The first month of 2016 flew by like lightning! The second grade stars were introduced to new concepts and built upon old ones. They learned about God, themselves, their friends, and our community.
In Religion, the students learned about the Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation. They learned that when we examine our conscience we see what we, as humans, have done right or wrong. Then when we confess our sins and pray the Act of Contrition, that we are apologizing and promising to God that we will do better. The priest helps us to communicate with God and absolves our sins.
In Language Arts, the students have been learning about the difference of non fiction and fiction. We've also learned about singular and plural possessive nouns and how to write them properly in a sentence. The second graders wrote about their resolutions for the year, in hopes of being a better version of themselves. They have also begun to write opinion pieces and support their thoughts with interesting facts.
Math has been loads of fun. We've been adding two digit numbers without and with regrouping. Students understand that when there are more than 9 units in the ones place, they must regroup and make those into one or more groups of ten.
In Social Studies, the stars have been learning about the three branches of government at the city, state, and national level. They understand that as citizens of the US, we have freedoms and rights. There are laws that must be voted and agreed upon and that these laws help keep all citizens safe. Judges and leaders helps to make sure that these laws are fair and that people are living by these laws.
In Science, the students have begun learning about matter. Students will be working with Ms. Guithere on a whole class science experiment involving bubbles!
Also in January, we have been focusing on what it means to be a good friend and how understanding ourselves helps us to understand our friends better, too. We've also focused on how to solve problems that come up between friends by following the ABCs of Problem Solving. This month, the second graders also wrote letters to our 6th grade buddies, as they spent a fun-filled week at science camp.
We celebrated the 100th day of school by presenting a collection of 100 things, thinking about the number 100, having a friendly competition to see who could come up with the most equations that equal 100, and sharing a delicious mix of 100 pieces of snack. We also said goodbye to our dear friend Amanda. We hope she has a great time and makes lots of new friends at her new school.
Here's looking to February!