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Second Grade

Our Second Grade Curriculum

With our smaller class size, our dedicated staff is able to provide not only an accelerated curriculum for our students, but also a more individualized instruction that benefits students who need additional help and support in an academic area.

At Carden Academy, we consider nothing more important than to help each child learn and grow at their best pace. We have constructed our second grade program with the aim of benefiting all of our students. Our small second grade classes allow each instructor to focus closely on meeting every student’s individual needs, while also offering more advanced curriculum, which will put every student at the head of the curve as they progress through their academic journey.

When you choose Carden Academy of Whittier, you ensure that  your child will be exposed to a wide and varied curriculum, filled with all of the skill-sets necessary to help guide their development thoroughly. We offer instruction in physical education, music, foreign languages, art, and advanced academic programs such as STEM. We believe a child’s development is not just cognitive, but also social, creative, physical and more. 


Schedule a tour to learn more about our Second Grade program!

Second Grade Objectives

To give each child - 

Security in learning, the ability to think, self-reliance, understanding of what he/she is learning, and knowledge of the purpose of that learning; good study habits, love of reading and math, a pleasurable learning experience.


Enjoy reading and build the habit of reading both for information and pleasure; have knowledge of sounds which will enable him or her to solve words and spell them (phonics); group words within the sentence so that he or she may comprehend what he or she is reading (rhythmic reading); group ideas of the sentences so that he or she grasps the significance of what he or she reads (comprehension); read at sight material of grade two level; give a title to a group of sentences; find the key word within sentences.


Ability to spell words and write simple sentences with ease; ability to spell words through the use if the patterns of the Carden Vowel Chart and apply the Carden controls of phonics and word structure; take dictation.



Perfect by frequent drill of words often mispronounced.


Interest in words; increase vocabulary by repeated use of words by the teacher until they are part of the child's speaking vocabulary and in literature.


Ability to express thoughts in group discussions, and use sequential thinking; clear dictation, accurate pronunciation, clarity, speaking in public.

Language Mechanics:

Ability to recognize nouns, pronouns, personal pronouns, verbs, and adjectives in text, understand tenses, past participles, punctuation, accent rule, doubling rule, silent letters.

Creative Expression:

Write original stories and poems and tell stories orally without preparation; devlop compositions by group contributions.


Memorize about twenty poems form My First Poetry Book by Mae Carden, appreciate the beauty and power of poetry through listening to poems; realize the beauty and power of poetry through listening to poems; realize the beautiful effect produced by the blending of voices in group recitation; experience being a member of a contributing group.


Participate in class plays (Valentine and Jack O'Lantern)


Handwriting - master cursive writing; write a short composition with proper paragraphing, follow sequential patterns with individual interpretation.


Addition in the hundreds house with carrying; complete understanding of the pairs; subtraction in the ones, tens, and hundreds, houses using the additive method of borrowing; multiplication twos through the twelves, and multiplying with carrying. Division in the ones, tens, and hundreds, house without remainder; fractions, vocabulary and mental image; story problems; mastery of patterns in addition, subtraction, multiplication; understanding and finding the difference between; money: addition and subtraction; time: adding minutes and hours; measurement of lengths, liquids, weights, pints and quarts; table and graph skills, timed hundred facts in addition and subtraction.


Neighborhood, States and Capitals, map skills, Asia.


Ability to perform appropriate experiments; science in rhyme.


French expressions, alphabet, sounds, tenses, songs, verbs.

Work Habits:

Work independently on assigned work; complete assignments in a given time, write neatly and arrange the material  in an attractive way; concentrate, have a satisfactory attention span; follow directions.

Social Studies:

Developing knowledge and skill in history, geography, culture, economics, civics, and government. We also focus on people and their interaction with others and the world in which they live. Our students gain a better understanding of their country and its regions.

Attitude Development:

We discuss Standards of Living and help students to be confident and comfortable in the presence of adults and classmates.  Our students practice patterns of acceptable behavior and have a sense of security in learning.  Our students are taught to maintain strong values and show appreciation for all that is good.

Field Trips:

Due to COVID-19 we do not have any field trips scheduled for this school year.

Books for the pupils - 


Junior Book

Bluebird Book


The Story of Ping

Old Mother West Wind

Mother West Wind's Children


Junior Book Questions 

Vocabulary Workbook

Bluebird Book Questions

Spelling Workbook 2

Language Workbook

Comprehension Techniques

Graduation Book 2

Math Worknbook

Read to Children:

Forest Folk

My Donkey Benjamin

Drummer Hof

Country Bunny and the Little Gold Shoes

London Bridge is Falling Down


A Chat With Regina

The Story of Dick Whittington

Miss Pearl-Her-Own Story


Le Francais pour Les Eleves Americains

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