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In Second Grade, students take on greater responsibilities for their learning. They can now self-select proper reading material from a variety of genre that is challenging yet manageable, and begin producing books reports to present to the class. Public speaking continues to develop at this level where student will give oral presentations and poetry recitations. In math, students solve problems that include algebraic reasoning, probability and measurement.

Reading & Language Arts
We offer an excellent phonics-based reading program. Ongoing assessments ensure that the students are continually improving their reading fluency and comprehension.
  • Students have many opportunities to read, analyze and respond to literature from a variety of genre.
  • They are given the opportunity to acquire and develop the skills of writing, reading, listening, speaking and critical thinking through diverse, multi-sensory experiences.
  • Students learn to write fiction, non-fiction, biographies, and poetry in many curriculum areas.
  • Listening & Speaking skills are enhanced by reporting on a topic with facts and details, drawing from several sources of information.
Math
Students work at their own rate of comprehension and math groups are fluid.
  • The fundamentals of number sense give students opportunities to use this knowledge to solve real world problems.
  • The use of manipulatives enables hands-on learning through.
  • Students understand place value and number relationships in addition and subtraction, and use simple concepts of multiplication through:
    • measuring quantities with appropriate units,
    • classifying shapes and see relationships among them by paying attention to their geometric attributes, and
    • collecting and analyzing data and verifying the answers.
Science
Scientific concepts are taught through the use of state-adopted textbooks and discovery in our science laboratory. Students use the scientific method of discovery to conduct hands-on experiments and report data.
  • Physical Science — Students develop a foundation for the study of motion and force.
  • Life Science - Students learn about plants and animal life cycles that are typical of their species. They begin to develop simple notions of inherited characteristics, variation within a species, and environmentally-induced changes.
  • Earth Science - Students study about Earth in the geologic past. They learn to identify and discuss the origins of things they use in their everyday lives. Natural resources include rocks, minerals, water, plants, and soil.
  • Investigation & Experimentation - Through observation and recording of data, students sharpen their ability to predict what will happen on the basis of concepts, principles, and theories related to the natural world.
Social Studies
Supplemental materials are used to enhance learning and bring the students to a better understanding of the world around them. Students will:
  • Differentiate between events that happened long ago and events that happened yesterday,
  • Demonstrate map skills by describing the absolute and relative locations of people, places, and environments, and
  • Understand the importance of individual action and character and explain how heroes from long ago and the recent past have made a difference in others' lives.