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The 2nd Grade Classical Curriculum

Continuing the curriculum path established in 1st grade, Gulf Pointe Academy's 2nd grade curriculum utilizes Memoria Press' highly acclaimed classical liberal arts education model.  The cultivation of wisdom and virtue is accomplished in two ways:  first, through training in the liberal arts; and secondly, through a familiarity with the great books and the great thinkers of the Western tradition.

The liberal arts are the generalizable linguistic and mathematical skills that enable a person to excel in every academic area—as well as in the practical activities of life. In classical and medieval times, there were thought to be seven of these arts or skills: grammar, logic, and rhetoric (the “trivium”), as well as arithmetic, geometry, astronomy, and music (the “quadrivium”). The first three were linguistic arts, and the last four were mathematical. We would probably say today that there are more than just the four mathematic skills worthy of mastery, but the liberal arts remain the greatest summary of the skills a person should be expected to know in order to be accounted an educated person.

Through the study of the greatest that has been thought and said by Western writers and thinkers, we pass our cultural heritage on to our children. Western civilization is made up of three elements: the Greeks, the Romans, and the Hebrews—and the coalescing of these three cultures into what later became known as Christendom, the Christian civilization that remained the dominant cultural force in the West until the early 20th century. A familiarity with the Greeks, the Romans, and, most importantly, the Christian Bible is essential to understanding our culture.

The liberal arts are the “how” of education, and the study of Western culture is the “what”. A mastery of both of these is the best way to prepare a child, not only for college, but for life.

Complete Curriculum

Second Grade Art Cards

Prima Latina: Introduction to Christian Latin

Prima Latina Copybook

Copybook Cursive: Scripture & Poems

Composition & Sketchbook

New American Cursive 2 (Scripture)

The Golden Children's Bible

Classical Phonics

SRA Phonics 3

Rod and Staff Mathematics 2: Student Worbook, Units 1-5 

Rod and Staff Mathematics 2: Blacklines

Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder & Student Study Guide

Mr. Popper's Penguins by Richard & Florence Atwater & Student Study Guide

The Courage of Sarah Noble by Alice Dalgliesh & Student Study Guide

Tales from Beatrix Potter (Peter Rabbit, Benjamin Bunny, Tom Kitten, Johnny Town-Mouse) & Student Study Guide

Rod & Staff 1/2" Ruled Penmanship
Read-Aloud Program

Johnny Appleseed by Reeve Lindbergh

The Boy Who Drew Birds by Jacqueline Davies

McElligot's Pool by Dr. Seuss

The Monkey and the Crocodile by Paul Galdone

The Ant and the Elephant by Bill Peet

Andrew Henry's Meadow by Doris Burn

Amos and Boris by William Steig

Cinderella by Marcia Brown

A Picture Book of Amelia Earhart by David A. Adler

The Five Chinese Brothers by Claire Hutchit Bishop & Kurt Wiese

The House the Pecks Built by Helen and Alf Evers

The Thanksgiving Story by Alice Dalgliesh

Lucy's Christmas by Donald Hall

The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey by Susan Wojciechowski

The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams

The Big Snow by Berta and Elmer Hader

The Emperor's New Clothes by Hans Chrstian Anderson, illustrated by Virginia Lee Burton

The Gardener by Sarah Stewart

Saint Valentine by Robert Sabuda

George Washington's Breakfast by Jean Fritz

Farewell to Shady Glade by Bill Peet

Cyrus the Unsinkable Sea Serpent by Bill Peet

Emily by Michael Bedard

Sam, Bangs, & Moonshine by Evaline Ness

Island Boy by Barbara Cooney

The Easter Egg by Jan Brett

Paul Revere's Ride by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Verdi by Janell Cannon

The Gift of the Tree by Alvin Tresselt

Maybelle the Cable Car by Virginia Lee Burton

A Visit to William Blake's Inn by Nancy Willard

The Fourth of July Story by Alice Dalgliesh

Lucy's Summer by Donald Hall