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At Wolford we have recently adopted a new reading program Wonders reading series. This is one of the most successful reading series when it comes to providing a strong foundation for continuing the development of reading and vocabulary skills.
Phonemic Awareness: The ability to hear, identify and manipulate the individual sounds (phonemes) in spoken words.
Phonics: The relationship between phonemes (the sounds of the spoken language) and graphemes (the letters and spellings that represent those sounds in written language)
Vocabulary: The development of information about the meaning and pronunciation of words.
Fluency: The ability to read text accurately and quickly.
Comprehension: Understanding, remembering and communicating with others about what has been read.
Sight Words/Re-reads Homework Practice:
Sight words are key to the development and progress of your child's fluency speed. Please practice these words nightly to increase your child’s reading fluency and self confidence. We will assess the children on these words periodically throughout the year and send home a new list when they have mastered their current list. Research shows that there is a direct correlation between fluency speed and comprehension.
Our spelling program is a component of our reading series. The spelling list will consist of words that are directly related to the phonics we are working on in reading. There will be weekly tests.
Writing is an integral part of second grade. At Wolford we are beginning to use the Units of Study program and a variety of other programs to instruct and introduce the children to multiple writing genres. The children will continue to work on writing stories and as the year progresses, they will be expected to add more information (such as transitions and puctuation) and details to support their topics and positions.
Wolford Elementary will be using Math Expression this year. Math Expressions uses objects, drawings, math vocabulary, and real-world situations to help students build mathematical ideas that make sense to them. There will be nightly math homework, games, and activities available online.
- Time to 5 minutes
- Money-counting coins to $1.00
- Math Facts to 20
- Recognize, count, and write numbers to 1,000
- Place value to 1,000
- Adding and subtracting 2-digit numbers with regrouping
Another program we use to enhance our math curriculum is Stand-Out Math. This program uses chants and songs to help children remember math concepts and vocabulary.
We will be practicing math facts in the classroom and using Math Facts In a Flash in the computer lab to increase student speed. We will provide resources to help with practice at home. Math facts should be reviewed for a few minutes each night as part of your child's homework. Children need to develop a strong number sense in math and flashcards help them remember how numbers can be combined in different ways.
We will be using the following units of study to learn scientific methods and address state and district science standards:
- Weather and Sky
- Forces, Motion, and Machines
- Butterfly Life Cycle
The science program that we use is a "hands-on" experimental approach to the study of science concepts.
At Wolford we use the Social Studies Alive program. In second grade, the unit of study is My Community. We teach the state and district standards thru this program and our reading program. We also teach mapping and geography.