Brandy Treadway

2nd Grade Teacher

Hello, Christ Lutheran!  

I’m Brandy Treadway, and I’ll be serving this school as the 2nd grade teacher. I graduated from Grand Canyon University in 2019 with two bachelors in Elementary Education and Special Education. I’ve spent the last four years serving as a certified special education teacher in Tucson, and am eagerly awaiting this new chapter teaching in Palos Verdes with my niece and nephew who also attend Christ Lutheran! I love spending time with my family and grateful to get to be apart of their school.

As a teacher, there are three goals I look forward to pursuing. 

1) Students will fully experience the love God has for them, namely by having a teacher who knows and cares for them. 

2) Students will feel their worth and their own capabilities through Christ who strengthens them, by recognizing their strengths, and celebrating when they reach their set goals.

3) And lastly, students will enjoy learning through engaging projects, games, and laughter. It’s my hope to share with the students the joy God has given me!
I’m ready to serve on a team of amazing Christian colleagues, working together to equip students to know the Gospel and God’s word, and to prepare them academically, and socially, for the beautiful life He has planned for them.

“Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves “Philippians 2:3

Curriculum Overview of 2nd Grade

LEARNING GOD’S WORD

PARAGRAPH In second grade, our students delve deeper into specific areas of the Bible. They look to both the Old Testament and New Testament to teach the students God’s Word. The parts of the Bible focused on in second grade are:

  • Old Testament
  • How God made the world
  • The Ten Commandments
  • Bible Heroes
  • New Testament
  • Jesus is Coming
  • The Miracles of Jesus
  • How Jesus Saves Us

MEMORY

The second graders deepen their understanding of the Bible through their memory work. Each memory verse correlates to their Learning God’s Word curriculum. The focus is on scripture verses from both the Old and New Testaments.

SPELLING AND VOCABULARY

Our second graders work on memorizing words with the same spelling patterns. They focus on phonics through their different spelling activities. Throughout the year, they focus on different enrichment activities to solidify their weekly vocabulary. In addition, the second graders do proofreading practices and lessons focused on learning how to correctly utilize the dictionary.

LANGUAGE ARTS

In second grade, language arts is based on phonemic awareness. The second graders work on more complex words and letter sounds. They work on literature and comprehension as well as the mechanics of language. The curriculum is divided into:

  • Phonics
  • Literature
  • Comprehension
  • Writing strategies
  • The parts of speech
  • Writing mechanics
  • Spelling

MATH

In second grade, the students continue to work on the basic mathematical skills they learned in first grade. They work on building their understanding of whole numbers and algebraic functions. In addition, they work on data analysis based on charts. In math, they will focus on the following areas:

  • Number sense and numeration
  • Concepts of whole number operations
  • Whole number computation
  • Fractions
  • Money, temperature, and calendars
  • Geometry and spatial relationships
  • Measurements
  • Data analysis and statistics
  • Problem solving
  • Algebra and algebraic functions

SOCIAL STUDIES

Students will work on five specific areas in social studies. Those areas are:

  • Map skills
  • Depending on others
  • Knowing your family
  • Living in our country
  • People who have made a difference

SCIENCE

Science this year focuses on four major areas. Those areas of focus are broken down into subcategories. The four areas are:

  • Life Science
  • Animals
  • Physical Science
  • Matter
  • Sound
  • Heat
  • Light
  • Earth Science
  • The earth
  • Human Body
  • How your body works
  • Nutrition

ART

Once a quarter, a parent volunteer leads the class in an Art To Grow On project. The class is introduced to an artist and his/her works. Then the student makes their own interpretation of those works. There are also many seasonal art projects using various mediums. Art is incorporated into projects and activities across the curriculum.

The ART Attacks program is used weekly. This program gives instruction on the principles and elements of style, aesthetic valuing, specific artists and the history in which they created their art, and then allows the students to create their own masterpieces.

PHYSICAL EDUCATION

Gym time is twice a week. The students are introduced to and are taught different games that lay the foundation for individual and team sports. Perceptual motor activities are designed to challenge the senses through figure-ground discrimination, auditory identification, and kinesthetic awareness.

TECHNOLOGY

Technology is an integral part of second grade. The students have computer class twice a week. In addition, there are computers and IPads in the classroom which the students use for Accelerated Reading and Star Reader (individualized programs). Students also listen to weekly stories online and are introduced to many educational games during literacy rotations.

  • Typingweb.com – each student has their own account to learn and improve on their typing skills
  • “Techno Author” – learn how to format text and create illustrations; plan and organize story ideas to write an original fairy tale with formatting and illustrations (Microsoft Word)
  • “Techno Fit” – intro to desktop publishing; create a food group guide, design a menu, create a side-fold card (Microsoft Publisher)
  • Internet Safety

MUSIC

“Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.”

Plato

The music program at Christ Lutheran School (Grades K-6) employs the Orff-Schulwerk process, in which students, through play, movement, improvisation and creativity, learn musical concepts and theory. Singing and rhythm training is a regular part of the curriculum. Students are assessed in their ability to keep a steady beat, sing on pitch, and their understanding of basic music theory. The goal of the music program is not to create future musicians, but to foster a safe environment in which students enjoy the art of music, and are encouraged to be creative and expressive without judgment. Students learn to objectively asses what they hear or what their fellow students create.

“The fact that children make beautiful music is less significant than the fact that music makes children beautiful.”

Cheryl Lavender

FIELD TRIPS

Field trips are held periodically throughout the school year to coincide with classroom learning. In addition, there is an end of the year field trip / fun day that is determined by the classroom teacher to celebrate the close of the academic year.

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