Dear 2nd Grade Families,
Happy New Year! Grade 2 had a great first week of the new year!
Part of how Urban Prairie honors the legacy of Dr. King is through service work. We encourage our community to take January 20th as a “day on” rather than a “day off”. My family and I plan to volunteer at Beyond Hunger in Oak Park. Consider signing up for one of these opportunities by clicking here:
IU Health Pilsen Food Pantry, 1713 S Ashland Ave, Chicago, IL 60608
Shift 1: 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Shift 2: 1:00 – 3:00 pm
They are asking for a headcount by Monday so please sign up this weekend. Limited to 15 people, including children, per slot.
Urban Prairie Kitchen, 1310 S Ashland Ave, Chicago, IL 60608
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Come help with the final push to get our amazing kitchen ready!
It was wonderful to welcome back the (tall!) second graders on Monday! Ms. Choma needed to substitute for another colleague Monday through Wednesday so our Floor Games did not begin until Thursday. Instead, we took a walk each morning to the green space, did some movement work outdoors, then walked back for the remainder of Morning Lesson. It was a refreshing way to begin our work those days!
When Ms. Choma was able to bring Floor Games, the children were enthralled with the stories that brought movements to life. They all engaged in the movement work with great effort. I am grateful that Ms. Choma is sharing this with our class.
As promised, we worked with a few different forms, bringing them into our bodies in a variety of ways. This work was also balanced with writing! Wow, do we have some writers! Each day, I offered them a minilesson, demonstrating what writers do—write from the heart, use a symbol to let the reader know that thought has ended, use adult letters at the beginning of sentences and for names, but child letters for everything else. They all met this challenge with gusto—coming up with their stories and writing! As I mentioned to you at conferences, the more opportunities they are given to write, the stronger their phonemic awareness becomes. As we learn more phonics rules, they will begin to play with them and incorporate them. I was really impressed with their work! And, I could tell how proud they were to read what they had written to their neighbors!
During our first painting class of 2020, the children painted color wheels. They were able to let the colors flow and mix and although much of our painting is about process, these paintings are a pleasure to have hanging in our classroom!
On Friday, I shared the exciting news that Ms. Baumbartner will be teaching Morning Lesson in Grade 2 next week while I work with Mr. Welcher and the first graders. I told them I look forward to swapping stories over snack each day next week. Again, I am thankful to be a part of such a collaborative teaching community, which allows us to support one another in a variety of ways!