BTDT's or teachers, what can I expect my child's class to be studying in 2nd grade?

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Registered: 05-18-2005
BTDT's or teachers, what can I expect my child's class to be studying in 2nd grade?
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Sun, 08-05-2012 - 12:23pm

It's been made clear to me in K and 1st that curriculum is drastically different than when I was a child. The curriculum standards posted on the school website are in education jargon that means little to me.  Do they do multiplication and division?  Does anyone still teach cursive? 

Gwen

 

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Registered: 01-05-2005

I think looking at the common core standards for each grade is pretty helpful and fairly comprehensive.

http://www.corestandards.org/the-standards/mathematics/grade-2/introduction/

http://www.corestandards.org/the-standards/english-language-arts-standards/reading-literature/grade-2/

Most states are implementing these (or already have) in the next few years and things are changing rapidly.

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Registered: 08-31-2009

We didn't tackle multiplication/division until 3rd grade (intro only really).  Further multiple digit addition and subtraction, further reinforcement of 'carry over' and 'take away' along with more fractions and graphing were some of the highlights we had.  Some schools/districts still teach cursive, some don't.  There should be reading and spelling, social studies, basic history, and basic science.




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Registered: 05-02-2004
As I recall, your son was/is in advanced classes? If so, then probably will start learning multiplication and division. Cursive "may" start the end of the year if they do it, but not all schools do it. If you think your child would benefit from it, you can get the "Handwriting Without Tears" cursive workbook and teacher manual for pretty cheap. It should cost around $25 for both books.

My oldest has issues with writing, and cursive does work better for him - it is harder (but not impossible) to reverse letters, and because they connect, the pencil is not lifted as much. The OT works with him on it, but they don't teach it in the schools here - except for kids who get OT.

Another good way, beyond the common core standards (which are pretty clear to read) is to go online and look at state tests. There are usually released questions from past years that you can look at. You can bet that your teacher does the same things to prep her kids and be sure that she is on track for the year.
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Registered: 09-12-2003

Our school uses a different program then most, so some multiplcation and division were taught late in 2nd but they didn't really do hardcore times tables until 3rd grade. our school does teach cursive but not until 3rd grade. To be honest the difference between 1st and 2nd wasn't great; its between 2nd and 3rd and 3rd and 4th grade that really jump. 2nd was more a continuation of first building on concept and expanding. What I usually do is take a peak at the webpages if teachers have them to get an idea of whats to come this year.

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