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Hello! My name is Mrs. Sue McCarthy. I am the Second Grade teacher at St. James the Greater. My class is in a self-contained setting.
In Second Grade, the primary focus is Religion, Language Arts, and Math. Our Religion textbook is from Loyola Press. Its emphasis is on the preparation for Reconciliation and First Communion. We also study the religious holidays and the Ten Commandments. Language Arts includes Reading, English, Spelling, Phonics, and Handwriting. In Reading, comprehension and fluency are stressed. During English, we study the parts of speech, grammar, punctuation, and capitalization. We also use the writing program, Step Up to Writing. In this program, we study sentence structure using who, what, when, where, why, and how; letter writing; taking notes for paragraph development; writing a story using tangrams for illustrations; and writing a report at the end of the year. Phonics practice re-enforces the rules of English to help students develop better fluency in reading and writing. We use the Zaner-Bloser method of handwriting, with cursive being taught after Christmas. The Saxon Math series is used in Math class. This series stresses the introduction of many concepts, including algebra, geometry, facts, and word problems. Throughout the year, these concepts are revisited and practiced daily. In Social Studies, we have units on communities, citizenship, map skills, and the beginning of the United States. In Science, we work on units in life science, earth science, and physical science. These units include plant and animal life cycles, matter, and sound.
Second Grade is a year of firsts. We have our First Reconciliation and First Communion. The students do an art project that incorporates the theme of the Reconciliation ceremony. For First Communion, we make a Last Supper mural, a chalice and host, a patchwork class quilt, and a banner to display at the Mass. Other firsts in Second Grade are the study of cursive writing, timed facts tests in Math, and beginning of multiplication and division. and multiplication.
I began my teaching career many years ago. I taught for fourteen years before "retiring" to raise my children. I returned to teaching as a substitute teacher at St. James and have been teaching full-time at St. James for ten years. I have always taught in the Catholic school system. I love teaching at St. James. It is truly a warm family