Second grade continues to build on the foundational skills in reading, writing, spelling, grammar, and math. The study of grammar is extended using Shurley English, and students work on developing their composition skills using copywork and dictation. Students continue to practice phonograms and learn spelling rules using Spell to Write and Read (a curriculum based on the Spaulding method), and work on adding and subtracting double digit numbers and learning basic multiplication and division using Singaporemath.

Second graders also read books such as Charlotte’s Web, Little House in the Big Woods, Mr. Popper’s Penguins, and Runaway Ralph. They study medieval history using Story of the World (volume 2), and study human anatomy in science.

By the end of second grade, and student will:
  • be able to spell accurately, and write neatly in cursive, the 800 most commonly used words in the English language;
  • recite the Shurley English jingles for nouns, verbs, sentences, adverbs, adjectives, prepositions, and pronouns, and use them to identify parts of speech in a sentence;
  • add, subtract, multiply, and divide, using bar models; measure length, mass, and volume in metric units; tell time; recognize bills and coins;
  • be able to write a paragraph;
  • be able to read and understand literature’s plot, main characters, and setting;
  • recite Psalm 103 and 121, plus additional memory verses and the books of the New Testament;
  • recall main characters and stories of the New Testament;
  • and recite a timeline of thirty key historical figures and events in medieval history.