2nd Grade: Ten Things Your Child Should Know (an Excerpt)
Ten Things Your Child Should Know: 2nd Grade provides a list of important skills your child may learn in 2nd grade.
Have you ever wondered if your child was learning important skills in school?
Well, Ten Things Your Child Should Know may be able to help.
What if you had a set of questions you could ask yourself or a list of skills (based on real-life practical needs) that you could refer to, in order to help you manage your child's education?
Reading and Writing
- My child attempts to sound out words he or she is unable to directly pronounce.
- My child practices breaking words into their smaller parts (or syllables) in order to help pronounce them.
- My child is able to find words in a dictionary and to alphabetize words to the second letter. (For example, your child is able to find the word “apple” in the dictionary, and if asked to put the words “acorn,” “alive,” “brook,” and “boat” in alphabetical order, your child is able to do so.)
- My child generally understands what he or she reads and is able to recall details from stories. (If after reading a story your child is able to respond to or answer the questions below, it is a good indication that he understood what he read): Who was the main character(s)? What was the main problem or plot in the story? Name two things that happened in the story. How was the problem in the story solved? What did you think of the story?
- My child is able to follow directions given in homework assignments and to complete tasks as outlined in directions. For example, directions for a homework assignment might read, “Circle every noun and underline each verb in the sentences listed below.” Does your child follow the instructions or does he or she simply underline each noun and verb in every sentence?
- My child can recognize and is familiar with common prefixes like “un”—“undo” and common suffixes like “ful”—“thankful.”
- My child understands the meanings of, and can write, common contractions such as “isn’t = is not,” “don’t = do not,” and “can’t = can not.”
- My child knows what nouns and verbs are and can recognize them in sentences.
- My child can write a story that has a clear beginning, a main idea, and details to support the main idea.
- My child uses correct punctuation when writing and tries to check his or her work for errors.
The chapters in this book are:
Ch. 1: Second-Grade Math
Ch. 2: Second-Grade Mathematical Skills
Ch. 3: Mathematical Activities
Ch. 4: Reading and Writing in Second Grade
Ch. 5: Second-Grade Reading and Writing Skills
Ch. 6: Reading and Writing Activities
Ch. 7: Parent/Teacher Conferences
Ch. 8: Education Success Stories: Carter G. Woodson