GO HOME Folder
We use a daily Go Home Folder for 2nd grade. On Mondays, students will receive graded papers, weekly Homework Contract, Letter Land unit word list, book orders, and any school communications. The rest of the week students will bring home their daily homework (which will likely be a math sheet). Papers do not need to be returned unless their are forms that need to be signed and brought back to school.
We are asking for your assistance in helping your child learn time management skills. These skills will be useful tools in learning throughout their lifetime. The purpose of homework is to develop responsibility while practicing, applying and extending skills learned in the classroom. Please keep in mind that homework is practice. Homework should generally take 20 minutes or less a night. Optional assignments (KidBiz and other online reading sites) may be included on the homework contract and are highly encouraged.
Your child will be given a Homework Contract on Mondays of each week. This sheet will include any upcoming dates or current information pertaining to second grade and Ballentine events, possible donations, celebrations, and academic updates. Parent needs to sign their child's reading log with the minutes of reading per night. Students should keep this Homework Contract in their folder and return it tho their teacher at the end of each week.
Students will track their reading minutes on the Homework Contract. They can even use Ballentine reading sites (ie. KidBiz, Big Universe) to track their reading minutes. Prior to the end of the week, parents need to sign and confirm these daily reading tasks.We encourage each child to read EVERY night when possible. It's a great habit to establish and improves reading tremendously.
Each week students will be given their new Letter Land Unit word list. These words will be assessed at the end of the school week. It is encouraged to practice and apply these words throughout the week through conversation, writing, and spelling. At school, students will have daily reinforcement during our literacy "word work" block.