The Second Grade Syllabus contains detailed daily lesson plans for Religion, Mathematics, Reading, Writing, Poetry, Science, History, Geography, Art and Music. It also contains a variety of teaching resources including Second Grade Subject Rubrics and Learning Objectives, suggested daily schedules, teaching tips and several lists of grade level appropriate literature. We have provided below a sample of the first week from the syllabus along with a list of the books used in the syllabus.

In Religion we use St. Joseph’s Baltimore Catechism, No. 1 along with the lives of the saints to continue the study of Catholic doctrine begun last year. The student continues to develop not only his understanding of his faith but also his habit of retention by the memorization involved in learning the questions and answers. In Mathematics we use Arithmetic 2 (A Beka) which serves well to continue the study of mathematics begun last year. In Reading we use Sound Beginnings (Fogassy), supplemented by appropriate, high quality reading materials to encourage and continue to foster a love of reading. In Writing we use Writing Our Catholic Faith Grade 2 (Wasylyk) to continue the practice of the formation of words. In Science we use Science with Plants (Usborne) and Seasons and Living Things (Milliken) which provide a directed exploration of nature to encourage observation of and familiarity with the natural world. In History & Geography we use a variety of biographies of famous Americans to introduce the student to American history and we use a coloring book, a state-by-state guide and flash cards to introduce the student to American geography. In Poetry we continue to use The Harp and Laurel Wreath for selections of poetry to memorize. In Art we use the Child-size Masterpieces: Mommy, it’s a Renoir (Advanced Level) to continue the student’s art appreciation along with a variety of craft kits to provide the student with hands on art. In Music we use the Music Masters Series to foster a love of great music along with First Book of the Recorder (Usborne) and Let’s Learn Music which introduce the student to playing an instrument. In addition the syllabus has several lists of good literature for the student broken down by the liturgical year, a calendar of saints and a general list of literature.

Current Edition: © 2016.

Online versions of the MODG syllabi are provided to enrolled families free of charge. Paper copies of the syllabi are also available for purchase from the MODG office, with a 30% discount for enrolled families.

Book List

English
  • Essential 4
    • Hardcover Blank Book for Student Retellings & Illustrations
      Ashley Productions
      Ashley Productions
    • Sound Beginnings
      Fogassy, Julia
      Our Father's House
    • The Harp and Laurel Wreath: Poetry and Dictation for the Classical Curriculum
      Berquist, Laura
      Ignatius Press — 500 Pages
      ISBN: 0898707161
    • Writing Our Catholic Faith Grade 2M
      Wasylyk, Thomas & Jennifer
      Universal Publishing — 96 Pages
      ISBN: 1931181802
  • Supplemental - Required 1
    • The Harp and Laurel Wreath: Poetry and Dictation for the Classical Curriculum
      Berquist, Laura
      Ignatius Press — 500 Pages
      ISBN: 0898707161
  • Supplemental - Optional 48
  • Alternate text that can replace an essential or required supplemental text 1
Fine Arts
  • Essential 6
    • 36 Traditional Roman Catholic Hymns for Voice and Piano
      Jemison, Alan
      Alan Jemison
    • Child-size Masterpieces: Mommy, It’s a Renoir (Advanced Level)
      Wolf, Aline D.
      Parent Child Press — 19 Pages
      ISBN: 0960101691
    • Discover Crochet
      Harrisville Designs
      Harrisville Designs
    • First Book of the Recorder
      Hawthorne, Philip
      Usborne Books
      ISBN: 074602987X
    • Let's Learn Music #1
      Hoff, Carol
      Hendrick Long Publishing Co.
      ISBN: 0883130912
    • Music Masters: Tchaikovsky, Brahams, Strauss, Foster & Sousa, Berlioz, Verdi
      Various
      Vox Music MAsters
  • Supplemental - Required 7
    • First Communion Banner Kit
      Illuminated Ink
      Illuminated Ink
    • First Communion Invitation Card Kit
      Illuminated Ink
      Illuminated Ink
    • First Communion Thank You Card Kit
      Illuminated Ink
      Illuminated Ink
    • Jesse Tree Ornament Kit
      Illuminated Ink
      Illuminated Ink
    • Tissue Paper Flowers
      Klutz
      Klutz
      ISBN: 1570544972
    • Wooden Rosary Holder Kit Sacred Heart of Jesus
      Illuminated Ink
      Illuminated Ink
    • Wooden Rosary Holder Kit Immaculate Heart of Mary
      Illuminated Ink
      Illuminated Ink
Mathematics
  • Essential 1
    • Arithmetic 2
      A Beka
      A Beka Books — 346 Pages
  • Supplemental - Optional 4
Religion
  • Essential 3
    • Hardcover Blank Book for Student Retellings & Illustrations
      Ashley Productions
      Ashley Productions
    • The New Saint Joseph Baltimore Catechism (No. 1)
      Kelley, Bennet
      Catholic Book Publishing Corp — 192 Pages
      ISBN: 0899422411
    • The New Saint Joseph First Communion Catechism
      Kelley, Fr Bennet
      Catholic Book Publishing Corp
      ISBN: 0899422403
  • Supplemental - Optional 1
  • Mentioned in the syllabus, but not assigned 14
Science
  • Essential 3
    • Hardcover Blank Book for Student Retellings & Illustrations
      Ashley Productions
      Ashley Productions
    • Seasons and Living Things
      Ortlieb, Cadice, & McRee
      Milliken Publishing Company
      ISBN: 1558630279
    • Usborne's Science with Plants
      Unwin, Mike
      Usborne Books — 24 Pages
      ISBN: 0746009763
Social Studies
  • Essential 6
    • Hardcover Blank Book for Student Retellings & Illustrations
      Ashley Productions
      Ashley Productions
    • Paul Revere's Ride
      Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth
      Puffin Books — 48 Pages
      ISBN: 0140556125
    • Squanto: Friend of the Pilgrims
      Bulla, Clyde Robert
      Scholastic Books — 112 Pages
      ISBN: 0590440551
    • States & Capitals Pocket Flash Cards
      Trend Enterprises
      Trend Enterprises
    • The United States of America: A State-by-State Guide
      Miller & Nelson
      Scholastic Books
      ISBN: 0439827655
    • United States Coloring Book
      Winkey, Adam
      Dover Publications — 64 Pages
      ISBN: 0486401685
  • Supplemental - Optional 4
  • Mentioned in the syllabus, but not assigned 2

