Friday, April 26, 2013

New Digital Homework: Reading Eggs!

We have a new addition to our digital homework: Reading Eggs!  Students received a login sheet today -- but their usernames and passwords are the same ones used for Study Island (Username: Student ID #, Password: First Name).  We have a trial period to use the site and it is a fun, engaging resource to help students strengthen their reading skills.  When your child logs in, they will be asked to complete a 40 question diagnostic test.  If your child gets all the questions right, please have them go to the ReadingEggspress website.  ReadingEggspress is for students who are on grade level or above.   There students can read online books and answer comprehension questions.  At both sites, students earn "eggs" that they can use to play games, buy items for their avatars or virtual apartments, and more.  It seems the trial period will end on May 15th, so please have your child login soon and try it out!

Thursday, February 14, 2013

New Digital Homework!! Study Island is Here!!

We are trying a new program for homework for the second semester.  To help prepare students for the last MAP test in the spring and for third grade next year, we will be using the online site Study Island and the MAP practice sites.

Study Island provides a customized program that helps children master concepts taught in the second grade.  This allows students to have a meaningful homework experience that meets them where they truly are, instead of a "one shoe fits all" type approach.

Please review the letter that was sent home for more information on how to log on.  Most sessions should last about 20-30 minutes as students complete modules.  When students have mastered a concept with 70% or higher accuracy, they unlock games that they can play to further reinforce concepts.

Here is a suggested Digital Homwork schedule:
Day 1: Study Island - Reading (30 mins)
Day 2: Study Island - Math (30 mins)
Day 3: MAP Test Practice - Reading (30 mins)
Day 4: MAP Test Practice - Math (30 mins)
Day 5: Book It Reading (30 mins)