Grade Two Curriculum
In Religion, the theme of our textbook, "Blest Are We", is that faith is developed through a spiral curriculum based on the four pillars of the Catechism of the Catholic Church. These four pillars of the Catholic doctrine are What Catholics Believe, How Catholics Worship, How Catholics LIve, and How Catholics Pray. The four pillars are taught in every unit. The children will learn about our Catholic Faith and incorporate the Sacraments of Reconciliation and the Eucharist through supplemental activities and worksheets. There will be two sacramental meetings held during the school year, where more information will be given out. We will also be using the Benziger Family Life program later in the year. A letter will be sent home along with the book for you to review, before we begin using this program.
In Reading/Phonics, the following skills will be covered to help further your child's fluency in reading: vocabulary development and decoding; comprehension, listening, thinking, and study skills; alphabetical order; initial, medial, and final consonants; short and long vowels; vowel pairs, digraphs, and diphthongs; y as a vowel and r-controlled vowels; words with le; hard and soft c and g; blends, compounds, contractions, prefixes, suffixes, and plurals; and synonyms, antonyms, and homonyms. The children will be using their basal readers, reading and phonics workbooks, and other various reading materials. Reading Slips will be sent home when we start each new story. Please make sure your child reads the story orally to you and returns the slip signed by the due date written on the slip.
In Spelling, the children will focus on a specific list of words weekly. They will be expected to write each word 3x's each and use each word correctly in a sentence, during a full week of school. When we have less than 4 days in a school week, they will write each word 5's each, with no sentences. After learning new strategies to help spell these words, the children will take a test on each Friday (unless otherwise indicated). The other skills covered within each lesson are dictionary, proofreading, using a thesaurus, handwriting, creative writing, and cross-curricular lessons.
The English curriculum covers the following skills: sentence structure, types of sentences, word usage mechanics, nouns, verbs, pronouns, adjectives, adverbs, and literature. The children will also be introduced to different types of writing forms: personal narrative, descriptive, explanatory, expository, and writing that compares. Through these creative writing opportunities, the children will have practice expressing themselves in both oral and written assignments.
In Math, the following skills will be presented to the children and practiced throughout the school year: addition and subtraction facts 0-18; place value to 1,000 and counting; addition and subtraction of two-digit and three-digit numbers (with and without regrouping); telling time and graphing; geometry and measurement; fractions and probability; and multiplication and division. The children will also be encouraged to use problem solving, logical reasonging, and critical thinking skills to enhance their understanding of various math concepts. Flash Cards ( + and - Facts) should be practiced daily for at least 10-15 minutes for memorization.
The Zaner-Bloser method is used to teach both manuscript and cursive. The children will review manuscript and refinement. Then, they will be introduced to cursive writing. Eventually, the children will be able to use cursive writing in their every day work by the end of the year. Correct letter formation and neatness are required in every subject area and in all written assignments. The children also need to learn to hold their pencils the proper way (between thumb and index finger, resting on the third finger.)
In Social Studies, the children will learn about and discuss the following topics covered in eight units: the many ways they learn through family, school, and other groups; communities - how they are alike and different; living and working in communities; rules and laws of a community or state; citizenship and American values; communities of long ago and those of today around the world; our country today; and the holidays people celebrate. They will also be learning to read maps, an atlas, graphs, charts, diagrams, and time lines. There will be two projects during the school year. Each child will make a time line of their lives; and at the end of the year, they will design a t-shirt (the front will be of a favorite memory from second grade and the back of the shirt will be signed by each student in the class), for a keepsake of second grade.
In Science, the children will be exploring the world around them. They will be able to participate in experiments using the process skills of observing, classifying, predicting, inferring, collecting date, and making conclusions. The units covered will be on: Life Science (Plants, Animals, and Fossils); Physical Science (Matter, Sound, Heat, Light, Force, Magnets, and Electricity); Earth Science (The Earth, Weather and Seasons, and The Solar System); and The Human Body (How Your Body Works, Nutrition, and Keeping Healthy).