My name is Mr. Gonzalez, and I am excited to be your child’s 2nd grade classroom teacher. My educational background includes obtaining my Bachelors of Science degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education from The Pennsylvania State University (Penn State) College of Education. Additionally, I hold a Teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) certification from Penn State. I also hold a Masters of Education Reading/ Writing/ Literacy with Reading Specialist certification from the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education. I am currently studying at Saint Joseph’s University for a Doctorate of Educational Leadership and Curriculum Supervision with Principal Certification. I am also an Officer Candidate in the United States Army and serve in the National Guard component of the Army.
Into Reading, meets the expectations of alignment and usability. Texts included in the program are high quality and engaging, as well as appropriately rigorous and organized to support knowledge building. The materials include questions, tasks, lessons, and practice that support students' development of reading, writing, speaking and listening, and beginning to think critically. Materials include foundations for students to study topics and develop research habits.
Heggerty Phonemic Awareness Primary Lessons should be taught daily in 1st and 2nd grade classrooms as a supplement to existing literacy curriculum. Lessons can be used for intervention support for students in 2nd grade and above who struggle to decode. When lessons are taught consistently each day with explicit teacher modeling and scaffolded support, teachers see improvement in students’ reading, spelling, and writing, as the students learn to hear the sounds in words.
EnVisions Math packs a unique one-two punch. Lessons start with Problem-Based Learning (PBL), where students must think critically about a real-world math problem, evaluate options, collaborate, and present solutions. This is followed by Visual Learning to solidify the underlying math concepts. It’s the best way to help kids better understand math ideas.
FOSS is a research-based science curriculum for grades K-8 developed at the Lawrence Hall of Science, University of California, Berkeley. FOSS has evolved from a philosophy of teaching and learning that has guided the development of successful active-learning science curricula for more than 40 years. FOSS bridges research and practice by providing tools and strategies to engage students and teachers in enduring experiences that lead to deeper understanding of the natural and designed worlds.
The TCI elementary social studies curriculum ensures that educators can focus on differentiating instruction and supporting students by providing everything teachers need for success.
On this page you find various additional resources that can be of help in supporting your child's reading journey.
Word Reading Strategies
Vocabulary Activities To Try At Home
Tips For Helping Your Child Read Fluently
Tips For Helping Your Child Practice Math
• Have your child set the table (counting and sorting the sets of plates, napkins, cups, and silverware).
• Post a running countdown of the days until her birthday. Let her change the number each day.
• Challenge him/her to guess at things, and then find the answers. For example: How many bowls of cereal do you think we can get out of this box? How many M&Ms do you think are in your (snack size) bag? Which of these cups do you think will hold more juice?
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