Wednesday, October 22

Homework for Wednesday, October 22nd and Parent Notes for Week 8 (Monday, October 20 – Thursday, October 23, 2014)

Student Homework:
1. Reading - 15 min. (Ch. 2 of Reconciliation book)
2. Math – 5 min.
3. Study – 5 min. (spelling test tomorrow!)
4. Science Project - due 10/30
*Get two Spelling Tests Signed and write out corrections 5 times for non-challenge words
*Finish other classwork – Phonics and/or Jump Math WB; correct your Math Drill; finish your daily Prayer/Writing Journal; etc.
Parent Homework:
1.   Read – For fifteen minutes, read with your child Chapter 2 of God’s Gift: Reconciliation (p.11-20) by Friday. Please do not write in this book. You may keep it at home and return it to me after November 21st when your child has received the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Reading this chapter can be spread out or completed all in one night. Also, you may choose to read Fiction on Mondays/Thursdays; Non-Fiction on Tuesdays/Fridays; and books about the faith on Wednesdays. Another optional activity is Book Logs (print off as many as you’d like – see the bottom of this blog!) If your child has not  mastered his/her Pseudo Word sight words, please continue to  do Sight Words Recitation for October or November, and other questions/answers from the curriculum notes below each night (particularly the “Words to Practice”, but refreshers on “Words I Know” are also extremely beneficial).
2.   Math – For five minutes help your child practice Math Facts (with flash cards, with online computer games or printed off worksheets like those from, and/or orally) and other math skills noted below
3.   Study – For five minutes help your child study for the Sacrament of Reconciliation, Spelling Test, Star Day Poem. Also, please sign your child's most recent two spelling tests (sorry I am late in sending the last one home!). Please help your child write out corrections 5 times - correcting challenge words is optional. Please make sure this book is returned to school by Thursday at the latest for our Spelling Test. (Friday is a Pro-D Day).
5. Please help your child choose "matter", place it in a small bag, and complete clue sheet (see details on sheet in red homework folder)
6. Finish other HW – Check your child’s backpack for Phonics and/or Jump Math WB – if it is there, help your child complete the page that is next to the last clipped page; help your child correct his/her Math Drill – they know the routine; help your child finish his/her daily Prayer/Writing Journal; etc.
Parent Notes for Week 8 (Monday, October 20 – Thursday, October 23, 2014)
Upcoming Dates to Remember:
-Tuesday, October 21st (and every Tuesday) from 2:15-2:45pm we will gather in the church to pray quietly for the children and meditate on the upcoming Sunday’s readings for Mass. If you’d like to receive a copy of the Mass readings for the upcoming Sunday with listening questions (and maybe some additional spiritual reading stapled to it!) but are unable to make it to join us, just let me know in your child’s planner and I will send it home in your child’s red homework folder for you!
-Thursday, October 23rd (and every other Thursday) from 9:00-9:30am we will be discussing the book Rediscovering Catholicism by Matthew Kelly. At our upcoming session we will discuss more from this book! Our discussion questions can be found on our Grade Two class blog at the bottom of the page under the heading “Parent Faith Formation Links” by clicking on the appropriate link. 
-Friday, October 24th – No school - Pro-D Day
-Monday, October 27th (and every other Monday) we will be discussing the book Interior Freedom by Father Jacque Philippe from 3:15-3:45pm. Check out more about it here and let me know if you’d like to be a part of this book club so that I can order you a copy!
-Thursday, October 30th (and every other Thursday) from 9-9:30am, we will gather in my classroom for a presentation on and opportunity to ask questions about what the children have been learning about in religion.
