Hello! Welcome to my website. I am guessing that if you are looking here you are a future parent of a 2nd grader! You are so lucky! Second graders are the BEST! They learn so much and are so willing to try new things!
Some things to think about as the summer continues:
Is your child reading...something! The library is open and ready for business! Let your child pick what they want to read. Choose a chapter book to read together before bed.
!!! Research shows that children should turn OFF devices at least 30 minutes before bed (preferably 60 minutes). This gives time for their brains to settle down for sleep.
Be active. Play! Imagination is one of the best 'free' gifts.
Visit local museums and sights around Raleigh...NCMA, The NC Natural Science Museum, the farmers' market, downtown, ...there is a lot to do in Raleigh!
Children need exposure to many experiences in order to help make 'sense' of their world and to make connections. It doesn't have to be a trip to Disney World! Let them be collectors...rocks, shells, trinkets. The local cigar shops will give (or sell cheaply) cigar boxes that make great treasure boxes.
I was in Oregon this summer and brought back a lot of shells, rocks and even driftwood! I still collect things!
If you have time, get a little box of flashcards with addition and subtraction facts to 20. Practice a little. A key concept is the '10-ness' of our number system. (Partners of ten are essential to success!)
If I think of other things I will add on from here!
July 19, 2017
One thing you should know about me is that I am a 'developmentalist'. I have had 32 years experience as a teacher working with young children. Children need to 'develop' at a reasonable pace in order to learn. Some children develop faster than others but the majority of children eventually learn appropriately. Rushing through this can lead to frustration or anxiety. I believe in providing many developmentally appropriate experiences for learning potential.
I also believe in diminishing our trash output! If your child is going to be bring their lunch to school please consider reusable containers, water bottles, and a cloth napkin.
An interesting site to visit for books about non-fiction animals is: