Welcome to the Second Grade at the Islamic Academy of Columbia! Second grade is a year of transitions and curriculum milestones where students spend less time learning to read and more time reading to learn. Students not only learn sentence structure but also parts of speech and different writing styles. Writing is a major component of second grade as students will be introduced to the writing process of brainstorming, writing, revising, and editing. As the year progresses, students learn to determine the main ideas and supporting details of the stories they read. 

    In Mathematics, hands-on activities are incorporated to meet the standards which include challenging topics such as graphing, basic geometry, fractions, measurement, and two-digit addition and subtraction where students learn to “carry” numbers and regroup. Students develop problem-solving skills which help their understanding of overall mathematical concepts. 

    Science will be interesting and fun for the students as they collaborate on group projects and experience outdoor activities. Visual media and field trips will assist in comprehending animal cycles, habitats, weather, and the stages of matter.     

    In Social Studies, students broaden their knowledge of the world and learn about the people and places of their local communities and regions. A variety of resources is incorporated to learn about different landforms and the history of the United States of America. 

    During Arabic class, students study a total of 20 lessons in their textbook throughout the year. They complete workbook exercises that follow each lesson. Students practice through plays, conversations, videos, competitions, games, field trips, handwriting, and story time. By the end of the year, students should have full knowledge of the following: reading and writing sentences, making and analyzing words, answering and constructing questions, synonyms and antonyms, exclamatory sentences, present and past tense, masculine and feminine, basic grammar, and numbers, one to thirty, numerically and in word form. Students will also learn how to write a short informative paragraph.

    In Islamic Studies, students not only learn about Islam but live it as well. Topics touched on include creed, worship, the biography of the Prophet (Peace and Blessings Be Upon Him), and manners. Students review the five pillars of Islam and the six pillars of faith. New concepts learned include trust in Allah and obedience towards Allah. They begin the story of the Prophet (Peace and Blessings Be Upon Him) with The Year of the Elephant and continue to learn about his struggles in spreading Islam. They learned how to make ablution in the first grade and now they learn how to pray properly. Manners that are constantly reinforced include respect, sincerity, and honesty. Throughout the year, the goal for the students is to strengthen previously learned concepts and develop new ways of thinking.