The Superkids for Grade 2 curriculum rapidly reviews all of the phonics and spelling skills taught at Superkids for Grade 1. The goal at this level is for the students to master the essential skills so that they become confident, automatic decoders and spellers. The students continue to develop and apply their comprehension skills to a wide variety of authentic fiction and nonfiction literature including a selection a classical literature such as The Littles, Mr. Popper’s Penguins and Little House in the Big Woods. Cursive handwriting is no longer taught in most public schools; however, handwriting and cursive writing is a key to overall literacy development. It is more than just a fine motor skill. It provides a foundation for skills and critical thinking that crucial for reading, writing, language acquisition and mathematics. The Zaner-Bloser approach scaffolds appropriately to the Superkids program. It teaches the students the motor skills to form the letters and numerals correctly, and many of the practice exercises of famous quotes, proverbs and poems. Students will begin learning cursive writing in the second semester of Grade 2.
Students in the Second Grade at CCS will be taught the 6 + 1 Writing Traits, an internationally renowned program developed by educator, Ruth Culham. This methodology breaks the writing process down into the seven traits used by an effective writer: ideas, organization, voice, word choice, sentence fluency, conventions, and presentation. Instruction is based on the appropriate developmental abilities of young writers. Writing prompts are created by the teacher and are woven into the Bible, Science, Literature, and Social Studies units being taught in the classroom. Thus, writing becomes an integral part of how a student responds to his or her every-day learning.
Beginning in second grade, students will learn history chronologically. Using the Veritas curriculum, the students will begin their study with the Old Testament period and continue through the Egyptian era. This approach has proven to be a beneficial and valuable strategy for many children. By memorizing names, dates, places and events, children gain a valuable tool for understanding how God is working today and what He has done during many past events. Learning how to develop a chronological sequence or time line of history is a crucial part of anyone’s education. Additionally, this classical methodology of memorizing the historical information which is presented in a variety of ways makes the memory work both retainable and enjoyable. They learn to appreciate the significance of works of art and ethnic celebrations in their study of culture. They will also learn how physical characteristics of places affect humans. The use of maps and globes is the focus of their study of geography. Classical literature, such as The Egyptian Cinderella, Senefer: A young Genius in Old Egypt, Tut’s Mummy: Lost and Found, and The Mystery of the Ancient Pyramid bring these time periods to life as the students read and study these great works of fiction. Critical thinking skills, problem solving, and decision-making skills are emphasized throughout the social studies curriculum.
In second grade our curriculum continues with the Saxon Math 2 where the student is provided with a rigorous program to learn new concepts and to review their old concepts as well. The Saxon Math curriculum expects higher levels of accomplishment at every grade level incorporating features that help make mathematics accessible to all students. In second grade, students will learn multiplication and division, linear measures, area, decimals, and geometry. A variety of math strategies are taught to help students solve word problems.
In Earth Science and Astronomy for the Grammar Stage, the students will use their student workbook as a tool to create a lasting memory of their study for the year. Students will learn several types of scientific investigations processes. Ongoing projects are designed to be done over several weeks. For earth science, students will be making their own models of the planet Earth, recording the weather, making a volcano and much more. For astronomy, students will construct a map of the solar system, keep a journal of what they see in the night sky and keep a moon diary and other projects. The students will to develop their understanding of the scientific method and how a scientific test works by performing experiments, making observations then writing up the experimental process.
Second grade will begin their Bible studies with the beginning of time in Genesis and up through the end of Joshua’s life. Students will learn about Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and his twelve sons. There will be projects and memory verses to help reinforce their lessons as they study the saints of old who are led by God through the Red Sea on dry land and then provided for as they make their way to the Promised Land.