Second grade is an exciting year, especially from a faith-based perspective. The students will learn many new concepts in all subject areas this year that will both excite and challenge them. They will also grow in faith as he/she begins to develop a personal relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ while gaining an understanding of his/her Catholic faith. This is a journey involving the entire family where each member plays an important role in helping to create a Christ centered environment in the home.
In second grade, our main focus is preparation for the reception of the sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist. In addition to these sacraments, the following religious themes are presented: prayers, scriptures, liturgy, saints, Ten Commandments, Family Life, Stewardship Friday, and attending weekly mass.
Students work within a comprehensive language arts program that includes studies in phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, comprehension, vocabulary, spelling, creative writing, and grammar.
Second grade students use manipulatives, SMART boards, and hands-on activities to facilitate learning. Some of the concepts taught this year include: addition with regrouping, subtraction with regrouping, number sense, time and money, problem solving, charts and graphs, probability, geometry, fractions, and introductions to multiplication and division facts.
Second grade topics of science discovery include plants, animals, land and water habitats, weather and earth changes over time, sun, moon, stars, and planets, matter and energy, forces, machines, and magnets, and a field trip to the Falls of the Ohio to study fossils.
Throughout the year, second graders will focus on the following topics: governing the people, the world around us, using our resources, people long ago, a world of many people, and people in the marketplace.
Students will focus on practicing their keyboarding skills the first 15 minutes of each class, practice with Microsoft Word (ribbons or toolbars), are introduced to Microsoft PowerPoint, are introduced to research on the web, and have fun with learning while playing reading and math games.
Students will be taught easy to intermediate rhythm, basic note values, treble clef notes, and understanding melody.
Students will focus on art elements, vocabulary, art appreciation, unique creations, faith-based holiday projects, and cross-curricular projects.
Students will enjoy simple games and structured play to develop gross motor skills and movement patterns, listening and following directions, respecting others, manipulating sporting equipment, and making healthy life choices.