Second grade at Our Lady of Lourdes is action packed. New discoveries will be made while reinforcing and expanding skills taught in first grade.
Students are taught the precepts of Catholicism. The belief in God, His Son and the Holy Spirit is taught. In addition, students are instructed in the Sacraments of Reconciliation and the Eucharist, in the elements of the Mass, as well as, the liturgical calendar to include Advent, Christmas, Lent and Easter. Students attend Mass weekly on Wednesday mornings at 8:15, on Holy Days of Obligation and special Feast days.
Much time is spent in teaching students to read fluently. Spelling, phonics, grammar and writing are integrated throughout the reading program. Manuscript review and cursive is taught within the handwriting curriculum.
Concepts include basic addition and subtraction facts through 18, numbers through 1000, addition and subtraction of two-digit numbers, time, money, fractions, geometry, place value, thinking skills, and simple multiplication and division.
Study the characteristics of living things, energy and motion, changes over time, solids, liquids, and gases. In addition, themes such as “what makes me sick” and how living things interact are also explored.
Skills such as interpretation of maps, charts and timelines are introduced. Students continue to explore the social sciences through basic exploration of geography, economics, government, and history.
Students have morning and lunch recesses. Students in the second grade have approximately 20 minutes of homework every day. In addition, daily practice of math facts and reading is essential for reinforcement.
Second grade students receive instruction in Spanish, Art, Music, and Physical Education. They also visit the media center as well as the computer lab.
Students are exposed to basic elements of drawing through shapes and colors.
Students explore elements of Music such as rhythm response, rhythm patterns and notations, melodic direction, song selection and playing instruments.
Students spend time in the Media Center through conducting basic concepts of titles, authors, and subjects. Students can check out books appropriate to their age level.
Students learn basic elements of physical fitness such as running, jumping, stretching and gross motor skills through eye hand coordination.
Student learn elements of conversation through greetings, salutations, colors, numbers, music, dance, and basic vocabulary. Directions, physical descriptions and family members are also taught.
The purpose of the technology laboratory is to integrate the use of technology with the curriculum. In that light, students spend their “lab time” with the assistance of their classroom teacher. Basic elements of word processing, and simple publishing are explored.