-Thursday, October 30th 6:45-7:30pm - First Reconciliation Parent Meeting
-Friday, November 21st 1:00pm - First Reconciliation
Curriculum Notes:
1.   God’s Gift: Reconciliation - On Tuesday I will send home a purple book on Reconciliation with your child. This six-chapter book may stay at home with you for the next six weeks. You do not need to send this book back and forth with your child but I do expect to have it returned after your child has received the Sacrament of Reconciliation on Friday, November 21st. Please do not write in the book and keep it in excellent condition so that we may pass it on to next year’s families as well. I will be teaching the content of this book at school but it is absolutely essential that you begin conversing with your child about spiritual matters if you have not already done so. This is such a precious year and they are at such a tender age. Do not miss this privileged opportunity you have as the primary educator of your child – in ALL things – but the faith particularly! My plan for you is to read one chapter a week. How you do so depends upon your schedule. You could read the whole chapter in one night or (preferably, in my opinion) read a page or two each night so that there is ample opportunities for re-visiting previous points and open dialogue. If your child has any questions or seems to not understand anything presented in the book and you feel unable to answer your child adequately, please let me know and I can help him/her as well as you! If the time necessary to complete this book feels like a burden to you, please “count” reading this book as your child’s regular nightly homework of 15 minutes of reading and 5 minutes of studying. I am sure that the task can be completed in that 20 minute allotment of time. Thank you for your sacrifice of time well spent!
2.   Prayer Spaces/Prayer Corners – Just a note to add to what I explained last week about this optional idea… These “pray spaces” can be VERY simple. In the past, I’ve had children use shoeboxes or Kleenex boxes and washcloths! Sometimes they even toted them to school so they could pray with them at recess! One way that you may be able to encourage your child to create/use their prayer space is by helping them gather some religious items that they find suitable for their own devotion – like a rosary they really like or a little prayer book. Maybe you can offer to pray with them at their prayer area before you tuck them into bed or when you come to wake them up in the morning. It can be a very simple/short prayer, like “Good morning, Jesus, I give this whole day to You! Help me to be holy!” or “Jesus, please stay with me all the night long and protect me and keep me safe in Your arms.” You could begin a habit of praying a decade of the rosary (Sign of the Cross, 1 Our Father, 10 Hail Marys, 1 Glory Be, and the Sign of the Cross) with your child each evening at your prayer table or maybe ask your child if he/she has any special intentions they want to bring before the Lord right now. [You can help him/her by “going first,” like saying, “I’d like to pray for Grandma that she will feel better, we pray to the Lord” and then, “Lord, hear our prayer…” Another idea would be blessing your child with a little holy water by making the Sign of the Cross on their forehead and saying a little pray, like, “May Jesus shine on you with His great love.” The children also really enjoy singing songs to God. You could ask your child to teach you one he/she learned at school. One last thought: your could research the “saint of the day” (whoever’s feast it is) online or in a saint book and then teach your child a little something about that saint and then say, “Let us pray a litany to the saints” and then invite your child(ren) to name saints and after each one they say, say “pray for us.” These are just a few ideas for what they are worth…. I think your children should be familiar with all of these from school, but there is nothing like getting it from HOME. You are the ones with the domestic church. I can only do a wee bit in comparison to you, if not in time, certainly in terms of IMPACT…
3.   Act of Contrition - Please help your child memorize the following Act of Contrition in preparation for his/her First Confession: My God, I am sorry for my sins with all my heart. In choosing to do wrong and failing to do good, I have sinned against You, whom I should love above all things. I have hurt myself and others. I firmly intend, with Your help, to do penance, to sin no more, and to avoid whatever leads me to sin. Our Savior Jesus Christ suffered and died for us. In His name, my God, have mercy. Amen.
