Explore the resources below for support in making learning successful and fun for your child!
Here are some classroom forms you may want to reference throughout the year. Forms will be added as they become ready. Thank you for your patience!
- Scholastic Online Book Ordering
- PeaceBuilders Pledge
- 2021-2022 School Year Calendar
- MPESD Online Behavior Expectations
- 2021-2022 Orientation from Ms. Howard
- Link to join our class on Class Dojo
- Weekly Planner Page
- Reading Log
- Spelling Lists
Volunteer Opportunities (In-person opportunities are on hold at this time.)
We love volunteers of all sorts! As a working parent, I know that it's hard to volunteer in my child's classroom, but there are many other ways you can volunteer and support our classroom. Take a look at some of the opportunities you could help out if you feel so inclined and let me know if you are interested. Thank you in advance!
- Join our school PTA and help out with schoolwide events
- Prepare book order packets (monthly)
- Collate or separate packets
- Cut out lesson materials
- Assist with a classroom lesson
- Read or work with a small group of students
- Chaperone a field trip
- Read a story to our class
- Donate classroom supplies. Here are some of our always-welcomed items:
- Copy Paper (white and pastel colors)
- Pencils (Ticonderoga brand preferred, and sharpened pencils are super-appreciated)
- Dry Erase Markers
- Facial Tissue (e.g. Kleenex)
- Hand Sanitizer
- Baby Wipes
- Wide Ruled Binder Paper
- 3"x3" Sticky Notes (e.g. Post-Its)
- Pink Erasers
- We also have an Amazon Wishlist for our class if you'd like to take a look. Feel free to share the link with your family and friends.
- Check out our DonorsChoose class page for project proposals or follow the links below to specific proposals, too :)
- Current Proposals:
- Math & Science Learning Games: Game On!
- Completed Proposals (from 2021-2022):
- Class Resources: We Are Now Free to Move About the Classroom (Fully funded May 3rd!)
- Completed Proposals (from 2020-2021):
- PE: Let's Get Moving! (Fully funded on August 25th!)
- Social Emotional Learning & Well-Being: A Safe Space to Take a Breath (Fully funded its first day!)
- Math: Time to Get Our Game On! (Fuly funded on September 4th!)
- Reading: AVID Readers in the Making (Fully funded on September 4th!)
- Art: Picasso's Got Nothing on Us (Fully funded on September 4th!)
- Technology: Let My Second Graders See! (Fully funded on December 1st!)
- Technology: Printing, Copying, Scanning...We'll Do It All! (Fully funded on December 16th!)
- Current Proposals:
- Be sure your child reads every day (even on the weekends)! Reminder: Third graders at Robert Sanders should read a minimum of 30 minutes a day.
- Before reading, and periodically as your child reads through a book, encourage him/her to make predictions about what will happen next, how characters will react, how the story ends, etc.
- Ask your child and have your child come up with on-the-surface and under-the-surface questions about the reading.
- On-the-surface questions are ones where you can see or touch the answers in the text or pictures. For example: Who are the characters? When is the story taking place? Where is the story taking place? What happened in the beginning, middle, and end?
- Under-the-surface questions are those that students have to "dig into their brains" to figure out. For example: Why did the main character say that? How does the character feel when this happens?
- Help your child clarify difficulty words or concepts as they arise. Encourage them to check the dictionary, reread the text, and use context clues. If available, use online resources to help answer questions your child has regarding content information.
- Periodically, have your child summarize the story. Ask: What has happened so far? What happened in the middle? How did the story end?
- Act out the story/Get your child up and interacting with the story. Have him/her choose a character and pretend they are that character. Read with that character's voice or maybe even dress up like that character. You could choose a character, too.
- Write daily!
- After reading, have your child write a summary about the story, describe his/her favorite part of the story, or what will happen now that the story has ended.
- Prompt your child to stop mid-way through a book and write a new ending. Afterwards, have him/her read the end of the story and see how it really ended.
- Cut pictures out of magazines and have your child write a story about the picture. Start with who is in the picture, where is he/she, when is it, and what's happening. Then, have them write a middle and an end. Each section (beginning, middle, end) should be about one paragraph long.
- Get a spiral notebook, journal, or staple some paper together and have this be your child's journal. He/she can write anything imaginable in it. A story, an expository paragraph about what they learned or did that day, a poem, a list of words, story ideas...anything! This is your child's place to write whatever he/she wants.
- It can be a personal journal for their eyes only, a journal that's shared when he/she wishes, or one that's openly shared.
- You could even make a response journal; you write a comment back to your child every so often. This way you are modeling correct grammar, spelling, and mechanics without directly correcting your child's writing.
- Practice math every day!
- Make math practice a game. Explore some ideas from the Games You Can Make section on the Student Space page of our website.
- Review the math pages that come home with your child. Have your child correct any errors, complete miscellaneous problems, or "teach" you the concept of a given lesson.
- Check out the math series online. You may also find the Parent Tip Sheets helpful (English, Spanish).
- Check out Duane Habecker's videos on YouTube for detailed modeling of Eureka math concepts.
- Talk to your child. Ask about what he/she learned and did at school.
- Read the news/newspaper with him/her.
- Encourage him/her to ask questions, conduct experiments, and explore topics of interest.
- Challenge your child to explain things to you; have them tell you the "why" and "how" behind things and events.
- When they ask you questions, don't give them the answer. Ask what they think first and then research the answer to the question online or at the library.
- Have a set of supplies ready at home, not in your child's backpack. This way your child will be able to complete homework and projects successfully without having to ask you for something every two minutes, and nothing will get lost or traded at school. Scissors, sharpened pencils, an eraser, crayons or colored pencils, glue sticks, and a highlighter make a great set! Store these supplies in a pencil box, shoe box, or recycled can.
- Make a homework routine that is followed every day. Give your child a quiet place to work on homework that is the same every day. As soon as the homework is complete, check it over, and have your child put it in his/her backpack. This will make your afternoons run more smoothly and mornings much less hectic. Ultimately, remember that your child's homework is exactly that, your child's. Please help with difficult problems and drop the occasional reminder to pack it away, but don't make his/her work your responsibility.
- Mount Pleasant Elementary School District
- Robert Sanders AVID Elementary
- Robert Sanders PTA, PTA Store, & PTA Membership Store
- Canvas (Log in directions)
- Enchanted Learning
- PBS Parents
- Virtual Calming Corner
- All About AVID
- Second Grade Standards:
- English Language Arts
- Social Studies
- People Who Make a Difference (jump to page 7)
- Visual and Performing Arts & Physical Education
Have a resource to share or need support? Please email me!