Welcome to Mrs. Gardewine's Second Grade!


Homework this year will be different than years past.  Our plan, as of now, is completing  both sides of math and phonics at school. We are hoping to cut down on papers coming to and from school and home. Homework will consist of reading 20 min each night, study spelling words, and practice addition and subtraction facts. I suggest XtraMath for fact practice. I will be sending home information on XtraMath. XtraMath can be online or there is an app which the last time I checked was $5ish.  You can switch it up if there is an app or game your child likes to play to practice math facts of simply flashcards. Homework will be more important than ever. We are trying to get as much new learning in as possible in case of shut downs. We hope to get ahead of any remote learning. Remote learning hasn't looked the same for each child so they will need nightly practice. Starting good study habits now is VERY important. As tempting as it may seem to wait until the night before the spelling test to study that is not reinforcing good future study habits. If they are good as spelling then it shouldn't take long. If they aren't, then they will need the extra practice. I also expect each child to take an AR test daily. If your child is reading chapter books I understand it may take a few days to complete and therefore daily tests aren't possible.
The school purchased a lanyard for each child for their face mask. We still do not want lanyards for their name tag. It would be too much around their neck and some second graders still have a hard time keeping things out of their mouth.
Your child hasn't been in a classroom since the middle of March. I know it is tough to stay motivated and many have stopped any kind of reading or math practice over this extended time home. I am determined that they will not be behind. We have to be a team.
I take the health of your children very seriously. I will do my best to disinfect and try and keep a normal classroom feel. We will take Brain Breaks and try to move around as safely as possible. I know attitude is everything. Keep it positive:)


Monday-PE (tennis/gym shoes required)

Tuesday- Library

Wednesday- Art

Thursday-Mass and Health

Friday- Music and Computer Lab

About me:

I have been teaching since 1986 ( Please do NOT do the math!) I have taught at Sacred Heart, Our Lady of Lourdes, St. Michael, and Teutopolis Grade School. I have worked with kinder-8th.  I started at St. Anthony in 1998. I have been teaching second grade every since.  Second is the perfect grade!

I am married and have four children. My husband Todd works in Effingham as a letter carrier for the USPS. Avery graduated with her Masters of Social Work and works for Davita Dialysis. She also teaches dance at Dance Life Center. Avery is engaged and was originally to be married June 6, 2020. Covid had other ideas and she has moved the date to June 5, 2021. Pray for good weather as it is an outdoor wedding.  Zachary is a nurse working on the Intensive Care Cardiac floor at Mercy Hospital in St. Louis, MO.  Andrew graduated from McKendree University. Andrew is continuing his education for an additional bachelors degree at Full Sail University this fall.  Morgan is an occupational therapy major at Maryville University. Morgan has one full year and a semester of clinicals left.  Our youngest is a mini goldendoodle named Finn. The poor dog is adored by us all.

I am a graduate of St. Anthony Grade and High School. My children make the 5th generation of my family to graduate from St. Anthony Schools.  We have a proud tradition and I am honored to be a part of it.