Second Curriculum

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Biblical Studies
Students learn many Bible stories during the year. These stories are then applied to everyday situations to encourage students to incorporate Biblical truths into their lives. Students explore ways to live their faith and share the Gospel with others.

Language Arts
Students further develop their ability to use language effectively and correctly. Emphasis is placed on forming complete and correct sentences. Reading skills are improved by reading a variety of stories with phonetic reinforcement. Grammar and Spelling are incorporated in the program.

Students are taught with a spiral/review approach to strengthen the skills already learned while adding new steps, building upon the foundation. Addition and subtraction facts become more automatic, and they learn how to add and subtract double digit problems with and without trading. Students also learn to work with fractions, read thermometers, tell time to the nearest 5 minutes, measure with various units, work with calendars, and understand patterning.

Students study cycles in nature, including seasonal cycles, life cycles, and the water cycle. They study insects, distinguishing characteristics, life cycles, and interaction with people.  Also covered is a unit studying the human body (cells, digestive and excretory systems, and care of our bodies). Additionally, the students learn about magnetism and simple machines.

Social Studies
Student learn about our country by studying various regions and different kinds of communities. They learn about natural resources, groups of people, and how people and places change over time. Skills such as reading a map, graphing, and diagramming are also covered.  Historical figures who have demonstrated good citizenship are studied as well.

Instruction includes singing, moving, listening, and playing rhythm instruments.Students learn the names of notes and how they relate to the keyboard. They learn about time signatures and try to make rhythm patterns.

Art lessons help students to develop an understanding and appreciation of visual art, reinforcing and expanding their knowledge of the components of art history, aesthetics, criticism, and art production. Hands-on experiences include perspective drawing, landscapes, sponge painting, graphics, and positive/negative paper cuts.

Physical Education
This program builds on skills taught in first grade and increases proficiency and capability. Students become more aware of the value and enjoyment of physical activity and begin using skills in game-like situations.

Foreign Language
Spanish is experienced through song, rhyme, rhythm, and familiar fairy tales in the target language. Spoken and written language are targeted.

Study Skills
Study skills are encouraged by the use of decoding processes when reading, and by learning to utilize their time to complete assignments and projects. They are also encouraged to work in their study without disturbing others.