## Wednesday, August 23, 2017

We will be practicing counting/skip counting. Please help us out with this at home. While driving in the car, getting ready in the morning or any other free times ask your child to count out loud. You can practice the following:

*Forward by ones to 500
*Backward by ones from 500
*By 10's Forward to 500 (on decade, 10, 20, 30 ...)
*By 10's Backward from 500 (on decade, 10, 20, 30 ...)
*By 5's to/from 60 and relate it to an analog clock (always on multiples of 5)

*Once they have mastered these, try skip counting in the same fashion, but start with a number that is off the decade.  Off the decade is any number that does not end with a 0.  For example, if you start with 9, it would sound like this: 9, 19, 29, 39, 49, etc...  Another example sounds like this: 225, 215, 205, 195, 185

*By 10's Forward to 500 (off the decade, 9, 19, 29...)
*By 10's Backward from 500 (off the decade, 29,19,9...)
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Mentally add and take away multiples of 10 with missing numbers in all positions.

*23 + 10 = ___
*45 - 10 = ___
*___ + 10 = 62
*___ - 10 = 88
*49 + ___ = 59
*71 - ___ = 61

Once fluent with ten use multiples of ten (20, 30 ,40...)
*23 + 30 = ___
*45 - 20 = ___
*___ + 40 = 62
*___ - 20 = 78
*49 + ___ = 79
*71 - ___ = 51
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* 6 + 6 = 12
Since this is 12 what is 6 + 7 = 13

Thanks for helping and making your child the best second grader they can be! :)

## Tuesday, August 15, 2017

### Birthday Treats

We understand that the children get very excited about birthdays and really love to bring something in to share with their classmates to celebrate.  Our schools have seen a significant increase in food and food related allergies, as well as other reasons for dietary restrictions. Often, in the early grades, children may not even be aware of all of the things they might react to.  We hope to strike a balance between the sharing of treats and each family’s right to monitor what their children eat at school.  It is still our suggestion that you consider sending in a fancy pencil, eraser, or other school supply item, however, if you do choose to send in an edible treat, please package it in such a way that it may be sent home with each child.  This way, all parents can rest assured that their personal preferences are being respected.  *Please be sure to contact your classroom teacher as each teacher has an individual classroom policy.