Tips for Academic Success
CES 2nd Grade Homework & Additional Family Fun Activities
(Practice, Learn & Grow Together)
This year, Centreville Elementary School’s philosophy on homework is to create authentic activities to do at home or in the community in order to practice, learn, and build communication within the family. All second grade classes will be having weekly math homework which will be due on Fridays, as well as 15 minutes of nightly reading, which will be recorded in your child’s student planner. If you desire additional exercises, here are some extra everyday reading activities and math games to explore with your child. Again, the focus this year is to practice, learn, and communicate together as a family.
READING & WRITING
Always have a book on hand, no matter where you are.
Keep a small book in your purse or have a picture book in the baby’s stroller. Make sure that you and your children always have something to read when time is available.
Focus on their interests.
Reading with you should be for pleasure. It doesn’t matter if they’re reading about NASCAR or NASA!
Be a patient listener.
It can be difficult listening to your children struggle while reading. Try not to jump in and finish the sentence for them even if they’re reading slowly. Instead, encourage their good effort.
Get everyone involved.
The more people who read with children, the more they see that reading is important. Children need to read with all the adults and older kids in the household.
While reading with your child,
- What is the characters/setting/plot of the story?
- Tell what character you would like to be/why?
- How could you change the story ending?
Write a Letter
- Write a note to a friend or family member and send it in the mail. Write to say thank you, tell someone you love or miss them, ask someone a question, or find a friend to be your pen pal. Don’t forget to write their address and yours on the envelope too!
Practice Number Operations
- Practice counting down from any double-digit number. For example, use a calendar to count down the number of days to an upcoming event.
- Give your child the change in your pocket and ask how many different ways she can make 25 cents.
- Play a variation on the game “Go Fish.” Instead of asking for cards with numbers that match, players take turns asking for cards that, added to the card she has, adds up to 10. Count face cards as zero, aces as 1’s.
- If your child knows that 4 quarters is 1 dollar, can he figure out what 6 quarters is?
- Ask your child to estimate the height of a tree by estimating how much higher it might be than an 8′ fence next to it.
Collect and Organize Information
- Read sports score tables, weather charts, and other common numerical information you find in the news.
- Take measurements for a project around the house. How many inches are there? How many feet? How many yards?
- Read and write the grocery list. When at the grocery story, compare prices and weigh items.
Play a Board Game
- At this age kids are developing more complex ways of reasoning — they like strategic thinking games like Checkers, Chess, Monopoly, and Clue.
- Dominoes-sort by sum of the dots, add two and three dominoes together, etc.
- Develop number patterns and quantity
- Ask questions like: How many more spaces do you need to win?
How many more spaces are you ahead/behind of ___?
- When driving in the car, ask your child what shapes they see around them? Are they plane (flat) shapes or 3-d?
- Use shape words when describing toys, kitchen objects, etc.
Cook or Bake Together
- Read the recipe together and gather ingredients.
- Practice measuring accurately, discuss cooking/baking times.
- Use fractions when cutting or dividing portions.