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  1. passionateacher

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    I'm making a list of things I want to remember to teach my kids how to do from the beginning to make the year run more smoothly. These are very simple, seemingly petty things but important to me. Add to my list if you can think of any other important things 2nd graders need to know how to do on their own (not necessarily academically).

    1. Use binder clips as bookmarks in notebooks
    2. Date notebook entries and draw a line under when finished
    3. Tie their shoes (demonstrate the 1st week, maybe before recess or after packing up;cross their fingers that they'll teach their friends)

    Anything else?
     
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  3. rosebuddie3

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    ideas

    I also teach 2nd grade and some things I'd add:
    a) How to cover a sneeze
    b) How to properly wash hands
    c)Being kind to others-use manners and say thank-you
     
  4. passionateacher

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    "C" reminds me of how I had to teach them how to apologize.
     
  5. TeacherApr

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    Agreed with c. I have had to teach my students to say "excuse me" when getting by someone instead of just running into them. The sad part is, the student that is being run into doesn't say anything to the other child; just takes it. Cultural thing maybe?

    Teach them how to:
    ~put things back where they belong
    ~take care of their own things
    ~stay out of other's desks = )
     
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    Can you share with me your binder clip usage? :) It sounds like a winner!

    Thanks
     
  8. passionateacher

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    binder clips...

    My kids lose bookmarks so easily...I find them all over the floor. To hold their place in their notebooks/journals, I want to show them how to clip the binder clip to hold the used pages in place so they can easily find the next clean page. Paper clips are too thin, can only hold a few pages, and fall out easily. The binder clips will also be clipped to the cover. Paper (hopefully) will no longer be wasted.

    Currently, my kids will turn to a random clean page (skipping others) and once they reach the end of their notebook, they think it's time for a new one. It's a hassle to find clean pages amongst the used ones!

    I know I'll have to teach my kids how to use a binder clip because many of them (more like most of them) couldn't not use a paper clip this year until I taught them!
     
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    That's a great idea for the binder clips. It drives me crazy when they skip around in their notebooks and they have to search for the page where they did their homework. I am definitely using that idea. I just bought a pack of 96 clips at Sam's club.
     
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    My kids use small sticky notes for bookmarks--I do too! :)
     
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    Great idea!
     
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    How about having them fold down the corner of the page they have just used? My daughter who is in high school does this on her agenda.
     
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    I teach my 2nd graders what a "good" question is...one that needs to be answered right away or is directly related to a current topic or assignment. I taught my kids to think about if their question was a good one or not, and many times I'd call on a child just to see them put their hand down and whisper, "Never mind. It's not a good question." We discussed how they could ask me anything at recess or lunch time. It really cut down on questions like "What's for lunch today?"

    I would love to be able to teach them which way to hold notebook paper! Nothing I've tried has been very successful! Most of them know by the end of the year, but maybe 1/4 of them always start on the back of the paper!
     
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    Spell their full first middle last name

    Know parents and siblings full names (mother's maiden name too)

    Know birthdate with year

    Write their address
     
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    How much toilet paper to use (no kidding! Had a kid clog the toilet once)
    How to line up
    How to come to the carpet
    How to sharpen ONLY pencils in the sharpener
    How to turn in papers (all facing the same direction)
    How to walk in the hallway (not running, not grandma pace ;) )
    How to highlight

    Those are just the few I can think of right now. You need a procedure for everything!!!!
     
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    'Basic' addition facts to 18 and corresponding subtraction facts....( I know you'll teach these but it's imperative they get to know them inside, outside, upside down!!)
     
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    I'm working with them to use their planners and write their own homework assignments in them.

    My group is not good at doing independent work, so we are working on increasing the length of time that they can work independently.

    Having them say thank you to the lunch ladies who made their food.

    Also along the same line, when I walk them down to lunch I tell them to try everything on their plate and to eat their fruits and vegetables. I also tell them that white milk is a better choice than chocolate. We also talk about getting enough sleep and exercising everyday.
     
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    How about how to use a textbook? That's what I plan on doing for my kiddos. Kids don't know how to use a table of contents, glossary, etc. I am going to go through all the textbooks this first week with them and they will know how to use their textbooks by the end of the week.
     

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