Second Grade

Reading

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

 

Language Arts

Students continue to review the basic parts of speech and get ample practice with classifying sentences.  Composition skills focus on writing paragraphs, with beginning instruction in the three-point, three-pararaph expository essay.  Students master their manuscript handwriting skills and are introduced early in the year to cursive handwriting.

Resources:  Shurley English, Handwriting without Tears

 

Math

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 memorize addition and subtraction facts and begin to commit basic multiplication facts to memory.

Resource:  Saxon Math

 

Bible

Using twenty biblical truths as a framework, our Bible curriculum incorporates both worldview and Bible survey instruction, integrating the two and laying the foundation for future worldview development.  Second grade focuses on biblical truths related to fellowship, along with Bible survey topics from the book of Exodus.

Resource:  Summit Ministries

 

Science

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

 

History

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

 

Memorization

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. 

 

Events

Butterfly Rainforest at the Florida Museum of Natural History

Homosassa Wildlife Park