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Grade 2

Second grade provides a time for students to review and refine their skills. As in previous grades, second grade teachers continue to build on the student’s self esteem and encourage motivation, always aiming to foster a love of learning. Teachers keep an open line of communication with parents through a daily take-home folder. Additionally, teachers continuously update their class page online, and post assignments to the grade level website. Regular conferences and online grade reports are available to parents.
  • Art - Grade 2

    Second grade students receive art instruction on a weekly basis. Throughout the year, students use a variety of media and techniques. Lessons often correspond to their regular classroom curriculum. In the spring semester, second grade art focuses on portraiture, and students complete a portrait drawing of a President or First Lady for their Parade of Presidents program. Students learn art history throughout the year as they study the style of impressionism and artists such as Claude Monet and Vincent Van Gogh.
  • Bible Grade 2

    Second graders participate in Bible through daily prayer, Scripture memorization and Bible instruction, taught by a Bible teacher. Each week second graders attend Bible class three times, memorize a Bible verse and attend Chapel to praise and worship God. Each year, students participate in mission projects such as Angels of Light. In the first semester of second grade Bible, students discover what it means to be a child after God’s own heart as they study the life of David, Israel’s second king. As a shepherd boy, warrior, friend, fugitive and king, David’s stories lead us to the heart of God. Second semester Bible is all about the joy of the Lord as students study the Beatitudes.
  • Enrichment - Grade 2

    The Enrichment class enhances students’ classroom foundational curriculum while teaching them 21st-century skills. Students problem solve and improve their critical thinking skills while developing cooperation and team building skills. While studying Ancient Greece in their social studies class, second grade students create a tourism brochure in Enrichment for Sparta or Athens and debate about which city was best. Students also use creativity and problem solving in Odyssey of the Mind challenges. Students enhance their science, math and collaboration skills through Legos WeDo robotics program.
  • Handwriting - Grade 2

    The year begins with a review of D'Nelian handwriting. Teachers analyze student writing based on letter size, formation, consistent slant, neatness and word spacing. During the second semester, students learn the basics of cursive handwriting. Instruction begins with lowercase cursive letters and progresses to capital letters.
  • Language Arts - Grade 2

    Language arts instruction includes grammar, reading and writing. Teachers use a Writer's Workshop model in which they scaffold instruction to transition ownership to students through modeled, guided and independent activities. Students receive explicit grammar instruction using multisensory grammar, a faith-based text and SBS developed curriculum that is reinforced through writing instruction. Students gain proficient knowledge of parts of speech and capitalization and punctuation rules.
  • Library - Grade 2

    Students visit the library with their class each week. The lower school librarian bases each week’s mini-lesson on a fundamental library skill and reinforces specific classroom instruction. Activities include author studies, genre studies, reader’s theater and incorporating technology using iPads. Students are permitted to check out three books each week. Students may make additional visits to the library throughout the day during come-and-go hours or before/after school.
  • Mathematics - Grade 2

    The second grade math curriculum uses a variety of resources, such as visual aids and manipulatives, to understand math concepts. New topics in second grade include addition and subtraction of three-digit numbers with regrouping, multiplication and division, money, place value, time, geometry, measurement and fractions. In the fall, students are required to memorize addition and subtraction facts 0-12 including complements of 10 and 100 and in the spring, multiplication and division facts through 10x10.
  • Music - Grade 2

    At the beginning of the year in music class, second grade students learn songs in the form of rounds, and eventually advance to partner songs. The curriculum expands students’ melodic solfege, and enhances their rhythmic knowledge to half notes and rests. Students learn to identify instruments both aurally and visually. They also study composers from the Baroque period and Classical period. Students have fun learning through songs and games. The teacher incorporates the interactive Quaver curriculum to enhance each concept. Additionally, second grade presents a musical program each February, The Parade of Presidents.
  • Physical Education - Grade 2

    Students receive physical education instruction daily. In lower school, the main focuses are exercise, basic team sports skills and group games. Coaches stress the importance of cooperation and sportsmanship.
  • Reading - Grade 2

    Second graders learn reading through a phonetic-based reading program, with emphasis on Reader's Workshop. Students enhance their reading skills through the use of whole group, small group and individual conference settings. The comprehension focus is a continuation from previous grades as students build on applying fiction strategies and understanding nonfiction elements. Students utilize these strategies to monitor their reading and prepare for discussions and retellings. Teachers use numerous nonfiction books to integrate both science and social studies topics. Reading development is vital for success in all academic endeavors.
  • Science - Grade 2

    In second grade, students continue to learn the importance of inquiry: generating questions, conducting investigations and developing solutions to problems through reasoning and observation. Inquiry includes an analysis and presentation of findings that lead to future questions, research and investigations. Students learn to reflect on topics and apply what they have learned to new and different situations. Classroom lessons and independent reading of fiction and nonfiction books complement the experiments and activities in the science classroom. Specific topics for second grade include animal classification and the human body.
  • Social Studies - Grade 2

    In second grade, the social studies curriculum emphasizes patriotism. Students study American symbols, songs and monuments throughout the year, as well as learn about the office of the President. Their study of U.S. presidents concludes with their Parade of Presidents program in the spring. Each student researches a president or first lady for a research paper, learns patriotic songs in music class, presents a technology project and draws a president self-portrait in art class. Students also learn to read and use maps. Second graders continue the historical timeline by studying Ancient Greece. Teachers present their social studies curriculum through a biblical worldview.
  • Spelling - Grade 2

    Second graders learn spelling through the Scientific Spelling method. The curriculum introduces spelling patterns and teaches word analyzation to reach concrete understanding of the weekly words. Spelling lists are sent home on Monday and practiced throughout the week using sorting, alphabetizing and sentence activities. Each Friday, teachers give a spelling and dictation test to assess understanding and application.
  • Technology - Grade 2

    Second graders use the Lower School Technology Lab once a week for instruction in fundamentals of computer use as well as reinforcement of content area skills, guided by a trained technology specialist. During their time in the lab, students are introduced to a new computer programming game, Scratch. Students will also review and build on their prior experience with Pages, Keynote, Photobooth, and Kid Pix. At times, students will play educational games that are integrated with their classroom curriculum, practice mouse manipulation, and implement keyboard letter recognition.

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