What to Expect: Second Grade

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We have chapel each school day. Chapel includes scripture memory, geographical prayer focus, and hymns.  We recite in chapel once each semester.

Special classes are P.E., Music, and Art.  We have P.E. daily.  We have music first semester and sing in the Christmas program.  We have art second semester culminating with the End of School Art Show.

We read Bible stories from The Jesus Storybook Bible and King James Version Bible

Bible memory and other memory work includes:

  • Psalms 1
  • The Goops
  • The Year
  • Bar Model Chant

Our science units based on Delta Science Modules include:

  • Classroom Plants: Students experiment with various plant growing activities.
  • Soil: Students study and experiment with the components of soil and what makes good soil and why.
  • Insects:  Students learn various ways that God made plants and insects to interact with each other.

We read about George Washington Carver as an example of a scientist who followed Christ.

Teacher chapter book read alouds may include: Shakespeare Stealer, A Little Princess, Heidi, Faerie Gold, Shakespeare for Little People.

Students also read the following Literature Circle books together at school: The Curse of King Tut’s Mummy, The Minstrel in the Tower,  The Courage of Sarah Noble.

The poets that we study in second grade are: Eugene Field and James Whitcomb Riley.

The stories of Shakespeare that we read are: The Winter’s Tale and The Tempest.

Parents of first through sixth graders read a variety of quality children’s literature selections as family read alouds each year.  We celebrate the completion of each book with a book party.  This year’s selections are Time Cat, Homer Price, Chitty, Chitty, Bang, Bang and Quintus.

Language arts skills learned through First Language Lessons and Writing With Ease are:

  • Listening and reading comprehension
  • Classifying simple sentences
  • Define the 8 parts of speech
  • Answer in complete sentences
  • Give narrations orally
  • Learn basic punctuation rules
  • Practice writing sentences correctly
  • Learn parts of a sentence

We continue growth in spelling, reading, and writing by practice with all 70 phonograms and all spelling rules. We continue cursive practice in the second grade with New American Cursive curriculum.

In Math we use Math in Focus: The Singapore Approach2 A and 2 B.  We use a variety of “hands-on” experiences with manipulatives along with our unique calendar binders to help students grasp concepts from the concrete to the abstract.

We study the same historical time period as the rest of the school.  Our curriculum uses Story of the  World as a key text along with children’s literature and historical articles found online. Learning activities, memory work, and geography are part of our weekly routine. We rotate through one of four time periods: Ancients, Medieval, Early Modern, and Modern.

Daily, we spend 20-30 minutes outside, weather permitting. Each Second Grade student is asked to bring his own healthy snack every day.

Some of our field trips and special events may include:

  • Plant Dissection
  • Bristlecone Pine Tree Stories
  • Lady Bird Johnson Wildlife Center

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