Committed to providing an excellent Catholic Education since 1961.
St. Teresa Catholic School
The mission of St. Teresa Catholic School is to provide a quality education that challenges and empowers students to develop their full potential. Our program is based on Gospel values and Catholic traditions and is implemented in a Christ-centered community that stresses excellence for all students.
At St. Teresa School we believe that each person is a child of God, blessed with unique gifts and talents, and so we endeavor to:
- Promote the holistic development of each individual
- Provide a program of learning which challenges and empowers students
- Integrate spiritual beliefs and values with learning and living
- Form a partnership between home and school to enrich each child’s life
- Promote respect for the dignity and uniqueness of each individual.
Curriculum Guide Introduction
The purpose of this Curriculum Guide is to summarize the major objectives of the instructional program at this grade level at St. Teresa Catholic School. The curriculum has been designed to follow the recommendations of the Diocese of Orlando, and meets or exceeds the expectations set forth in the Florida Standards.
The Religion curriculum allows the children to pray, sing, and explore the ways the faith speaks to their lives. The truths of the Catholic faith are presented in ways that are age-appropriate, culturally sensitive, and varied. Children begin to understand the Eucharist and to discover other ways to be nourished by their friendship with Jesus. The Ten Commandments guide the children through the process of recognizing sin and the need for Reconciliation. They become familiar with Bible stories as well as lives of Saints. Children continue to learn traditional prayers and review those previously learned.
The Reading/Language Arts program is designed to stimulate total language development. The development of oral language, listening skills, appreciation of different types of literature, reading, writing, and comprehension are all components of this program. Decoding skills, context clues, predicting, summarizing, examining cause and effect, using the dictionary, and identifying story elements are some of the strategies used to develop reading and comprehension. Students develop skills in writing and grammar through examining word order, parts of a sentence, capitalization, and punctuation. They also recognize and use the following parts of speech: nouns, pronouns, verbs, and adjectives. Students create and share their written work. Cursive writing is also introduced and practiced.
The goal of the Math program is to continue to develop mathematical concepts through the use of concrete materials and a variety of learning experiences. Students improve their skills in addition and subtraction of single, two, and three-digit numbers. Their understanding of place value is expanded to 1000. They recognize the value of various coins, count money, trade and make change. The ability to tell time and to determine hour, half hour, quarter hour and five minute intervals is also developed (digital and analog). They create and solve story problems and develop problem solving strategies. Other topics include identification of solid geometric shapes and comparing them for congruency and symmetry. They develop awareness of appropriate tools and units of measurement and are introduced to measuring activities.
In Social Studies the students will learn about people and places whether far or near. We learn about how people live, the rules we all follow and the different kinds of jobs people have. We also learn about different land forms and environments, as well as climate and weather. We study about our government and America’s past.
The physical education curriculum provides for appropriate activities relating to the child’s physical development. Students develop gross motor skills according to each one’s developmental level. Activities include hopping, skipping, jumping, stretching, balancing, throwing, catching, striking, chasing, fleeing, and dodging. Students are introduced to organized play, games, relays, and sports. Safety measures as well as good nutrition, health, and hygiene are also introduced. Students have two forty-five minute classes each week.
In Life Science the students discover the wonder of plant and animal life cycles and their environments and needs. In Earth Science, the students explore treasures from the earth, such as rock, soil, and fossils. The students become familiar with matter, energy, motion, and forces in the physical science section.
The second grade music program offers a variety of learning activities including movement (dance), singing, exploring musical instruments, and playing pitched/unpitched instruments. Concepts introduced include listening to many musical formats and rhythms, movement to varied rhythms, and movement with props. Children enjoy music and movement. They learn to sing traditional songs and participate in programs and activities.
Library / Media/Technology
In Library class students are encouraged to appreciate all types of literature and become familiar with different types of books and parts of a book. The arrangement of fiction and nonfiction call numbers is introduced and they become familiar with the electronic card catalog as a tool for finding information. Alphabetical order is introduced. Frequently there is an opportunity to read-aloud favorite stories.
In technology class, students become familiar with the basic components of the computer, with computer terminology, and basic word processing skills. Cross-curricular connections are made through educational software and supervised Internet activities.
The goal of the Art program is provide activities that stimulate and enhance the creative and imaginative development of the child. Students are directed to explore through a variety of art media including but not limited to the following: markers, crayons, painting, clay/playdoh, pasting, gluing, weaving, paper, and textured materials. Children learn to appreciate the beautiful and artistic through exposure to works of art, the beauty of nature, and other children’s artistic work.
Students in the second grade use The Complete Book of Spanish textbook as the primary resource in this learning area. The goal of the program is to continue the development of listening to and speaking the Spanish language. Through the development of listening skills children begin to enunciate and comprehend common expressions and greetings. They increase their vocabulary to include numbers to one hundred (100), different types of fruit, meals, the rooms in a house, musical instruments, and much more. Children also begin to progress from the spoken to the written word, and gradually move on to read familiar material.