What to Expect in 2nd
“Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.” Mark 10:14
Bible: Students read the Bible, focusing on Genesis and Exodus, and discuss people and their struggles and triumphs. They memorize multiple Bible verses and practice them frequently. Students also learn Red Star scripture passages and recite them for memory.
History: Our study of history begins with Creation and continues to the fall of Egypt using a variety of materials including the Bible, Story of the World, topical books, and history cards.
Reading: Students read novels such as The Courage of Sarah Noble, No Longer a Nobody, and The Drinking Gourd. They also study Little House in the Big Woods. Tut’s Mummy and Mummies Unwrapped will be read to support the study of Egypt in history and continue to learn good comprehension strategies.
Language/Writing: Students review pre-cursive penmanship; learn cursive penmanship; review phonics; practice spelling; learn grammar jingles; write, label, and classify sentences; and continue to use the writing process to develop as writers.
Science: We focus on God’s creatures, with units on animals, dinosaurs/fossils, and bones/ muscles. Students practice observation and classification. They also study solids and liquids.
Math: Students use concrete and pictorial models to create a set with up to 1,000 objects. They learn to use <, >, and = to compare whole numbers and base-ten models and place-value charts. Students compose and decompose multi-digit numbers and connect geometric concepts with fractions. Students add and subtract three-digit numbers with and without regrouping and using mental math strategies. Students use bar models to represent multiplication and division.
Music: Students participate in singing and movement to learn the fundamentals of music, study composers and different styles of music, and perform in school programs.
Spanish: Students learn practical and age-appropriate Spanish. They participate in Spanish prayer and study Spanish-speaking countries and their cultures.
Art: Students study various artists and different cultures, as well as the elements of art and principles of design while exploring different types of media and techniques to create their artwork. Students’ understanding of Egyptian civilization in 2nd grade will be enriched through the study of Egyptian art.
Technology: Our portable Chromebook cart travels to each classroom weekly. The teachers create projects that integrate technology into the classroom curriculum. Students learn developmentally appropriate keyboarding and computer skills, Internet navigation and safety, and how to identify trusted and reliable websites.
Physical Education: Students have P.E. two times per week. They learn the basics of a myriad of sports and engage in activities that promote character and being a team player.
Library: Students visit the library weekly.
Chapel: Our vision is to transform new generations of students who use their minds, hearts, hands, and feet to be culture makers for Jesus Christ. We focus on developing winsome Christian character and strong biblical knowledge.
Recess: Students have daily outdoor recess.
Makerspace: Makerspace encourages children to use their imaginations along with aspects of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) to invent, produce, craft, and construct, in order to create things and develop problem-solving skills.
Special events may include Egyptian Day and “An Evening of Truth, Beauty, and Goodness,” an annual Hill Country fine arts event.
Students participate in several service projects, including a Baby Shower for Jesus, where gifts are given to the Agape Pregnancy Center, and Easter clean-up, where students do cleaning projects around the school facilities.
Our field studies enrich the curriculum and may include visiting the Austin Aquarium and Pioneer Farms.