What’s Up in Second Grade?


These days, the second graders are learning to arrange higher numbers (up to 999) in ascending or descending order.

“Range dans l’ordre croissant.” = Arrange [these numbers] in ascending order.

French Communication: Reading

“My goal in reading,” says teacher Wiltha, “is to help the students read a text in a way that brings it to life and respects the punctuation.  We also work on pronunciation and their ability to answer questions relating to the text they just read.”

French Communication: Oral Communication

“Right now, we are working on the verbs and expressions to describe personal taste, desire, feelings, and preference,” says Wiltha.  “For example, ‘What do you like? I like rice.’ or ‘What do you want? I want to go to school.'”

(Here two of the students practice expressing themselves in conversation.)

French Communication: Grammar

In French grammar, the students are learning about noun complements.  “I’m teaching them how to identify the complement, as well as how to ask a question to determine the complement,” explains Wiltha. “These question use the word ‘which,’ as in ‘Which hat?’ or ‘Which dress?'” (This is a little more complicated in French as the word for “which” changes, depending on whether the noun is masculine or feminine.)

Apparently, this is how one student feels about French grammar, and I don’t blame her!

French Communication: Vocabulary

You have probably noticed that the class is spending a lot of time in French.  Although Haitian Creole is the heart language for the majority of Haitians, an ability to speak and understand French well is essential to successfully pursuing higher education and a professional career in Haiti.  It also exponentially increases your ability to function and be taken seriously in a variety of social contexts.  It is therefore important for the students in the early grades to get a solid foundation in French.  (In fact, they start as soon as they enter the first year of kindergarten.)

Currently, the kids are learning the vocabulary and spelling for  common words in various categories (for example, at school, at home, in the kitchen, etc).

In these particular pictures, the students are writing words related to the kitchen, such as bottle, napkin, strainer, and tablecloth.

Social Science

In social sciences, the students are learning the four directions and how to orient themselves accordingly.