Second grade has a well-rounded program with all core subjects: reading, language, mathematics, social studies, science, and religion. Reading focuses on decoding, word recognition, oral reading fluency, vocabulary development, comprehension, and literary response and analysis. Language integrates penmanship, spelling, and grammar into sentence, paragraph, and essay writing. Social Studies introduces family history, historical figures, United States government, economics, and geography. Mathematics builds on a foundation of place value, addition, and subtraction. It develops skills in measurement, geometry, fractions, graphing, and patterns. It also presents multiplication, division, and problem solving. Science investigates three areas: physical, life, and earth. Physical science explores forces, motion, and sound. Life science discovers plant and animal life cycles. Earth science analyzes rocks, soil, fossils, and dinosaurs. Religion begins in the Old Testament with creation, important people, and prophecy of the coming Savior, Jesus Christ. Then it moves to the New Testament with the Jesus’ birth, ministry, death, and resurrection. It ends with the missionaries Peter and Paul.
The primary goal of second grade is to develop in our students a higher level of independence as learners. More emphasis is put on personal responsibility for remembering to complete work and use time in the classroom wisely. As is the case in every classroom, independent reading using the Accelerated Reader program and higher level writing skills are the foundations on which growth is built.
Handwriting – Handwriting Without Tears (Handwriting Without Tears)
Math – CA Math (Harcourt)
Reading/Language Arts/Phonics/Spelling – Houghton Mifflin Reading (Houghton Mifflin)
Religion – One in Christ (Concordia Publishing House)
Science – California Science (Pearson Scott Foresman)
Social Studies – Then & Now (Scott Foresman)
The Lead1st Program (1st – 3rd grade) is a leadership program focused on introducing positive character traits and strong ethical values to all students. The 16 leadership traits are introduced through play and project-based learning, whereby students take turns leading their peers. Everyone receives opportunities to experience leadership both as a leader and as an active team member. As leadership abilities emerge, students are provided more frequent and complex opportunities to serve as Team Leaders. To learn more about this program click here.