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2nd Grade Mrs. Laudermilk

 Ms. Laudermilk's and Mrs. Welker's Second Grade
Welcome back for our last quarter of the school year!  It is hard to believe that in just 6 short weeks our year will come to end!  We have so many exciting activities planned for this last quarter.
Reading: Second graders are working on comparing and contrasting two version of the same story by different authors or from different cultures.  We will use fairy tales for this standard.  Some examples include Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, and the Three Little Pigs.  It is so much fun these types of fairy tales.
First Graders are working on comparing the adventures and experiences of characters in a  story. One strategy used to compare and contrast is the use of a Double Bubble Map or a Venn Diagram.
In Math, we are working on Money Skills.  First grades are learning to recognize their coins and know the values...penny, nickel, dime, quarter.  They are also learning various ways to make the same amount....5 pennies is the same as 1 nickel, 2 nickels is the same as 1 dime.
Second grade is reviewing coins, recognition and values. so that they can count as groups of coins to determine the amount and solve story problems involving money.  
After our Money unit, we will work on Geometry... various shapes, tangrams, and fractions.  
 In Science we are finishing our unit of study on weather and beginning our study of Life Cycles.  We are partnering with NC State and the Cooperative Extension, to complete an embroyology  project raising chicken eggs for 21 days.  We are also going to experience the life cycle of butterflies and frogs, not to mention plants in our flower and vegetable gardens....Lots of hands on experiences with Science.  
Thank you for your constant support and allowing us to educate your children....and help them to LOVE to learn.   Ms, Laudermilk and Mrs. Presnell
 Mark your Calendars with these important dates to remember in APRIL/MAY/JUNE
April 19 - April 22  Easter Break...Happy Easter
April 23 - Return to school
April 25 - Black Light Party for our class
April 26 - SLIME making Party reward for cafeteria behavior
May 2 - Progress Reports
May 27 - No School...Memorial Day Holiday
June 5 - Field Trip to the Kool Pool - Second Grade
June 6 - Field Day
June 6 - 5th Grade Graduation
June 7 - Last Day of School.....Dismiss at 11:30
               8:30  K-2 Award and Classroom Awards to follow
 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.  

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 supportive 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!

Thank you for all you support and help at home......Ms. Mary F. Laudermilk

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: 
7:35 - 8:00 Breakfast 
8:00 - 8:30 Phonics
8:30 - 9:50 Literacy Rotations/  Daily 5
9:50 - 10:40  WIN
10:40  - 11:10 Science/SS
11:45 - 12:50  Math
12:59 - 1:40  Specials
M:  PE
T:  Computers
W: Library
Th: Music 
F:  Art
1:40 - 2:10 RECESS
2:10 - 2:40 FFV Snack
and Read Aloud
2:45  Bus Dismissal
2:50  Car Riders Dismiss/ Afterschool