Cross-curricular learning drives the Second Grade education.
Meaningful highlights of Second Grade are traditional field trips and celebrating First Reconciliation and First Communion. Technology provided for the boys are iPads, Apple TVs, and weekly instruction in the computer lab.
The reading program is structured by the Daily Five tasks and genre studies. During the Daily Five tasks, teachers confer with learners individually or in small groups. Genre units last approximately four weeks and use various reading strategies including shared reading, guided reading, independent reading, and read alouds. Grammar rules, parts of speech, capitalization, punctuation, and complete sentence structure are taught through skills-based lessons. The STAR Assessment and the Accelerated Reader Program are supplemental tools to measure each learner’s growth in reading vocabulary and comprehension. Primary Spelling by Patterns teaches the fundamental patterns in written words through use of games, songs, and rhymes. Spelling assessments are issued and graded weekly to assess each pattern. Learners use a journal known as a “Wonder Book” to collect memories, classroom activities, and wonders. The 6+1 Traits of Writing Model and the Handwriting Without Tears series continue from previous years. In Second Grade, cursive writing is instructed during the second semester.
The concepts from the interactive enVision Math program are place value up to the hundreds place, money, mental math, two-digit addition and subtraction, geometry, fractions, time, data, graphs, measurement, probability, numbers to 1,000, three-digit addition and subtraction, basic multiplication, and basic division. Manipulatives, “Math Minutes,” and XtraMath reinforce math facts and objectives. Math assessments are graded after each topic to instill motivation and ensure success.
Science and Social Studies
Twice a week, Second Graders switch classrooms and teachers for science and social studies. The social studies program is guided by Simple Solutions, the study of Louisiana, community networks, citizenship, environment, and physical and human systems. The science curriculum uses Simple Solutions and the FOSS kits to instruct processing skills through experiments, activities, and enrichment pertaining to life, earth, and physical science.