. 

I am committed to the importance of parent involvement and support in a child’s education.  I firmly believe that your child receives the best education possible when you and I work together as partners. I will be communicating with you often about our classroom plans, your child’s progress, school events, and other occasions as they arise.   I hope that as parents, you will always come to me with questions and concerns.  It is important that we communicate openly and honestly with one another.  Talk to your child about their day and make sure they are happy and feel confident.  It is the key to a successful year for you and your child.  

Finally, let’s remember that learning is FUN!  We will all be making discoveries and experiencing new things together.  No two days will be the same.  We need to get messy, laugh a lot, be good friends and explore together on our wonderful learning journey!

No books at home?  Students can log on to RAZ kids through the school webpage and read book.  There are lots of great books to read.  
Daily Schedule: 
7:40 - 8:00 Breakfast 
8:00 - 8:20 Phonics
8:20 - 9:40 Literacy Rotations/  Daily 5
9:40 - 10:20  WIN
10:25 - 11:40 Math
11:45 - 12:15  LUNCH
12:15 - 1:15  Specials
M:  PE
T:  Computers
W: Guidance
Th: Music 
F:  Art
1:15 - 1:45 RECESS
1:50 - 2:00 FFV Snack
2:00 - 2:35 SS / Science