Samples

Please note that in the K-2nd grade paper syllabi the following lists are integrated with each other in the syllabus. So Day 1 assignments are listed together under Monday, Day 2 under Tuesday and so forth.

Week 1

Day Assignment
1

St. Joseph’s Baltimore Catechism No.1 – Read and discuss Chapter 1.

2

St. Joseph’s Baltimore Catechism No.1 – Do the True and False questions and Fill in the Blanks. You can do this orally if you like, or in writing.

3

St. Joseph’s Baltimore Catechism No.1 – Do the Discussion Questions.

4

St. Joseph’s Baltimore Catechism No.1 – Start memorizing this week’s questions and answers. All year, when introducing new questions and answers, follow the same procedure. First read the question and the answer while the student listens, then read the question again, and have your student try to answer it. If he can, great. Do it one more time and go on to the next question. If he can’t answer it, fine, just prompt him through it. Do it one more time, prompting him through it if necessary, and then go on to the next question. Resist the temptation to go over and over the new questions. Chances are good you will actually be setting up impediments to memorization by doing that.

Day Assignment
1

We have broken down the 170 lessons included in the text over 32 weeks. Begin with Lesson 1 and 2 in Arithmetic 1. In the first two weeks of this syllabus we have assigned two lessons a day; from Week 3 on, only one lesson is assigned each day. If that amount seems too much on a given day, or if your child is eager and able to do more on another day, by all means adapt the lesson plan. At first the child may want you to sit down with him, explain what he is expected to do, and admire his work as he does it. But later, when he is more familiar with the text and can read the directions himself, he will be able to work more independently. Check his work daily so that he doesn't repeat mistakes or overlook any new operations.

2

Arithmetic 2 – Lessons 3 and 4.

3

Arithmetic 2 – Lessons 5 and 6.

4

Arithmetic 2 – Lessons 7 and 8.

5

Arithmetic 2 – Lessons 9 and 10.

Day Assignment
1

Do p. 1 in Writing Our Catholic Faith Grade 2M (for students who are still working on manuscript letters) OR Writing Our Catholic Faith Grade 2MC (for students who are ready to transition from manuscript to cursive).

2

Do p. 2 in Writing Our Catholic Faith Grade 2M OR Writing Our Catholic Faith Grade 2MC.

3

Do p. 3 in Writing Our Catholic Faith Grade 2M OR Writing Our Catholic Faith Grade 2MC.

Day Assignment
1

We will be using the book Sound Beginnings by Julia Fogassy. This is a beginning language program that works along the same lines as The Writing Road to Reading. It is easy to use, and the lesson plans are set out in a clear day-to-day schedule. Today begin by turning to Page 13 of Sound Beginnings. There you will find the lesson plan for Day 1.

2

See page 13, Sound Beginnings, Day 2.

3

See page 13 of Sound Beginnings, Day 3.

4

See page 13 of Sound Beginnings, Day 4.

Day Assignment
1

Read “The Owl and the Pussycat” by Edward Lear aloud to your child. Review the poem, “Rain” by Robert Louis Stevenson, if your child learned it in Kindergarten. Throughout this school year there will be review of all poems learned in the MODG program up to the present time. If your child hasn’t learned these before, don’t try to learn them at the pace suggested here for review, but do read the poems over to your child as they come up in the syllabus. He will pick many of them up by the end of the year just from hearing them.

