Spiritual/Bible: Students learn about the birth of Jesus, crucifixion and resurrection. Students study the life of Moses, Joshua, the Judges and Ruth. Character traits are incorporated into our verses, the situations encountered in class, and on the playground.
Reading/Phonics: Reading - Students will read 10 books over the school year. They start at an easy to read level and progress to several books at the end of the year that are at 3rd grade skill level. Phonics – students memorize consonant blends along with clue words, which helps in both reading and spelling. Students learn about suffixes and prefixes, capitalization rules, adding suffixes, usage of words, synonyms, homonyms, compound words, and opposites. Students learn to divide words into syllables and accent the loudest syllable. Students will also practice 3 types of sentences.
Writing: Students work on writing complete thoughts, using proper punctuation. One of the goals is to write interesting sentences.
Math: Students learn to count beyond 1,000 by 1’s, 2’s, 3’s, 5’s, 10’s, 25’s and 50’s. Students learn place value to the 10,000’s place. Students learn to order numbers from least to greatest and learn to round to the nearest 10 and the nearest dollar. Students will learn to add and subtract to anything equaling 18 and then apply those facts to larger problems. Students will work story problems that include missing facts and added facts. Students will learn to borrow. Students will work on critical thinking skills. Students will learn to count coins, bills, combine coins and bills, and order bills from least to greatest. They will also add and subtract dollars and cents and learn to make change. Students learn Roman Numerals 1-30, 50, 100 and 500. They will learn to read bar and line graphs and to plot points on line graphs. They will tell the time to the minute and will work on time zones in the United States. They will learn to read thermometers to the nearest degree, including odd degrees. They will work on fractions – 1/2, 1/3 and 1/4. They will learn to measure using both inches and centimeters. They learn multiplication through the 6x table and some years go through the 8x table. Students will also be introduced to the concept of division.
History/Social Studies: Students will study American History from the time of the Pilgrims through modern times. Included are the Colonists, Pioneers, Cowboys, and Immigrants. Students will also study about American Symbols, Freedoms, Patriotic Holidays and Songs. Students also learn about the states and where they are located on the map.
Science: Students learn about our bodies – including what to eat and how to exercise. Information is included about vitamins, minerals, dental care, and taking care of our bodies. They will also study earthworms, bees, beavers, animal habitats, and instincts. They will learn about plants including seeds and growth. They also will learn about energy, the air, weather, precipitation, and the atmosphere including hands on experiments.
Penmanship: Students will practice and learn cursive letters and words.
Computer: Second grade continues reviewing and expanding on the same goals as kindergarten with the added focus of using Microsoft Word and Microsoft Publisher.