Education for Second Grade
We are serious about curriculum at Fredericksburg Christian School! If we are to stay focused on our mission of training the next generation of Christian leaders, it is vital that we offer them the best academic program possible in keeping with God’s excellent character and expectations. This curriculum guide is intended to provide an overview of the program at each grade level in order for you to understand what students are taught each year at FCS.
As part of our partnership with parents, we desire for you to be informed and involved in your child’s education. We hope that this information is helpful. You are encouraged to talk with the school’s principal or a teacher of a particular grade level for more information.
Biblical worldview integration is an important component of the curriculum at FCS. Our desire is for students to view every subject area as a way to better know the character of God and learn more about His creation, mankind, moral order and purpose for our lives. Both Christian and secular textbooks are used to develop students in a biblical worldview and teach them wisdom, discernment and critical thinking in all things. Ultimately, the quality of our curriculum rests in the skillful hands of teachers and is an outgrowth of their commitment to Christian education and excellence in academics. Areas of study include:
Language Arts – Language arts is a foundational subject area, and we commit considerable time and attention to it on a daily basis. A review of phonics as a key to sounding out and reading words is completed in second grade. Students practice reading skills in small groups throughout the year, and vocabulary-building and comprehension skills are integrated throughout the program. Novels are read during the year and used to teach foundational literary concepts. In English, students thoroughly study the structure of sentences, including parts of speech, types of sentences, vocabulary, grammar, usage and mechanics. Opportunities are given regularly for students to write about a variety of topics and experience the complete writing process. Spelling words are learned on a weekly basis, and students are given the opportunity to participate in the ACSI Spelling Bee every year. Handwriting, manuscript and cursive, is also taught and emphasized daily.
Social Studies – Throughout the year students continue a chronological study of American history from 1607 to 1776 including everything from American colonies to the Revolutionary War.
Science – The basic principles of the scientific method are illustrated during the year. Second graders specifically study several topics including insects; rainforests; personal health and nutrition; gravity, force, and friction; solar system and Arctic regions.
Mathematics – Second grade emphasis is placed in several key strands: numbers and operations, measurement, geometry, patterns, algebra and functions, fractions and decimals, mathematical reasoning, problem solving and money.
Physical Education – In Physical Education class, offered twice each week, students learn to appreciate the abilities of the human body and are taught the importance of caring for their bodies. Students also learn and practice skills in a variety of team, individual and lifetime sports.
Fine Arts – Music and art are held once a week as a way to explore foundational elements of each unique art. Music develops rhythm, melody, tone, style and harmony. Art works to progress students in line, shape, space, texture and color.
Library Class – Students attend weekly library class where they develop in literary topics such as the parts of a book, authors and illustrators, listening skills, genres, research skills and overall literature appreciation. It also provides them the opportunity to expand their knowledge of the library and gain responsibility through returning and checking out books.
Computer – Students receive training in hardware and technology basics, digital citizenship, research skills, word processing and presentation application. They explore various venues that are available to create digital projects and the methods they practice are used the classroom to enhance the learning of curriculum. They train and practice using digital resources safely, ethically, and morally to impact our world for Jesus Christ.
Field Trips and Special Events – Field trips and special events are also a major part of our curriculum and are coordinated with the current curriculum units. These include a zoo field trip, ACSI Spelling Bee, Visual Arts Festival, Colonial activities, Field Day, Wakefield field trip, and Grandparents’ and Special Friends’ Day.
A Christian Education in Second Grade
We are committed to the study of God’s Word in all our subjects and its application to our lives as the foundation for living a joyful, victorious Christian life. Daily Bible class is an essential part of spiritual development at FCS. We ultimately desire that every student discovers and strengthens a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and develops a biblical worldview.
Students read and study the Bible, sing Bible songs, memorize Scripture verses and discuss Christian character and missions.
Topics studied during Bible class include:
- Life of Paul
- Life of Christ
- Study of Prayer
- Books of the Bible
All parents are welcome to attend our chapels for worship and sharing about God’s Word and its application to our lives.
Learn more about our Second Grade program at Fredericksburg Christian School
Ready to learn more about Fredericksburg Christian School and their second grade program? If you’re looking to introduce your student to a bible based education, we believe this is the place for you. Give us a call at (540) 373-5355 to learn more.