In second grade we are using the Harcourt Trophies series. Harcourt has a wonderful integration of reading, spelling, phonics, writing, language, and fluency skills. Important skills in developing a well rounded reader. The goal is to strengthen their reading skills by teaching them how to make inferences, make predictions, and draw conclusions about what they are reading. Phonetic awareness and building vocabulary using context clues are important in a young reader’s development. Fluency and expression are taught through partner reading, reading aloud, group reading, and one-on-one teacher instruction. The students writing opportunity includes journal writing, creative writing, and expository writing. This Language Arts program can be integrated with all other subject areas. The students should be encouraged to read for enjoyment as well as for information.
In second grade math we use the Sadlier Math Series which provides a traditional and carefully sequenced study of mathematics. We review the operations of addition and subtraction and expand into addition and subtraction with regrouping and borrowing. To help guide us through this transaction we first learn about place values and number patterns. Students will learn concepts, computation, and word problem skills to help them with critical thinking and problem solving. Students are encouraged to practice these skills using manipulatives, flashcards, timed drills, and games. Students will start to build on their quickness and accuracy in basic computation. Math is integrated into other areas of the curriculum and helps present the students with real life applications in which to use math in every day situations.
Second grade teaches the skills needed for the study of science, such as observing, classifying, collecting and interpreting data, creating models, making inferences, and conducting experiments. Our main focus in second grade is on life science and earth science. We learn about plants and animals and how they live and grow, and about the earth, water, and fossils that lived long ago. We do touch upon physical science and space, with energy, motion, and the solar system. These will be explored further in the elementary grades. The Scott Foresman textbook and trade books are used for instruction. Students will also participate in an experiment that is presented at the annual Science Fair.
In second grade we begin with the study of communities, how they change and the different roles in the community, as well as their own role as a citizen. Students learn to compare and contrast things of the past and what has changed over the years. Students learn basic information about local, state, and national government, and about their own rights and roles in the community. Basic map skills and geographical terms are introduced. The Harcourt Horizons text is used as a resource. We also use special books about holidays or people to help inform the students of their significance in history. We use real world discussions to help them relate to what they are learning. Time for Kids is also a wonderful resource to keep students up to date on what’s happening around the world.
In second grade we use the Sadlier text We Believe as our instructional guide. However, at ASA religion is incorporated throughout all we do during the day. We participate in daily prayers, participation in liturgy, and acts of kindness and forgiveness towards others. Our goal is to develop a strong love of Christ, and instill a desire to be his disciple. They are also Feinstein scholars and they try to perform good deeds throughout the year for their community. Students in second grade may be making their First Communions at their parishes this year and we get the chance to celebrate them at our monthly Mass. Each class at ASA is responsible for planning one of the Masses that we have every month. Second graders take on the role of lectors, cantors, and gift givers, as well as being a parishioner. As a parishioner the students will be celebrated as they make their First Communions with their school community.
Computer and Library time are integrated into the curriculum and tie into what is being taught in the classroom. Computers are also used in the classroom throughout the school week. Students will visit the Library/Media center weekly to receive instruction. Computer instruction conforms to the standards set by the Diocese of Providence and includes practice in basic word processing, and accessing the Internet. In keeping with the standards of ethics expected in a Catholic school, students are instructed about safety and responsible use of the Internet, and are held to a high standard.
In second grade the objective is the introduction of musical concepts. These concepts include beats, basic note reading, instrument families, the music staff, and introduction to different composers and musical styles through guided listening.
The main goal of the Spanish program in second grade is Spanish vocabulary attainment. Students learn vocabulary according to themes and to start to communicate cooperatively and with the teacher. Students also start to learn about gender of nouns and adjectives, to comprehend and use common expressions and commands, and finally, to learn about the Hispanic culture. Students meet for one class period per week
The All Saints Academy Physical Education Program offers developmentally appropriate lessons for second grade. The main objectives of the program are to ensure that students: are active all the time, acquire sports skills, demonstrate Christian values, have fun, and most importantly are successful. Students meet on Fridays for one class period. Some examples of activities are: Beachball Volleyball, Obstacle Course, Monkey on the Ground, Basketball, Street Hockey, and Strategy.