It is important for intellectual development to exercise the imagination, which we do when we memorize, as well as when we observe carefully, and when we narrate and summarize. In little children the skills of memorizing, observing and sequencing (that is, retelling in the correct order, a skill which is involved in every narration) are the tools by which they order, strengthen, and make docile the imagination. It is particularly important in this earliest stage of formation that these activities be included in the curriculum.

Further, once something is memorized it should be exercised by being recalled. With prayers this is easy, as one says the prayers one knows daily, or on a regular basis, but with poetry, sometimes, one learns the poem and then, due to lack of use, forgets it. The activity of memorizing it in the first place is still a good thing to do, but it is better to exercise the intellectual habit gained by memorizing it originally, by reviewing it on a regular basis. Then the poem becomes a part of the permanent memory, able to be recalled many years later, easily. For this reason, you will find in this syllabus regular review built into the poetry class.

2 Read “The Owl and the Pussycat” aloud again. Now have your child try to repeat the first 2 lines. Help him if he needs it. Ask him to repeat it a few times. You can bring it up at other times during the day, too. Also review “Rain” by Robert Louis Stevenson.
3 Have your child recite the first 2 lines of “The Owl and the Pussycat” from memory. If he can’t at first, help him. Have him repeat it until it becomes easy. Now work with him on the next 2 lines. First you say them, then ask him to repeat them. After they are familiar to him, ask him to repeat the first 2 lines and to add on the 2 new lines. Also review “Rain” by Robert Louis Stevenson.
4 Have your child recite the first 4 lines of “The Owl and the Pussycat”. Also review “Rain”.
Day Assignment
1

Read aloud for ½ hour. Listen to an adult or older sibling read aloud for a separate 1/2 hour (this could be done in the evening). Use the booklists in the back of this syllabus throughout the year. There is a list of books to help you observe the saints’ feast days, and a calendar of saints’ feast days. There is another list of books for the liturgical seasons of the year, and a third list of good children’s books.

2

Read for ½ hour and listen to some books from the booklists. 

3

Read for ½ hour and listen to some books from the booklists. 

4

Read for ½ hour and listen to some books from the booklists. 

5

Read for ½ hour and listen to some books from the booklists. 

Day Assignment
1

Usborne Science with Plants – p. 1-3. Begin to keep a Nature Diary. In it your child can draw his observations and keep records of his experiments. Any notebook will suffice; it would be nice if it had some blank space for pictures.

Day Assignment
1

Begin using states and capitals flashcards. Hold them up one at a time to see if your child knows any of them. Set aside any that he knows. Choose two or three for him to learn today. Have him repeat these a few times. Add them to the pile that he knows. Every Thursday, or more frequently if possible, review the pile that he knows and add another card or two.

Talk to your student about maps. Show him a map in an atlas or a road map. Then draw him a “bird’s eye” map of your bedroom, explaining that this is generally how the map in the atlas is produced. Have him note the differences between looking at the room from up above and the ordinary perspective. Draw this map in the blank book you have for his history and geography work for this year.

Day Assignment
1 Begin to teach your child to crochet. You can find easy beginner crochet books at any craft store or book store.
Day Assignment
1

Introduce the recorder to your child. Show him how to hold it, how to blow on it, play it yourself to show him how it sounds. If you have it available, let him listen to some recorder music, for example Vivaldi’s recorder concertos.

Listen to track 27, “O Filii”, of the CD accompanying Alan Jemison’s 36 Traditional Roman Catholic Hymns. The object here is to become familiar with and actually learn to sing some of the kinds of liturgical songs that the Second Vatican Council, in The Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, said were “… a treasure of inestimable value, greater even than that of any other art. ” (Paragraph 112) Mr. Jemison even includes some Gregorian Chant, about which the same Council said, “The Church recognizes Gregorian chant as being specially suited to the Roman Liturgy. Therefore, other things being equal, it should be given pride of place in liturgical services.” (Paragraph 116) These hymns are suited to different parts of the liturgical year, so those in the curriculum for this year are listed in the appropriate section of the Book and Music list for the Liturgical Year. We will learn them in the sequence presented in the text, but the Book and Music List will list them at the appropriate season of the year for you to incorporate into your liturgical observance.

2

Listen to track 27, “O Filii”, of the CD accompanying Alan Jemison’s 36 Traditional Roman Catholic Hymns.

3

Listen to track 27, “O Filii”, of the CD accompanying Alan Jemison’s 36 Traditional Roman Catholic Hymns.

4

Listen to track 27, “O Filii”, of the CD accompanying Alan Jemison’s 36 Traditional Roman Catholic Hymns.