Welcome to
Mrs. Ridings' Second Grade

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What we are learning for the month of April


Our lists include: words with the ar, or, and er sounds.


We will begin Chapter 5 about contractions and the parts of a book report.


We will begin Unit 7 all about homonyms, prefixes, synonyms and antonyms.


Cursive practice will continue with writing names and verses from Scripture.


We wrap up Chapter 8 on measuring in standard units and move onto Chapter 9 on measuring lengths in metric units.


 This month we will begin Theme 5 in our Story Town textbooks. The focus skills are on plot, vowel dipthongs, abbeviations and comprehension skills.


We will begin reading the story "The Mouse and the Motorcycle" by Beverly Cleary this month. We will be writing a book report on this wonderful story to connect with our English curriculum. 



This month we are preparing for our First Holy Communion in our Eucharist workbooks. First Holy Communion Retreat day is April 25th. First Holy Communion ceremony is on April 27th.

We are continuing to observe our bean plants grow and we will chart our data on a graph. Stay tuned for photos!

Social Studies

This month we will learn about famous United States symbols that represent our country and what it stands for.


About your teacher:

        My name is Mrs. Julie Ridings and I will be your child’s 2nd grade teacher this year. I have a dual degree from Bloomsburg University in Early Childhood and Elementary Education. I have taught 1 year in a public school setting and 7 years teaching at another Catholic School. This is my fourth year teaching at Saint Joseph’s School and I look forward to teaching your child many new skills and concepts throughout this school year. My teaching methods are based on a positive learning atmosphere in the classroom with respect for faith, children and teachers.

Check Parent Square daily for homework assignments! 

I would like to give the parents/guardians a brief explanation of the colored smiley face that is inside the homework agenda. The color of the smiley face will correspond to my behavior chart we use in class. This is a quick way for you to chart your child's daily behavior progress.  


Behavior Chart outline with corresponding colors:

 Roaring Great Behavior!
Good note written inside agenda               
Prize Bucket Reward     
 Spotted Being Good!   
 Reward Sticker    
 Ready to Explore!    
Everyday begins here; if you end here then 
you still did a great job being prepared. 
Caught Monkeying Around!     
Warning for not making good choices.
Safari Cancelled!                          
Note written inside agenda; must be signed & returned.

Please contact me with any questions or concerns:

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