August 10, 2016
Dear Second Grade Adventurers,
Have you ever been so excited about something that all you wanted to do is climb to the top of a mountain and shout it out to the world? Instead of shouting it to the world though (because people might think I’m a little strange!), I’ll shout it to you right now!
“MY NAME IS MRS. QUINN AND I’M GOING TO BE YOUR SECOND GRADE TEACHER!”
There. I feel better. It’s hard to keep all this excitement inside!
Are you wondering why I called you ‘Adventurers’? Don’t worry, it doesn’t mean I’m going to make you study your spelling words while zip lining down a mountain. When I say Adventurers I mean you’ll be having FUN and taking RISKS with your learning. You’ll learn to S-T-R-E-T-C-H your mind while always BELIEVING IN YOURSELF. Sometimes the best kind of adventure takes place right inside your very own heart and mind.
I’m going to be on the adventure right along with you. Even though I’ve been a teacher for many years, this is the first time I’ll be teaching second grade. Except, this won’t be the first time I’ve been in second grade. As a matter of fact, once upon a time I was a second grader in the exact same classroom where I’ll be teaching YOU! Isn’t that serendipitous?
What does serendipitous mean you ask? Well, adventurer, why don’t you look it up, write down the definition and use it in a sentence. (Your family will be very impressed!) One example of adventure learning is to learn a new word everyday. Not only will this make you a better reader but you can beat everyone at Scrabble!
Here’s another great word for you to learn – procrastinate. This is where I’m going to need your help. I’ve been writing a story about a ten year old girl who has a hard time learning math but has a teacher named Mrs. Lipstick (do you think that’s her real name?) who inspires her. Mrs. Lipstick is really into using new words all the time with her students and it ends up helping my main character with her learning adventure. At the end of the story, her struggles in math aren’t so terrible after all and she lives happily ever after.
The only problem is I’ve been working on this story since my daughter, Eloise, has been in my belly. She’s about to turn 4! Do you think that’s a long time to be working on a story? So do I. Since we’ll be doing a lot of writing this year, I’ll be there right along side you thinking up ideas, problems, characters and all the other fun stuff that goes into the adventure of writing. I will not procrastinate any longer. Does that give you a clue as to what this word might mean?
As many of you know, I live right here in Goshen with my son Henry (first grader), Eloise (Pre schooler) and Clara (crawler and soon to be toddler). We don’t have pets right now but I think we might get a cat! Here are some favorites of mine:
Color: GREEN Dinner: CHEESEBURGER or SPAGHETTI or PIZZA
Snack: CHEESE AND CRACKERS Dessert: CHOCOLATE
Book: Walk Two Moons (I have many!) Author: SHARON CREECH Number: 3 (can you guess why?)
Seasons: FALL and SPRING
Activities: BEING SILLY WITH MY KIDS, EXERCISING, WRITING, READING, MUSIC, FINDING COOL STUFF AT TAG SALES AND FLEA MARKETS, TIDYING (YES, I REALLY ENJOY TIDYING)
I can’t wait to hear about your favorite things. We’re going to have a great year together. Before you go, please give the next page to your parents. It’s just boring, grownup stuff.
Now, stop reading this letter and go read a book! Don’t procrastinate! Go on now…Scoot! Skedaddle! Vamoose!
I’ll see you little adventurers on the 31st!