Second Grade - Kolbe Academy

Second Grade

The Second Grade online program will include a comprehensive study of Religion, Phonics, Reading, Penmanship, Math, Art, and Science. Religion, Language Arts, and Math will be delivered in a live format, whereas Science, Geography, Penmanship, and Art will be delivered in the form of videos and creative assignments. The goal of each part of this program is to develop your child spiritually and academically in all necessary skills to progress to third grade. The focus is on developing fine motor skills, intellectual curiosity, and an authentic passion for learning. Below you will find details regarding the curriculum and books needs for this program. 

Art- The second grade art program will focus on learning about famous artists throughout history while completing a monthly project in the style of the artist geared towards the specific age group.


Course Texts:

  • Jesus Our Life, Textbook
  • Jesus Our Life, Activity Book
  • The New Saint Joseph First Communion Catechism

Course Description:

Grade Two Religion guides the student through preparation for the reception of the Sacraments of Penance and Holy Communion.  The law of God and salvation history are given as background for these Sacraments.  The course emphasizes God’s mercy and His inestimable gift of His Son.

The student, if he was in the Kolbe program last year, has already used the First Communion Catechism, but the repetition is good.  Using both of these books, the child will be ready to receive his First Confession and First Communion in the spring.  It is advisable for you to have a child’s Bible to use in conjunction with the lessons in religion.

Supplemental Course Texts:

  • Child’s Bible History, Textbook (optional)


If you would like to enrich your child’s Religion curriculum, you may purchase this book to work through on your own at home. The core and meaning of all history is the history of our salvation, so history rightly begins with salvation history.  This Grade Two History course is designed to supplement the study of religion by familiarizing the student with the chief figures and events of the Old and New Testament.  These include creation and the fall of man, Abraham, Joseph, Moses and the Exodus, and the life of Jesus, and his suffering, death, and resurrection.

This Bible history course should be used to reinforce what is learned in religion class with an emphasis on God’s plan for salvation.  Students should get an understanding of the genealogy of the people of the Old Testament in relation to the coming of Our Savior.  They will then begin to make the connections between the Old Testament, the New Testament, and our own times.  

Language Arts

Course Texts:

  • Catholic National Reader, Book Two, Textbook
  • Novels:
    • Aesop’s Fables
    • Charlotte’s Web
    • A Child’s Garden of Verses
    • Boxcar Children
  • Phonics B, Workbook
  • Phonogram Flash Cards 
  • English 2, Workbook
  • Writing Our Catholic Faith: Grade 2 Manuscript Writing (Quarters 1& 2)
  • Writing Our Catholic Faith: Grade 2 Intro to Cursive Writing (Quarters 3&4)

Course Description:

Reading & Literature

Second Grade Reading will cover a selection of readings appropriate to the level of the child.  The readings will be taken from the Catholic National Reader Book Two, plus material from the Kolbe Academy Recommended Reading List or some other reliable source.  The style of presentation in the Catholic National Reader is developed so that the full range of study is contained in each story (phonics, spelling, definitions and ever-increasing vocabulary).  All outside reading should be chosen for the quality of content, art (if any is reproduced), and the gradual inclusion of more difficult vocabulary.

Goals of the course include developing in the student a love for reading and appreciation of good literature, recognition of characters, details, relationships, and plots, the ability to retell the story in their own words and write book reports, and the ability to find the moral or objective of the selection.

Phonics & Spelling

Grade Two Phonics brings the student into the new areas of hard and soft c and g, r controlled vowels, plurals, suffixes, vowel digraphs, diphthongs, prefixes, synonyms, antonyms, homonyms, and syllabication.  Phonics B begins with easy material, and the child should be able to read the instructions and follow the directions.  At first this may be challenging, but developing this skill at an early age will be of great value as the child progresses academically.  Much in the phonics book reinforces what the student learns in English and Spelling.

English Grammar

Grade Two English brings the student to study kinds of sentences and most of the parts of speech in a sentence.  The student is met with the requirement to use simple punctuation, capitalize words and become acquainted with synonyms and antonyms, as well as alphabetizing words and classifying objects.  The student is also required to develop and practice composition skills including writing book reports. The student should be expected to memorize many definitions, words, and lists in this book.  A child’s dictionary is recommended for use in English 2.

Geography 2: Exploring the United States

Course Texts:

  • Evan Moore, Maps of the USA

Course Description:

Apply the geography lessons to the world around the child: The World in Spatial Terms, Places and Regions, Physical Systems, Human Systems, Environment and Society, The Uses of Geography.

Topics covered in second grade:

  • State History
  • National Parks & Landforms
  • Using a Globe
  • Directions on a Map
  • Using a Map Key
  • Using a Map Grid
  • Picturing a Place
  • Picturing the United States

Mathematics (Progress in Mathematics)

Course Texts:

  • Progress in Mathematics (LIGHT BLUE), Textbook
  • Progress in Mathematics (LIGHT BLUE), Workbook (Optional Purchase)

Course Description:

Grade Two Mathematics continues the activities of first grade in the area of inductive and deductive activities.  The book begins with review of concepts that the student has already learned.  It then continues with problem solving, 3-digit place value, time and money, addition and subtraction of 2 and 3-digit numbers, geometry and fractions, measurement, and multiplication through 5×5.

Science (Harcourt)

Course Texts:

  • Harcourt Science, Grades 1/2 Textbook*

*Harcourt Science Grades 1/2 is used in both 1st and 2nd grade.

Course Description:

Second Grade Science continues the basic introduction to the life, earth, and physical sciences.  The most important part of teaching science in the early years is helping the student see the wonders of God’s world, and making him unafraid of the subject when he pursues science in more depth later.  Children learn more from doing the experiments and investigations alongside the reading of the textbook.

The Harcourt Science series has the availability of several online learning tools to anyone who purchases the textbook.  The first is provided by the publisher, Harcourt.  Another website is provided by the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA).  The online resources are a wonderful addition to the activities provided within the text itself.  Topics covered include habitats in Life Science, the Solar System and weather in Earth Science, and energy, as forces and motion, and as hearing and sound in Physical Science.


Course Description:

In 1st through 5th grade, the students will participate in a study of art masters. A lesson will be provided at the beginning of each month introducing a new historical artist. The student will spend the month working on an age-appropriate art project to further understand and appreciate the artist’s particular style. 


  • Crayons
  • Markers
  • Watercolor set
  • Construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick
  • Pencil Grip
  • Pencils
  • Primary Composition Notebook
  • Small white board, marker, eraser
  • Play Doh