Second graders are challenged with many new learning experiences as they move over to the second grade wing at C.A.S.A. Second grade is blessed with wonderful teachers who are eager to shepherd their students in a Christian and loving environment.
Second grade core subjects include Bible, language arts (reading, phonics, writing, spelling, and language), math, science/health, and social studies. Our specialty classes include art, music, and physical education. Each of these classes is taught by experienced teachers. All classes are biblically integrated and taught from a Christian worldview.
The best part of our day is Bible class. Our students love the Lord and are always eager to hear Bible stories. We focus on Bible heroes throughout the Old and New Testaments. Emphasis is placed on Christian character traits and how they can emulate them in their own lives. They learn that these people were imperfect, yet they were loved by God, and they learned to obey Him. The good news of salvation is also woven into each lesson.
Our students learn addition and subtraction strategies with and without regrouping as well as develop problem-solving skills. We explore place value and develop students’ recognition of patterns and numbers to 1,000. We work on counting money, telling time, and measurement skills. Geometry, fractions, and probability are also introduced. The students begin to learn the basics of multiplication and division. Students work in flexible groups which promote positive learning experiences. Hands-on activities and math manipulatives are an essential part of our daily learning in math.
The stories read by our students help them discover how their experiences and relationships give them better insight into themselves. They find that differences make each person special, just as the Lord planned. In reading, fiction, fantasy, nonfiction, plays, biographies, and personal narrative genres are taught. The skills emphasized in reading include fluency, comprehension, accuracy, vocabulary, sequencing story events, inference, drawing conclusions, and understanding the main idea. They also learn about story characters, setting, and plot. Key vocabulary words are also emphasized. Phonetic and spelling exercises include short and long vowels with connections to reading vocabulary. In language, students master declarative, interrogative, imperative, and exclamatory sentences, capitalization, punctuation, nouns, verbs, and adjectives. In writing, they learn how to write a personal narrative and a friendly letter.
Learning about God’s world keeps our students in constant surprise and wonder. Our students begin to relate how science, technology, and society influence one another. Students use investigation methods to gain knowledge of the world around them. They classify mammals, birds, fish, amphibians, and reptiles into their individual groups according to their particular characteristics. Our students discover the three states of matter (solids, liquids, and gases). The water cycle, as is it relates to weather, is explored. Other exciting topics in science are: light, heat, and sound; the solar system; motion and simple machines; rocks and soil; and a special unit on butterflies. In health, they study about proper nutrition, manners, and safety.
In social studies, our activities revolve around community awareness. Students draw maps of their community and neighborhood and become aware of the needs of a community. Our lessons focus on comparing and contrasting communities of today and communities in the past. The students explore the beginnings of the thirteen original colonies, and how the colonies changed and expanded. They also learn about special holidays- Columbus Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Martin Luther King Day, President’s Day, Easter, and Cinco de Mayo.
Second grade takes a wildly exciting field trip to the Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch during the year.