Dear Parents of 2nd Graders at RAA,
It is hard to believe that the school year is almost over and that your child will be a 3rd grader in a few weeks. Time has really flown!
In preparation for the 3rd grade, we would encourage all 2nd graders to spend part of the summer reviewing their 2nd grade Math skills. An excellent book to aid in this review is “Spectrum Math: Grade 2” by Carson-Dellosa Publishing. This book is available at several locations including Staples, Wal-Mart, and Lakeshore Learning Center (off of Hospitality near Best Buy). The answers are in the back of the workbook and we encourage the parents to remove the answer sheets and daily check the progress of their child.
The major emphasis of 3rd grade math is learning the multiplication tables from zero to ten and knowing them automatically. We will begin this chapter fairly early in the year. However, if you would like to help expose your child to this mathematical process there are a few tools that we recommend. Lakeshore has a learning tool called the “Multiplication Ring”, which is made up of small flashcards. Also, computer games, puzzles, or any other tool really, that helps to reinforce skip counting and/or teaches fact-families are encouraged.
If your child is having difficulty mastering cursive handwriting, we also suggest that they finish their second grade handwriting book, “A Reason for Writing”. All third grade work is completed in cursive from the first day.
We also suggest that your student begins (or maintains) the habit of reading at least one book per week. This is the approximate outside reading requirement for third grade so it is helpful to start developing that habit now. The time spent developing their reading skills will also help them in Math, Science, and Social Studies.
Students who complete one or both of the above workbooks and return it to their 3rd grade teacher next year will be given a special reward for their effort.
The above is only a suggestion to give your child an advantage in their 3rd grade educational experience, and is not required. If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Fisher at firstname.lastname@example.org or Miss Miller at email@example.com.
Yours in Christian love,
Your 3rd grade teachers