The purpose for home is to give students an opportunity to begin organizing the use of their time, setting up successful work habits that will last for years to come and practicing skills taught in school. Homework should not take long or be frustrating. Homework at this age should be about 20-30 minutes depending on your child’s mood and your family schedule.

There will be 2 (occasionally 3) parts to homework each evening:

·      Reading- Students should be reading books each evening 15-20 minutes (in addition to any minutes you chose to read to them). Please have your child record the minutes they read that evening on the homework log and check off the box that they completed it

·      Spelling-
o   Complete a spelling activity from their spelling sort words Using the Yellow Words Their Way page to guide your activities. Be ready for a test on Friday
o   2nd Grade No Excuse Words- These are sight words that all 2nd Graders should be able to identify, spell and write. Many of them do not fall into spelling patterns and should be memorized. Be ready for a test on Friday.
o   Please have your child check off the box on the log once they complete

·      Throughout the year we will send home hard copies of the Math Games we are playing in class. Please have your child show you how to play the game and play the game several times. These games will be great ways to add math to your homework and can be played several times to master concepts. I have also included your child’s Pearson Math Login for access to online math games from our Investigations Math Program. You can access these games at any time to add math to your homework as well.

Words Their Way Spelling Homework

At the beginning of each week, your child will bring home a collection of spelling words that have been introduced in class.  Throughout the week, your child is expected to complete a different activity daily to ensure that these words and the spelling patterns they represent are mastered.  These activities have been modeled and practiced in school so your child can demonstrate how they work at home.

Monday:  Cut and Sort Words
Remind your child to cut and then sort the words into spelling patterns as practiced at school.  Your child should read each word aloud during this activity.  Ask your child to explain why the words are sorted in a particular way and what the sort reveals about spelling in general. Encourage your child to sort their words a second time as quickly as possible.  You may time the activity for fun.

Tuesday:  Sort
Do a buddy sort with your child.  Lay down a word from each category as a header and read the rest of the words aloud one by one.  Your child must point to the category where the word goes without seeing the word itself.  Lay it down and let your child move it if he or she is wrong. Repeat it if your child makes more than one error.  Then have your child write the sort on the Sort and Record Form (pink sheet).

Wednesday:  Star Sort
Write one header in the center of each star.  Write each word that matches the header on the inside line of every star.  If there is not enough space to write on the inside of the star, the outside can also be used.

Thursday:  Written Sort
In preparation for Friday’s spelling test, complete a writing sort by having your child first write each header on the form.  Call out all of the words one by one from your child’s word sort in random order.  Each word should be written under the correct header without seeing the words.  Call out any words your child misspells a second or even a third time.  If your child places the word in the wrong category, discuss why it does not belong and help him/her move it to the correct category.  Discuss any spelling patterns or “rules.”

Students are welcome to practice spelling words on the website SpellingCity.com in addition to their typical word study routine.  This website offers a wide variety of activities and can be tailored to specific words.  We will be learning and exploring this website in the classroom, as well.

Thank you for your support!