4.   In addition to Reconciliation, other content of recent discussions has included the following. If you have time and interest, please go over the following with your child:
1.      What is your conscience? (It is your secret core and sanctuary deep inside where God dwells and tells you right and wrong)
2.     What does it mean to examine? (to look closely at.)
3.     What is an examination of conscience? (It is when we pray and talk with God in our hearts about what we have done right or wrong)
4.     Who was St. Matthew? (He was a tax collector and Jesus forgave his sins and then Jesus called Matthew to follow Him as an apostle)
5.     What is the seal of Confession? (it means the priest’s lips are sealed and he will never reveal anything that we confess when we go to confession)
6.     What is the story of the paralyzed man? (his friends lowered him from the roof to have his sins forgiven by Jesus and so that Jesus would heal him)
1.   Please practice addition and subtraction math facts to 18 until mastered
2.   Please practice saying, reading, and writing number words to 100 backwards and forwards
3.   Please practice reading and writing ordinal number words to 10 (first, second, third, etc.)
4.   Please practice counting by 2s, 5s, and 10s to 100 backwards and forwards
Language Arts:
1.   Sight Words – continue practicing the lists with your child at least until your child has mastered all the lists up and through the 15 pseudo word lists. Once your child has completed the pseudo words, the sight words are optional.
2.   Spelling – Please practice the spelling words for this week for Thursday’s test (since Friday is a Pro-D Day) – time, ride, like, five, nine, night, might, hide, white, find. Challenge words – Sunday, mercy, faithful, saints, souls. Please remind your child that only proper nouns are written with capital (uppercase letters).  All students must write their incorrect spelling words five times each. Writing the corrections for the Challenge words is optional. Please return Spelling Test booklets with your signature at the latest by Thursday's assessment (so that your child can write in his test in his/her booklet).
3.   Reading Skills – Please consider practicing with your child recognizing root words and affixes when reading. They should gain practice recognizing the prefixes and suffixes during their 15 minutes of reading. One example of this would be “jump” is the root word and “ing” is a suffix.
4.   Book Logs - Please consider the option of completing the book log with your child during his/her 15 minutes of nightly reading homework.
5.   Poetry Recitation/Memorization – Beginning October 1st, we will start our daily poetry recitation. Each student will be asked to recite a poem (or song) on his/her “Star Day.” For the month of October your child may read his/her poem, rather than have to memorize (although if your child would like to memorize his/her poem for October, that is fine!) Please practice the poem with your child at home in preparation for his/her Star Day. In November we will begin reciting memorized poems. I will send home the booklets on  Monday, October 27th. If you’d like it before that date, let me know.
Science: This week your child will learn about how he/she is responsible for completing a little “science project” of sorts. It is very simple and will give your child practice in completing requirements listed on a rubric for a mark. All he/she needs to do is choose a matter that can fit into a small medium gift bag or paper bag and complete the “clues” sheet. Your child will need to bring the matter in a bag and the rubric (directions) sheet as well as the clues sheet into school on Thursday, October 30th. Please help your child make sure that his/her clues match the matter, that the clue words are written neatly and spelled correctly and that his/her sheet is decorated creatively so that he/she can take pride in his/her project work. Please watch for the “What’s the Matter” rubric/clues sheet (front and back) in your child’s red homework folder.
1.   Name four communities you are a part of. (family, school, classroom, neighborhood, sports, etc.)
2.   Give examples of roles for the above. (child, son, daughter, brother, sister, student, team mate, etc.)
3.   What is the difference between a right and a responsibility? (rights are things we should be given because we are made in the image of God and have dignity as human people; responsibilities are things that we should do for ourselves and others in gratitude for all we’ve been given)
4.   What are the problem solving steps you learned at school? (1. Identify the problem/cause; 2. Consider the choices; 3. Consider the possible consequences; 4. Plan a solution; 5. Implement the solution; 6. Reflect on the solution.)
5.   Think of a problem and go through the problem solving steps with it.
Health & Career:
1.   Manner’s Moment –
2.   What are three personal (for YOU) short term goals for term 1? (A reading goal to move up a letter on Raz Kids, a math goal for how many math flash cards per minute or how many correct answers on a math drill, a physical goal could be how many laps you think you can go around the track at one time)
3.   What might be a reasonable action plan for each of these? How can you accomplish your goal? What will you do? (read more frequently or longer on Raz Kids, practice flash cards with mom and dad in the car, running my hardest when Mr. K makes me run laps)
French: Colours
Visual Arts: Lines and colour wheel