Academics » Lower Elementary (1st - 2nd)

Lower Elementary (1st - 2nd)

The time students spend in 1st and 2nd grades are enormous growth years for reading and math development. Our Sacred Heart students are really challenged to master the very basics of reading and mathematic skills. Our educational goal is that as they enter our 3rd grade, they have acquired the linguistic understanding required to develop into fully literate individuals and the foundation of math with mastery in addition, subtraction, and place value.
 
Sacred Heart is committed to helping young readers succeed! Our lower elementary teachers are “in love” with Super Kids©. We feel it is the BEST curriculum on the market to prepare our young students to be readers, writers, and thinkers. The Superkids® Reading program is a core literacy curriculum for Kindergarten through 2nd grade that teaches all aspects of reading seamlessly integrating the language arts. Built on scientific research and proven pedagogy, it combines rigorous instruction with highly motivating materials.
 
WHY DOES SACRED HEART USE SUPERKIDS?
1. Systematic, Explicit Instruction: The Superkids Reading Program is a system of instruction. The step-by-step lessons build skills systematically as children progress from kindergarten through second grade, creating confident readers.
2. Decodable Text: As children learn new phonetic elements, they immediately apply these skills to engaging decodable literary and informational text. By second grade, children have learned the phonetic elements necessary to read text that isn't phonetically controlled.
3. Integration: Superkids integrates reading, spelling, handwriting, grammar, and composition into one program.
4. Motivation: Children love the engaging Superkids characters. Each character has a unique personality and interests. The Superkids stories capture the universal experiences of childhood. Our students in 2nd grade are still very engaged in this curriculum. The lessons grow with them.
By the time our students finish our Superkids program, they have acquired the linguistic understanding required to develop into a fully literate individual. After Superkids, our third-graders can read on grade level with accuracy, fluency, and understanding in any reading program. Most importantly, our teachers say it’s the most effective reading program they have every used.  Use this link to explore Superkids for yourself.
www.superkidsreading.org
 
By the time our students finish second grade, they will have learned:
 
Mathematics:
Students master concepts such as:
*Addition and subtraction up to 1,000
*Place value
*Time
*Money
*Measurement
*Multiplication introduction
 
Social Studies:  Our students cover topics such as:
*Citizenship and communities
*Geography & Travel & Our World
*Government and Law
*Supply and demand (Market Day)
*US Presidents research projects

Science: Our students cover topics such as:
*Matter
*Insects (meal worms and cockroaches)
*Ecosystems
*Light and sound waves
*Weather and climate

Religion: Our students cover topics such as:
*How much God loves them
*Traditional Bible Stories
*Baptism & Holy Communion
*The Saints & All Saints Day Parade
 
In addition to normal academics, our teachers focus on important lessons of leadership, virtuous character, and faith formation. Combine these core reading and math skills with character and faith lessons and add in the excitement of science exploration, STEM, and social studies themes (cultures, government, and citizenship), these young students grow into smart, thoughtful, and creative thinkers.

Our two years of 1st and 2nd grades fly by with eager-to-learn students, an experienced and caring teaching staff, and many hands-on, integrated lessons.  Furthermore, our teaching staff in JK-2nd grades spend much time collaborating and understanding their individual class needs in order to help ALL our students succeed at the next level - Upper Elementary (3rd - 5th grades)!!
 
Watch our PPT below to see some of our Lower Elementary students in ACTION this fall and winter!