2nd Grade


Elements of Shape; Still Life; Illustrated Books; Weaving Japanese Art—Gyotaku, origami; Ceramic Construction; Artists’ Careers: Pablo Picasso, Paul Cezanne, Faith Ringgold, Salvador Dali

English/Language Arts

Contextual Strategies
Comprehension Strategies
Locating information
Oral reading fluency
Reading for Personal enjoyment
Writing: prewriting, composing, editing
Step Up To Writing
Writing paragraphs
Introduction to cursive
Spelling: Phonemic Awareness
Author Study: Tomie de Paolo and Patricia Polacco
Flat Stanley, The Drinking Gourd, Annie and the Old One, Legend of Indian Paintbrush, Freckle Juice


Following Commands
Conversing with teacher and classmates
Everyday Objects
Days of the Week, Months
Classroom Objects


Understanding base-ten numeration system
Place-value concepts
Using Measurement tools
Recall of addition and subtraction facts
Addition and subtraction using regrouping
Fluency with multi-digit addition and subtraction
Properties of addition and Subtraction
Problem Solving
Foundations of Multiplication
Counting and using money
Telling time to the nearest minute
Data and Graphs


Improvisation of rhythmic patterns; Ostinato patterns on the xylophone and metallophone; Duple divisions in compound time; Tambourine, drum, maraca rhythm sticks, finger cymbals; Improvisational Melody
Performance: Spring Musical Review

Physical Education

Soccer Skills
Jump Rope
Dance and Rhythm
Motor and Manipulation Skills
Ball Skills
Gymnastics and Tumbling
Track and Field
Presidential Testing
Jump Rope for Heart
Personal Fitness


We Believe, We Worship, We Live, We Pray
Advent: Wait and Wonder
Lent: My Lenten Walk With Jesus
Preparation for the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Holy Communion
Celebrate Weekly Mass
Goals of the Sacred Heart
Apostolic Work: M.A.T. Social Ministry Center, Second Grade Cookbook


Properties of Rocks and Soil
Forms of Energy: Sound
Forces and Motion
Life Cycles of Animals
Earth Materials
Properties/principles of Matter and Energy
Science and Technology

Social Studies

Global Studies: Japan
Our Community
All About Earth
Our Past
All About Work
Our Government


Microsoft Word skills: Make a table, add a border, bullets and numbers, autoshape drawings
Internet Cyberhunt
Right and left key board orientation


Flat Stanley
n the fall, we read the book Flat Stanley to the class. It is the story of a boy who becomes flat when his bulletin board falls on him. Each child then makes his own Stanley and sends him on an adventure anywhere in the world. We eagerly await hearing from him throughout his travels and look forward to his return.

The children receive this sacrament in the fall. We prepare the children for this important day by using a supplemental book called Reconciliation. We use many stories from the Bible and do many activities to prepare them. It is a family celebration of the sacrament held in the evening. The children decorate candle holders to be placed on the altar rail the day of the ceremony.

In February, the children choose a president to research. They complete their report by using our classroom laptop computers to find information pertaining to their individual president. After gathering their information each child creates a Power Point presentation to share with the rest of the class and their parents.

First Communion
In April after Easter, the children receive the sacrament of First Holy Communion. We begin preparing them for this special day in January. The text we use is God’s Gift Eucharist, published by Loyola Press. It offers meaningful experiences that will authentically pass on the truth and beauty of our Catholic faith and the Eucharist. The children learn about the parts of the Mass and how they are meaningful to them. Blessing cups are made by students with their parents. We celebrate twice: First with their families on Saturday; then with the Oak Hill community at the following Thursday Mass.

Our final Social Studies unit is about countries around the world. We focus on Japan. The children not only read about the cultures, customs, and traditions of this interesting country, but they experience some of them first-hand. We learn origami, study the language, and have a Japanese lunch—with chopsticks!—to complete our tour of this Asian country.

"My son’s Kindergarten brain is clearly being stretched, which he loves! He tells us what he’s learning about the artist Piet Mondrain and his use of vertical lines; he greets us with “Bonjour” at breakfast time; he shares his enthusiasm for the probability games they play during math class; and he looks forward to building a volcano in science class. Thank you so much for all the joy you have brought to our home."  

~ Oak Hill Parent

  • Villa Duchesne and Oak Hill School
  • 801 South Spoede Road
  • Saint Louis, MO 63131-2699
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