Second Grade Overview
The second grade is a time to reinforce all those beginning concepts and build on the many things that were presented in the first grade year.  It is a wonderful year of maturing and further development.  It is such a joy to watch these young minds grow.
Each school day the main focus is on God’s Word and what He has to teach us.  Our Christian Schools International (CSI) curriculum covers from creation to the early church. Each lesson has key verses that students look up and read together.  As a school we have quarterly memory work which is recited at both fall and spring concerts. We also participate in monthly elementary chapel services.
Language Arts
A large portion of each morning is spent learning to read using our Bob Jones reading program.  It is a phonetic based instruction. Worktext sheets go along with each story/lesson and develop phonetic skills as well as comprehension and vocabulary.  The readers contain biographies, poems, plays, fables, historical and realistic fiction, non-fiction and folk tales. We want to instill a lifelong love for reading. 
In spelling the second graders use the Abeka workbook to become more proficient spellers. They practice by learning sound-letter relationships, employing the phonetic principles of our language. There are helps for visual learners as well as exercises in learning the meaning of words and how to use them in sentences.  A spelling list is given weekly and students are tested at the end of the week.
We use the Bob Jones English text for second grade. It includes grammar, and writing chapters alternately. Parts of speech, punctuation, and creative writing are systematically taught. Students are taught how to use a thesaurus, to write different kinds of poetry, and study and reference skills. 
Second graders continue to practice the cursive alphabet. Workbook pages are developed around interesting themes, sayings, poems, and verses.
Oral Interpretation
In the spring the elementary students participate in a speech festival.  The second grade students each give a poem for their festival piece.
Abeka math is the backbone of our math lessons.  It provides the students instruction in addition, subtraction, place value, money, time, graphing, measurement, and geometry.  The students master the memorization of math facts with sums 0-18.  Students also are introduced to multiplication and division near the end of the year. Once a week students have math centers where they conduct hands on math activities.
Our science curriculum is produced by CSI (Christian Schools International). It is a Bible based curriculum used to teach not only scientific literacy, but also knowledge about our creative God.  The content covered in the second grade consists of the following: Scientific Investigations, Investigating Bones and Muscles, Investigating Health and Safety, Investigating Animals, Investigating Liquids and Solids, Investigating Position and Motion, Investigating Buoyancy and Boats. 
Heritage Studies
Heritage Studies 2, “Winning America and Working Together in the Colonies”, stimulates each student’s interest in our country’s history through a study of important historical figures, events, and places of interest in the United States and the world.  Specifically, MVCA second graders learn how the people lived in the first American colonies, how they celebrated special days, and how they fought to make America a new, free country.  Each month the students also receive a copy of God’s World News.  It provides current news and interesting information for children - biblically, appropriately, and vibrantly - so they can grow in their understanding that God has the whole world in His hands.
MVCA uses an art curriculum called Meet the Masters.  This program provides interactive, multi-media art education introducing students to such artists as Monet, Picasso, and Van Gogh with a total of 35 master artists studied by the 6th grade.  Besides Meet the Masters students get the opportunity each week to enjoy creating their own original projects.
Formal computer instruction in the computer lab is scheduled twice a week. Students will develop skills on both laptops (Windows) and iPads (iOS).  MVCA utilizes an on-line computer curriculum designed to teach students essential grade-appropriate digital literacy skills.
Music instruction with a music teacher is scheduled twice each week.  The children are involved in two programs throughout the year including a Christmas musical and spring program.  MVCA students enjoy the Growing in Grace music curriculum.  Growing in Grace is age appropriate, thematic, and interactive.  With understandable texts, singable melodies, and interesting accompaniments, Growing in Grace helps each MVCA student develop his or her natural singing skills, increase in musical knowledge, and grow spiritually.
Physical Education
Physical education instruction with a teacher is scheduled twice each week.
Second grade students visit the MVCA library weekly.  Students listen to a story and then have the chance to check out books.  MVCA utilizes an on-line library system to track books and parents are able to use this same system from home.
Special Events

Second grade students take two scheduled field trips each year.  In the fall the whole school visits the Washington Pavilion in Sioux Falls.  During the final month of school the second grade students travel to either Sioux City, IA or Brookings, SD.  In Sioux City they visit the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center and the Sergeant Floyd Riverboat Museum. Brookings is home to the very interactive Children’s Museum of South Dakota.  Additional field trips that coincide with the second grade curriculum are taken throughout the school year.  Guest speakers are invited into the classroom to share their expertise as it relates to the second grade curriculum.  Other special events include Count Down to Christmas, Bookworm Contest in the spring, Math Facts Contest in April, Free Bike Helmet and Safety Assembly, and Field Day in May.

Note:  To adequately provide in-depth and complete knowledge of Bible, science, and heritage studies, these curriculums are alternated each year.  Meaning, the first grade curriculum will be used for instruction while the second grade curriculum is utilized the following year and vice versa.  By the end of the second grade students will have a solid, comprehensive, and enriched understanding of first and second grade content.     

  May 2018  
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