Second Grade

Second Grade Overview


Literature                    
    The Story About Ping                
    Old Mother West Wind                
    Old Mother West Wind's Children                

Reading                    
    Development of the Mental Image                
    Development of Vocabulary                
    Phonics                
        Basic Vowel Chart            
        Understanding Word Structure            
    Reading Sentences                
        Rhythmic Reading            
        Answering Comprehension Questions
        Identification of the Keyword            
        Classification of the Keyword            
        Recalling the Story            
        Retelling the Story            

Language Arts                    
    Comprehension Techniques                
        Verb Forms            
            Who = Who        
            Who + Done to        
        Sentence Analysis            
        Reading for Understanding
    Grammar                
        Nouns            
        Verbs            
        Adjectives            
    Parts of the Sentence                
        Spelling Using Phonics                    
        Cursive Book I 

Art (Taught by a Specialist)
    Learning Fine Arts                
    Art Appreciation                

Physical Education (Taught by a Specialist)
    Motor Skill Development                
    Organized Games                
    Sportsmanship                
    Teamwork

Arithmetic                    
    Addition with Carrying                
    Subtraction with Repaying                
    Learning the Times Tables                
    Solving Word Problems                
        Addition Pattern            
        Subtraction Pattern            
        Number Needed Pattern            
        Multiplication Pattern            
    Introduction of Fractions                
    Time                
    Money                
    Measurement                

Science                    
    Science in Rhyme                
    Nature                
    Insects                
    Technology                    

History  
    Famous Americans                
    American Presidents                
    Geography                

French (Taught by a Specialist)  
    Vocabulary  

Music (Taught by a Specialist) 
    Vocal Singing                
    Rhythm                
    Christmas Program                

Poetry                    
    My First Poetry Book                
    Recitations              

Drama                    
    Spring Class Play


Mrs. Kidson


The next time you do your banking, you could be talking to a future teacher.  Mrs. Kidson’s 10 year career in the banking industry changed to education as soon as her children started school.  Education had always interested her.  Holding a BS from Cal Poly SLO, Mrs. Kidson holds her Multiple Subject Teaching Credential as well as Single Subject Credential in Home Economics. 

While many students come into second grade as fluent readers, second grade is when reading really takes off.  “It’s always rewarding when a student applies the Carden controls to reading and spelling and sees for himself what wonderful tools he has,” says Kidson.  Mrs. Kidson’s hope for her students when they leave her is that they leave with a love of reading, a mastery of math facts, an interest in how things work in the world around them, and caring and compassion for their classmates. 

What does Mrs. Kidson love most about Howard School?  “The Howard School is a place of joy!  You see it expressed throughout the grade levels and between all the students, teachers and parents. It’s refreshing to see an Eighth Grader initiate interaction with a Kindergartener.  It is a family atmosphere and all the teachers know all the children.”