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Reading workshop is an especially busy, productive time of day in our classroom. Students work through four stations- Lexia, independent reading, small group instruction, and independent practice. Through these stations, students practice skills at their level to improve their ability to decode and comprehend text. Here's a look at students at work!
Our second grade students are working hard in school! During the month of January we are working on reading nonfiction books, focusing on answering questions from the text. In math, students are investigating the difference between odd and even numbers, continuing to learn math facts, adding and subtracting groups of 10, and reviewing coin names and values. Our science study of matter combines with writing like a scientist through lab reports.
At home, students can access web based programs that support their learning. Lexia is a reading program that teaching students skills on their level. Students progress through instruction and activities. The program can be accessed at www.lexiacore5.com. Students should complete the lessons independently. The program will notify me if they need instruction or are struggling with a skill.
Raz-kids is another web site that can be used to support reading development. Students are progressing through levels on this site, which focusing on reading for understanding. The program works best when students listen to, read, and take the quiz on the books at their level. I receive a report indicating how they are doing on the quiz questions, which can help drive instruction in the classroom. Students can also record themselves reading a book and send me an MP3 file.
Reflex is a math web program which helps students develop fluency with math facts. Students are eagerly collecting reflex awards for the number of facts solved and new facts mastered.
Students regularly use all of these programs at school. Use at home is a great supplement, especially on snow days! Of course, not all learning happens on-line. Other ideas to help support learning include asking your child who, what, when, where, and why questions about the books they read; have your child count the coins in your change purse- or play the game Collect 50 Cents; skip count by 10, but start at a number other than 0.
Thank you for all of your support. As always, feel free to contact me if you have any questions, concerns, or celebrations to share!
Ms. Leahey is a 2nd grade teacher at the fabulous James Morris School!