The Language Arts Department seeks to teach student to “Think as well as read…Yield not your minds to the passive impressions which others may make upon them. Hear what they have to say; but examine it, weigh it, and judge it for yourselves.” – Tryon Edwards, 1809-1894.
This all inclusive curriculum focuses on phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and text comprehension. The second grade curricula has two basal readers and each reader is divided into three themes. Students also use workbooks, decodables, and leveled readers that go along with each week’s lessons.
Writing is extended with Daily 6-Trait Writing, Evan-Moor c. 2008
Handwriting, 2C, Zaner-Bloser, c. 2003
Primary Mathematics Standards Edition 2A & 2B, Singapore Math, Marshall Cavendish Education, c. 2008.
By placing us in time and space, God has limited us to the finite and measurable and set Himself apart. We see order in every area. The language and skills of mathematics build our understanding of this order, its patterns, precision and constancy.
Singapore Math offers a broad background in mathematics, offering multiple experiences which are designed to equip students with a strong foundation in mathematics. Topics are covered in depth and taught to mastery. Emphasis is placed on mathematical thinking by requiring immediate application of new skills to problem solving promoting an understanding of the way mathematical processes work.
Purposeful Design, Science, Level 2, ACSI/Purposeful Design Publications, c. 2005.
Science is essentially the study of God’s creation and his natural and physical laws through observation and experimentation. Scientific findings do not conflict with Scripture, though scientific hypotheses and theories often do, as a result of man’s lack of understanding and sinful nature. Our classes afford students the opportunity to evaluate current data and theories in the light of Scripture.
Second grade science includes units on dinosaurs, vertebrates and invertebrates, the human body, energy, heat, weather, and ocean animals. There is an emphasis on hands-on projects, experiments, research and written reports, making replicas, and field trips related to the topic.
Our America, Grade 2, A Beka Book, c. 2006
NCA is committed to discipling students in a Christian worldview perspective of history. History is that glass in which we see the motives, ideas and deeds of men and by which we discern truth from error, good from bad and beauty from distortion. These classes provide an important forum for students to consider God’s sovereignty over relationships, from the family unit to local communities to the development of nations and world civilizations.
The Second Grade learns about the American flag, Patriotic Holidays and Songs. Other units include Native Americans, Holidays in different lands, Black History, Colonial Times, and Pioneers. Students compare and contrast the different time periods. They begin to appreciate the sacrifices and persistence of others in making our country what it is today and to thank God for the many freedoms we enjoy today.
Walking with God and His People, Christian Schools International, c. 2009
The Bible classes support our desire to disciple each student toward a Passion for God and Compassion for People. Relationship and knowledge of God are developed through study of Scripture and through personal and corporate times of worship. As students examine the Scriptures, they are prepared to make an informed commitment to Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord and to live out that commitment in love, obedience, and service.
This text encourages students to seek a faith that involves knowledge/wisdom (head), conviction/ choosing (heart), and living/serving (hands). Our class begins the year talking about what the Christian life should look like. Then, after an overview of the Old Testament, we study inter-testamentary times. The second semester focuses on the birth and ministry of Jesus, his miracles and parables, and Jesus’ last week on Earth culminating in the Resurrection and Ascension. The class finishes with a study of the early church, Paul’s missionary journeys and finally, Christ’s
Curriculum is varied.
Music Makers, Young Musicians, LifeWay, Children’s Music Series- updated yearly
The Music Effect 1 & 2, Alfred, 2005
The purpose of the Music curriculum is first to glorify our Lord. Students are exposed to music as worship in singing, listening, responding, moving and playing instruments. Our goals include learning to enjoy all musical forms, to become listeners and performers, to develop self- discipline, to encourage participation and develop socially, to acquaint with other cultures and historical periods, and to build community within the Body of Christ. (Adapted from Heather Greenwood, “Why include Music in the Christian School Curriculum?” Nurture (Australia), Autumn, 1981)
Weekly elementary music classes build musical concepts and opportunities for musical expression through the years. All elements of music are introduced and developed at grade appropriate levels. Students in grades 3-5 also meet for choir once a week, culminating in a spring musical.
The Elementary Grade Art Curriculum is designed to provide students opportunity for artistic expression in a wide variety of media – paint, craypas, clay, papier-mâché, markers, watercolor, origami and construction paper, colored pencil, assemblage materials, and yarn – creating 2-D and 3-D pieces of art. Eye training exercises and focus on growth in art vocabulary, concepts, and skills complete the program. Grades K through 5 meet for 50 minutes once a week, and K-4 meets for 25 minutes.
Students in Grade Two attend Physical Education classes twice weekly with a certified PE instructor working with National Standards.