Welcome to 2nd grade at KCA!
As you can see, we like to have fun! Our 2nd grade curriculum is full of activity, which many special projects and activities throughout the year.
During 2nd grade, students have the opportunity to complete their first solo science fair project! Students work together with their families to ask a question and follow the scientific method to see if their hypothesis was correct. They present their project to the class during Lower School science fair week and are graded on their efforts.
Our lower school students all have the chance to perform in our annual Christmas Musicale, and enjoy planning and putting on a chapel in front of the other Lower School students. Additional performance opportunities may arise throughout the year.
Our 2nd graders enjoy several field trips to in-state attractions, and parents are always welcome to join in!
2nd Grade Academics
Bible time includes pledges, prayer, memory verses, songs, and the lesson for the week. Second grade students will learn and study Bible stories and characters in the Old and New Testaments. Spiritual applications are emphasized for every lesson. Character development is an integral part of the curriculum. It is our goal in this Christian school to lead children to a saving knowledge of Christ and to help them grow spiritually in the Lord. Text: Purposeful Design
Students continue to learn special sounds and reading rules using the A Beka Phonics system. Language concepts are also introduced and reviewed during phonics class. Text: A Beka phonics curriculum, Letters and Sounds workbook by A Beka
Second graders practice reading aloud with accuracy, appropriate expression, speed, volume, smoothness, poise, alertness to punctuation, and comprehension. Students learn to respond to story questions in complete sentences. The readers contain character-building stories, poems, folk tales, Bible passages, and biographies to build confidence and enthusiasm in reading. Text: A Beka readers
Creative Writing skills are practiced throughout the year to reinforce language concepts such as punctuation, capitalization, simple sentence structure, writing sentences using suggested words, titles, developing stories using assigned themes, and compiling a journal. Text: A Beka phonics curriculum, Language workbook by A Beka
Second graders are taught cursive letters and practice this skill by writing sentences, poems, verses, paragraphs, journal entries, and stories. Special attention is given to correct letter formation, size, slant, spacing, and neatness. Text: A Beka writing curriculum, Writing with Phonics workbook by A Beka
Second graders learn a variety of mathematical concepts such as place value, patterns, addition and subtraction facts, geometry and measurement, place value, time and money, fractions and measurement, two-digit addition with regrouping, two-digit subtraction with regrouping, and multiplication and division. Our curriculum gives glory to God, promotes absolute truth, encourages good work habits, and lays the foundation for higher mathematics.
Students’ interest in our country is stimulated through a study of the background of American history. Second graders learn about America our home, the people who built America, and tomorrow’s America. Students are also introduced to map skills. Text: Our America by A Beka
Students’ interest in science is stimulated through a study of the wonders of creation. Students enjoy studying about themselves, different plants and animals, the air around us, things that move, things that work together, stars and planets, and the planet Earth. Second graders will also learn the scientific method and complete a simple science fair project of their own choice on their own time in the third quarter. Text: Enjoying God’s World by A Beka
The purpose of our text is to instill within the students a desire to take care of the body God has given to them, to learn the basic facts of health and safety, and to be courteous at home, at school, and in the community. Text: Health, Safety, and Manners by A Beka
SPECIAL COURSES OFFERED EACH WEEK
Computer - The technology program is based on objectives in many different technology areas such as word processing, graphics, spreadsheets, data bases, internet research, multimedia, and desktop publishing. Grade appropriate in-class projects are assigned. (45 minutes per week)
Music - In second grade music the students engage in tasks such as using pitch and rhythm together with a variety of instruments to make music, practice and perform for an audience, and create original music. The many activities they will do include singing, movement, improvisation, reading, and classifying and playing musical instruments. Throughout the year each student will get a chance to play instruments such as the xylophone, glockenspiel, metallophone, drum, and many unpitched percussion instruments. Additionally, rehearsal takes place as students prepare for the Christmas musicale. (45 minutes per week)
Art - The goal in art is to enjoy the creative process while learning how the Elements of Art and Principles of Design play in creating a final production. A weekly Bible verse contains either the theme of the week or the art term for that week’s project. The last quarter of the year focuses on specific master artists and their style. All young artists learn that because they are created in God’s image, they have the ability to do art when they put forth the effort. This is also the one place where it is OK not to complete a project because process is more important than product. (45 minutes per week)
Physical Education - Students are taught good sportsmanship, body awareness (naming muscles, etc), and how the body moves. Manipulative skills are taught including rolling, catching, throwing, striking, kicking, trapping and dribbling. Both locomotor (walking, leaping, running) and non-locomoter skills (stretching, pushing, pulling) are introduced. Presidential Fitness testing is done with this grade level in the fall and spring. (45 minutes two times a week)
Library - Students focus on using library manners, taking proper care of books, and are introduced to the genres. Library time usually includes “reading” to the class, or using video and audio materials, and then individual book selections to take home for the week. (45 minutes per week)
Second graders have homework on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays. Students have a spelling list to work on for the week and a Bible verse to memorize for Fridays. Reading, phonics, math, and social studies or science assignments