Monday, July 26, 2010

First Day Fun!

Wow, I cannot believe second grade is now officially underway! I had originally intended to begin the second week of August, but it looks like August is going to be a very busy month for us between baton-twirling camp, doctor's appointments, and a possible trip to Virginia!

Kristen began her day with a name collage. This went along with the lesson in her Language Arts book that God made her special and unique! She worked very hard on it, and was very proud of the end result.

We also began a calender board. I got the idea from Carisa over at 1+1+1=1. I thought it was really cool, and Kristen loves it!

The upper left corner she practices making the date with coins that I printed out and stuck velcro-dots on.

Underneath, she writes the day of the week, the date, and then she writes the entire date. (I laminated this and we use a dry-erase marker)

Underneath that, I attached a skip-counting sheet. I found this over at There, you'll find skip-counting sheets for numbers 2 on up! I really want to do this with her everyday to enforce some early multiplication skills. To the left of the Skip Counting, I attached the 2 muliplication table so she can make the connection between the skip counting and learning to multiply!

Also on our board is weather tracker, where we will be able to keep track of the weather for the entire week. She just chooses a card with the picture of the current weather outside, and attaches it on the velcro dot.

We also have a hundreds chart where we are going to chart the day of school it is and keep track. Once we reach a hundred, we'll have a little celebration. I also have a place value chart where she can record each day of school there as well.

Everything on our board is laminated and easily attaches with velcro dots.

Kristen has a passion for Ramona these days. I read the entire series to her at the beginning of the summer and she loved them! Ramona was a big favorite of mine when I was a kid, and I love that Ramona is now bringing my daughter joy.

I brought Kristen this past Friday to see the movie Beezus and Ramona and of course she loved that too. I was surprised to find Kristen deeply absorbed in reading Ramona and her Father herself today!

In the book Ramona and her Father, and also in the Beezus and Ramona movie, Ramona and her dad decide to try and draw the world's longest picture. I found a roll of drawing paper at the craft store, and today Kristen was hard at work making her own masterpiece just like Ramona.

Overall, we had a great day. We even managed to get a little time in at the park where we just brought our school books with us. I have a lot of hopes and plans for this school year, I can't wait to see how this year pans out!

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