MathematicsSaxon MathIn second grade, we teach math accelerated one year, so second graders are working on third grade skills and concepts. The students do very well, as they have been working ahead in previous grades. At CTA Freedom, we use the Saxon math program.Each day in class, the math lesson is divided into four sections:
- The math meeting is a review of basic skills like patterning, money, time, skip counting, and problem solving.
- After the meeting is the daily lesson. This is where the new concept or objective is introduced. The lesson includes group and individual practice of the new skill.
- The guided class practice is a handout that contains a spiral review of recent concepts as well as a practice of the day's new skill. The back side of this page is homework.
- The fact practice is a timed practice of a specipic fact set (ie. +5, x3, or -6). The back of this page is also homework.
We cover a wide range of topics in the second grade year. We begin with a review of material covered in first grade, but we really take off from there. By the end of second grade, we will have covered multiplication and division facts, fractions and decimal, counting change, and a variety of word problems. We will even touch on long division. This is an exciting year for your student in math!Math FactsGiven the number of topics that we cover in math in 2nd grade, it is so important that the students develop speed and automaticity in their math facts (addition, subtraction, and multiplication). Math fact practice is a part of their daily classwork as well as the nightly homework, but extra practice is encouraged. Flash cards are wonderful. You may also find these sites helpful: