The Grade 2 Program consists of nine sequential modules (outlined in more detail below). Each module follows the same basic structure of one, two or three sets, each set containing five sections of lessons. Mathematics is a separate program consisting of 30 papers.
For students with computer access, keyboarding programs, CD’s, and online activities are available.
Module 1—The Spider’s Web
The first module of Grade 2 provides your child with the opportunity to hear and read about spiders and study their webs, enemies, and life cycles. He or she will also learn about various kinds of spiders and where they can be found throughout the world. Your child is asked to research one of these kinds of spider and make a short report. Daily routines are established and your child will work on a variety of language skills that include phonics, printing and reading.
Module 2—Our World, Our Country
This module is the first of two modules that include a study of Canada. In this module, your child will learn to read and make maps and learn about the world’s continents and oceans. He or she will also study the relationship between location and climate and look at how Canadian animals adapt to the various climates in Canada. Your child will begin a formal spelling program and will read a selection of informative articles and short stories.
Module 3—A Country Called Canada
This module has a multicultural theme in both the reading literature and in the study of Canadians. As part of the study of Canada and Canadians, your child will develop a family tree and compile a family history booklet. The lessons in this module also provide your child with an opportunity to observe and experiment while studying liquids and solids, air, and water. A computer keyboarding program is also introduced in this module.
Module 4—Poet’s Corner
This short module involves your child in the reading and writing of poetry. He or she will have the opportunity to read and appreciate good poetry and will learn to use shape, rhyme, and descriptive language to paint pictures in his or her own poetry. Your child will also learn a variety of painting methods so that he or she can also express him or herself through art. To make this module a comprehensive fine arts experience, your child will learn more about music and will be introduced to the instruments of the orchestra.
Module 5—Tales Old and New
It’s always fun to read old familiar stories. As the title indicates, your child will read a wide variety of old and new tales from all over the world. Your child will compare versions of the same tale and will learn how to write an original tale of his or her own. Reading and language skill development are an important part of this module.
Module 6—Blasts and Rumbles
Here’s an opportunity for your child to play with rocks. Perhaps he or she would rather find out what’s inside a volcano or build his or her own volcano. This module has it all. Your child will classify rocks, investigate volcanoes, and find out what causes earthquakes. Your child will put his or her reading and language skills to work as he or she reads and writes about rocks, volcanoes and earthquakes. Throughout the module there will be opportunities for your child to experiment and build models as well as find out about being prepared for earthquakes.
Module 7—The Great Detective
In this module your child will read and enjoy two Nate the Great mystery novels. He or she will also work on a variety of activities that make up the novel study. Your child will learn some crime science sleuthing tips and help solve a mystery to become a Great Detective!
Module 8—Flying Things
Has your child ever wondered how things fly? In this module your child will find out. Through reading and experimentation, your child will learn about the properties of air and the aerodynamics of flight. Your child will also find out about flying in a hot air balloon as he or she reads a book called Hot Air Henry. This module will provide many opportunities for your child to create his or her own flying things.
Module 9—How Does Your Garden Grow?
Welcome to the wonderful world of plants! This final module introduces your child to the study of soil and plants. Through many hands on activities, your child will learn about the parts of a plant, needs of plants, and the uses of plants. He or she will find out what soil is made of, compare soil samples, and what creatures live in the soil along with plants. He or she will find plant information on the Internet and use e-mail to transmit information. Your child may even be able to watch his or her garden grow.
Grade 2 Mathematics
This course consists of three blocks. Each block contains 10 papers which will take about 5 days each to complete. Students send in assignments when a paper is complete.