Second Grade Course of Study
Students will continue to study and apply parts of speech and grammar concepts introduced in first grade using the Shurley English curriculum. Students will learn to classify sentences by labeling parts of speech and word functions. This will enable students to become proficient writers who will be able to express their faith in God using the written language. Students demonstrate understanding of sentence structure and parts of speech through guided writing lessons from the Shurley curriculum as well as weekly writing in their journals.
Students will be introduced to quality literature to include narrative text as well as expository texts. As students become more fluent readers, they will make critical-thinking observations about the content of each text. Through balanced reading instruction, students will learn strategies enabling fluency improvement as well as comprehension. Through this lens of instruction students will be able to transfer each strategy into the reading of God's Word. Texts include: Flat Stanley, Mummies in the Morning, Mummies and Pyramids, The Boxcar Children, Eve of the Emperor Penguin, Penguins and Antarctica, Charlotte’s Web, and Little House in the Big Woods.
Using the Johnny Can Spell curricula, students will review the 70 phonograms learned in previous grades and apply the sounds and symbol combinations which will help with the students’ mastery of spelling. This curriculum benefits the students in learning how to spell, not just memorize.
Content mastery includes whole number concepts, value of coins, the fractional concept of “part of a whole,” whole number addition and subtraction, patterns and relationships, identifying geometric shapes, measurement, time, graphs, problem solving, and reasoning using the enVision Math curriculum.
Students will use the Foss curriculum to study insects and balance and motion as they see, touch, and experience God's creation. The Insects Module provides experiences that heighten students’ awareness of the diversity of animal forms. They come to know firsthand the life sequences of insects and plants. Through unit investigations, various insects are introduced, seeds are planted and students observe structures and behaviors, discuss their findings, and make inquiries. In addition, students complete an outside project on an assigned butterfly species, which accompanies the in class instruction on Butterflies.
In the Motion and Matter Module, students explore stable and unstable systems, using counter weighting to change the center of mass of the systems. They explore two classes of motion, spinning and rolling, first through trial and error, and later through systematic explorations. Students begin to develop a sense of variables which they control to produce desired outcomes.
Students also spend one unit learning about the habitat of Antarctica and the Arctic biome through a study of penguins. Students complete an outside research project on an assigned penguin species.
Students will explore God's Creation in the Garden of Eden through Egypt’s fall to Rome in 30 B.C. Teaching strategies include the use of songs, picture flashcards of events/people, projects, and games using The Old Testament and Ancient Egypt (Veritas Press) curriculum. Students can see God’s providence on a daily basis and will come to realize God’s faithfulness as they learn from the past.
The Story of God and His People, Calling of God’s Tribe (Christian Schools International), and the Positive Action Bible curriculum is aligned with the History curriculum, providing an excellent opportunity for cross-content learning. Scripture is covered from Genesis through Ruth, while reciting memory verses weekly aids in hiding God's word in our hearts. Students each have their own Christian Standard Bible.
Field trips are an essential part of the learning experience. Students participate in curriculum extensions allowing real world learning opportunities to formulate a Biblical worldview. Field trips include the Houston Museum of Natural History, the Railroad Museum in Temple, the Barrington Farms, and the Star of the Republic Museum at Washington on the Brazos just to name a few.
During once a week 30-minute sessions, students will begin keyboarding lessons through Typing Club. Students will create documents and presentations in Microsoft Word and practice computer navigation using www.abcya.com. Using Dash, Sphero Bolt and Indi Robots, our students will be introduced to coding and robotics. All students will learn Digital Citizenship throughout the year and practice applying Christian principles and a Biblical worldview in the digital world.
The goal of Visual Arts in the second grade art curriculum is to lay a firm foundation for the development of individual creative potential. Additionally, students will develop and sharpen observation and problem-solving skills through the exploration of a wide variety of art media with an emphasis on God’s elements of design, which include Line, Shape, Color, Value, Form, Texture, and Space. Also, students begin exploring the fine arts through the study of artists past and present and learn to apply design techniques to their own inspired artwork. Throughout the year each student will have opportunities to create a variety of both two-dimensional and three-dimensional art pieces.
Students explore the musical world by singing, playing instruments, creating, and listening. Movement and play are key elements of the child-centered curriculum informed by the philosophies and practices of Orff, Kodály, and Dalcroze. Keyword: synthesis. Students will sing in several programs throughout the year which include the Christmas play, Grandparents Day, In His Steps, and weekly in chapel.
Students will be introduced to many different authors and illustrators, while enjoying shared reading covering a variety of literary genres. Activities include Author visits, guest readers and a variety of school wide reading events.
Students will explore motor skills and movement patterns using an integrated curriculum. They will learn responsible personal and social behavior in a variety of physical activity settings. They will be provided frequent and diverse opportunities to engage in physical activities necessary to support a healthy mind and body. Students attend P.E. four times a week for 30 minutes each class. At least one day per week will be dedicated to our "Eagle Running Program," a self-paced activity specifically focused on improving cardiovascular fitness.
Grammar School students enjoy Chapel once a week in two sessions: PreK through second grades and third through sixth grades. In order to study and apply meaning, the yearly school-wide Scripture is divided into sections for each month. In Chapel, Grammar School worships in song, Scripture, and prayer, followed by a special speaker who teaches the specific passage in a developmentally appropriate way. Our speakers include local pastors, children’s ministers, youth leaders, Christian camp directors, parents, and BCS teachers, staff, and administrators. All would agree that Chapel is the favorite time of the week!
Students have the opportunity to learn socialization skills through play and free activities outdoors. Lunch recess occurs after students are dismissed after eating and generally is 10-15 minutes per day. In addition, students enjoy a 20-30 minute recess daily.