2nd grade, we continue to teach in an environment that promotes cognitive, emotional, and spiritual growth while focusing on the core subject areas of reading & language arts, math, writing, spelling as well as other areas such as Christian Formation, Spanish, Physical Education, Art, Music, and Technology. We encourage self-sufficiency as the students begin to establish a study and organizational skills.
2nd graders’ progress continues to be measured in each subject area and other areas such as emotional and social development by the following grading scale:
We always welcome ongoing communication between the teacher and parent throughout the course of the year as a means of measuring how the child is progressing. A strong parent-teacher relationship is
critical to one’s success.
We encourage parent participation in reinforcing what their children are learning at home, but we also create many opportunities for parents to participate in the classroom and with extracurricular activities. Whether it’s reading a story to the children, helping with a craft, speaking on a topic being taught in class, helping with an athletics event, or working backstage for the school play, we believe parents are a critical part of developing our children in mind, body, spirit
We believe in positive parent-school communications and encourage an ongoing dialogue between our parents and teachers. The way in which we communicate and interact with parents directly affects how involved our parents are with our students’ learning outside of the classroom. The more open the communication, the more effective parents will be in knowing how to help and support their children.
In the spirit of helping our students grow strong in mind, body, and spirit, we believe students perform best when they are well-rested and have a balanced level of activities to explore their talents outside of the classroom.
We also believe homework is important in establishing strong, life-long study skills and habits. There is a balance to strike, but we also feel students build self-discipline, self-confidence, and become increasingly more responsible for their own learning when they successfully complete their homework.
Our homework assignments fulfill one or more of the following objectives:
Recommended Time Spent on Homework
Grades 1-2: 20-30 minutes
Second grade language arts entails building upon the foundation students built in 1st grade in the areas of reading comprehension, word analysis, fluency, spelling, grammar, vocabulary development, and writing activities. Students read orally each day and discuss the reading analyzing characters, plots and predictions and begin to compare and contrast common themes. As they read, their understanding of punctuation addresses expression and comprehension. Writing exercises include penmanship practice, working towards the transition of cursive in third grade. The students will begin editing and proofreading, journal writing, and learning how to write letters and stories.
Second graders continue to practice math skills interactively using hands on materials. Concepts taught include patterns, addition & subtraction with placing value to three digits, time, money, measurement, fractions, graphs, and estimation, and word problems.Problem-solving is integrated throughout the second grade. The development of problem-solving skills is an essential goal at this grade level. Students have many opportunities to use the skills involved with computation, estimation, time, money, measurement, geometry, graphing, probability, and algebra to solve a wide variety of everyday problems.
We teach our students how God speaks to us through Scripture and Liturgy of the Word and the basic difference between the Old and the New Testament. The children begin to understand that the Bible is a revelation of God’s love for people and become more familiar with major stories of the New Testament and can articulate the simple meaning of its major themes and stories. They recognize and prepare to receive First Communion and Reconciliation and understands Baptism as a sacrament of initiation into the Church. They learn and experience liturgical rituals and gestures, Liturgy of the Word and Liturgy of the Eucharist as parts of the Mass. We emphasize the meaning of Jesus’ acts by being loving, kind, forgiving and helpful at home, school, Church, and in the Community and give examples of these. We begin to participate in age-appropriate service projects. Teaching and practicing prayer such as Signs of the Cross, Our Father, Hail Mary Glory Be, Blessing before and after meals, morning and bedtime prayer are continue to be taught and emphasized throughout the year.
The idea of living systems is introduced through habitats and the interdependence of living and nonliving things. The concept of change is explored in states of matter, life cycles, weather patterns, and seasonal effects on plants and animals. We investigate and understand concepts such as how different common materials interact with water and basic properties of solids, liquids, and gases. Students continue to develop an understanding of how scientists design and conduct experiments. We use a range of science skills in understanding the natural world. These skills include making detailed observations, asking questions, measuring, classifying, predicting, recording information, recognizing unusual or unexpected data, and drawing conclusions.
Students are introduced to the heritage and contributions of groups of people to various cultures and contributions to history. Students will also study various tribes of American Indians and learn about their culture and significance to American life. Second graders will continue to develop their map skills and demonstrate their understanding of basic economic concepts. Civics standards continue to be discussed including the study of certain historic figures who have contributed to the rights of all individuals. The students will recognize that the United States is a land of people with diverse ethnic origins, customs, and traditions, who make contributions to their communities, and who are united as Americans by common beliefs and principles.