Students continue to receive intensive instruction in phonics, comprehension, fluency, and spelling. Additionally, students read a collection of classic novels through which they are introduced to the story elements of characters, setting, plot, conflict, and theme.
Novels: Nate the Great; Mouse Soup; Frog and Toad Are Friends; A Bargain for Frances; Sarah, Plain and Tall; The Bears on Hemlock Mountain; Billy and Blaze, The Courage of Sarah Noble, and The Whipping Boy
Resources: Saxon Phonics and Spelling, Teaching the Classics
Students continually review the basic parts of speech, classify sentences, and master the 5-part sentence before progressing on to paragraphs. Students spend the majority of second grade mastering their manuscript handwriting skills but are introduced in the latter part of the year to introductory cursive handwriting.
Resources: Shurley English, Handwriting without Tears
Using a systematic program of incremental development and continual practice and review, students work on addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, time, money, introductory fractions, introductory geometry, and word problems. Students begin memorizing addition and subtractions facts.
Resource: Saxon Math
Students learn how God has kept His promises beginning with Genesis through the life of Jesus (with special emphasis on the kings).
Resource: Christian Schools International
Second graders use a hands-on approach to study the topics of soil science, butterflies and moths, bones and muscles, animal groups, and force and motion.
Resource: Delta Science Modules
Told in story format, second grade picks up where first grade ended with a chronological study of American history. Topics covered include the Constitution, the War of 1812, westward expansion, and the Civil War. Students also study map skills, citizenship rights, and economic principles of saving/spending, limited resources, and opportunity costs.
Resource: Core Knowledge
Students memorize Bible verses, Catechism questions, and poetry selections.
Recess and Specials
Students enjoy daily recess, PE three times per week, Library twice each week, and Art and Music once each week.
Hands of Mercy project--Cupid's Café
Florida Museum of Natural History