Second grade is an amazing year of academic, spiritual, physical, and social growth! During the 2nd grade year, we explore deeper the magnificent world God has created. Our major goals are to develop a love for learning and a commitment that each child will desire to know the heart of God.
In 2nd grade, we learn about the character of God and what it means to become Christ followers in our every day lives through the study of Moses and Exodus. Positive Action Bible curriculum is an excellent reference tool. We incorporate salvation, the Fruit of the Spirit, and other biblical truths into all subject areas throughout the year. Weekly Bible memorization is a critical tool in developing Godly character.
The Houghton Mifflin Reading text introduces the students to stories from award winning authors. In these pages the children explore silly stories, nature, animals, communities, and family life. We enrich our reading with chapter books that promote our history and science units. An individualized leveled reading program is being developed that incorporates AR, goal setting, and reading responses. The basal lessons also give practice and learning in comprehension, vocabulary and grammar. A multi-sensory teaching method makes grammar fun as the children recognize parts of speech.
Saxon Phonics and Spelling is a systematic program that presents letter sounds, combinations, and syllables in small increments that are tools to help each student become a strong reader and speller. The children are involved and enthusiastic as we code words to identify specific sounds and rules. The spelling words are not limited to memorization because the children can use the simple rules and spelling patterns they learn in their phonics lessons. The children are also challenged with vocabulary words and sentence dictations. Saxon also is used to teach the students cursive writing.
We are excited to begin developing authors in second grade. We teach students how to write by using the writing process and develop their skills across the six traits of writing. The children write paragraphs, poems, letters and narratives. Daily journal entries give the children the opportunity to express their thoughts and help develop sentence structure.
In addition to hands-on activities and manipulatives, our Harcourt School Publishers Math workbook develops skills from concrete to abstract. Units of study include addition and subtraction facts; place value; regrouping for addition and subtraction; skip counting; graphing; counting money; telling time; fractions; plane and solid shapes; measurement; multiplication; and story problems.
CCA students learn about science from a biblical worldview. We use the Purposeful Design science textbook published by the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI). Second graders study plants, animals, habitats, dinosaurs, weather, volcanoes, magnets, the solar system, and simple machines. Field trips and hands-on projects add to the fun of learning about our world.
Our young historians learn the importance of our Christian heritage in the founding of our country. We use the ABeka, Our America, to introduce the students to the people who built our country. We study the Separatists, colonists, pioneers, cowboys, and immigrants. Additionally, students learn about America’s flag and other important national symbols. Geography skills are taught as the children learn continents, the 50 states, oceans, and neighboring countries. Field trips enrich our study of history.
We are blessed to have art, Spanish, computer, library, physical education and music classes scheduled throughout the week. These classes are taught by specialists in their field and in settings specifically designed for those activities.
In second grade, we create special memories. Our students enjoy celebrating special units of study. Fun-filled events celebrating literature include Charlotte’s Web Day and Detective Day. Students also enjoy learning about Kansas state history. All second grade classes prepare a Thanksgiving lunch and share the meal together.