Grade 2: Ages 6-7

In Grade 2 students learn homonyms, and review sentences, antonyms, synonyms, and contractions. Library skills are introduced. Students review nouns, verbs, pronouns, and adjectives, and learn a new part of speech: adverbs. By the end of second grade, students are diagramming simple two- and three-word sentences. Writing exercises focus on story writing, book reviews, and friendly letters.

In Handwriting 2 for Young Catholics children practice using Catholic words and sentences. They begin with a review of manuscript letters and are introduced to lowercase cursive letters at midyear. Students receive detailed step-by-step descriptions on how to form each letter properly.

Second graders work with beginning, medial, and final consonants, short and long vowels, double vowels, vowel digraphs, diphthongs, compound words, prefixes, and suffixes using Phonics 2 for Young Catholics.

Students improve reading fluency as they read stories, poems, and non-fiction selections from the Faith and Freedom series of Catholic readers:These Are Our Neighbors, This Is Our Parish, and A Book of Sanctity. Second graders use phonetic strategies to read orally with correct pronunciation and dramatic expression. They also demonstrate beginning skills in comprehension. Students begin book reviews this year, which consist of forms that the student fills out, identifying the title, author, setting, main characters, and main events of the book. Students conclude each review by giving an opinion of the book.

Spelling 2 for Young Catholics contains exercises, practice pages, and a short religious paragraph which utilizes the list words. Rhyme Time, ABC Order, and Sounds the Same exercises encourage writing the spelling words. Includes words with ch and sh; ow and oy, er, ir, ur, or. Students learn and review basic phonics and spelling rules.

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