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Second Grade at Forest Path Academy

The Second Grade program meets 3 days a week, Tues/Thurs 9:15-3:15 and Wed 9:15-2:00 pm. You may choose to attend Tues/Thurs only as well.


These grades are combined with 3rd for some subjects such as history, science, art, and Spanish; but are separated for language arts and math classes based on their reading level.


All students are placed in Math and Phonics/Literature classes based on their reading and math ability level. For other classes, they are grouped with their age level. The science and history in this age level are suitable for more advanced readers as well as emergent readers.


Phonics-Advancing Readers:

This class is designed for average second grade readers. Student should be able to read simple words such as “cat” “dog” and “snack” as listed in the first grade. In addition, students should be able to read and decode more complicated words such as silent e words, multi-syllable words, and some “vowel team” words including words ending in y, suffix –ed, and others. Students will be evaluated the first week of class to determine reading placement.

We offer a strong phonics program based on Orton Gillingham methodology. We use primarily Saxon Phonics 2 as their main curriculum but supplement with other programs including All About Spelling / All About Reading and Explode the Code


Literature:

We’ll start the year with classic stories such as Little Bear and The Velveteen Rabbit.

Second Grade students will also begin reading longer and more challenging works including the Magic Tree house series, Jenny and the Cat Club, My Father’s Dragon, Junie B Jones, Flat Stanley, and other favorites.


Math:

Our core workbook will be the Saxon math, but we supplement with other curricula. Students will be working on borrowing and carrying as well as beginning multiplication in the 2nd grade curriculum as well as other areas of study. We utilize both Math Centers with manipulatives and traditional worksheets.


Science: Chemistry

Chemistry can be  defined as the study of matter and energy and the interactions between them.  In this class, children will learn important facts about the universe through exploration, experimentation, and fun!     We will begin with an overview of  fundamentals  such as molecules and atoms and the phases of matter.  Once these basics are  covered, we'll explore different topics each week through fun and hands-on experiments.  Children will be encouraged to make hypothesis  based on what they have learned.


History: Ancient Civilizations

Young archaeologists will uncover clues as to what life was like in Ancient Mesopotamia through hands-on activities including making bricks for our city, writing on clay tablets, and making up hero stories inspired by Gilgamesh.  Next, children move on to Egypt where they will write in hieroglyphics, mummify a Barbie doll, play ancient games, build a model pyramid and more. Finally we will study life in Ancient Greece and Rome. Hands-on activities including model making and crafts will be used as well as some cooperative group activities, research, and presentation.  Weekly assignments and projects will be assigned. This class will include study of classic Greek and Roman literature.


Adventures in Art

The children will be introduced to and explore different techniques, mediums, materials, and a wide range of experiences, resulting in open-ended outcomes. Studies of artists, illustrators, and seasonal fun will also be included. The activities in this class will help foster a lifelong love of art and the creative process


Music: Recorder Ensemble and Rhythm Band

This hands-on class introduces children to the basics of rhythm, note reading, meter, and other musical concepts. We’ll explore composers such as Tchaikovsky and Bach, and themes such as folk music, ballet and jazz, and try out some dancing along the way. Children will gain experience in various instrument ensembles and play recorder and percussion instruments


Spanish

Our Spanish Enrichment classes will introduce the Spanish language and Latin American/Spanish cultures in a “fun” atmosphere. There will be a variety of activities including flashcards, videos, games, and songs. We will build on our previous instruction and start learning additional grammar and vocabulary . The skill level taught will vary with the age of the student. Our goal will be to build a strong language foundation while having lots of fun!