When I Am…in 2nd Grade


Second graders are gaining strength in both big and small muscles and can play for longer periods without getting tired. They are understating cause and effect and have longer attention spans. They have overcome left and right ambiguity and are beginning to read maps and understand geography. Second graders begin to understand concepts such as time and money and may enjoy collecting items and sorting them into categories.

Second graders enjoy planning, building, and working with groups. They may be interested in magic tricks and riddles as they explore how things work and increase their understanding of language.

Play continues to play an important part in the development of your second grader.

Recommended Books & Resources

  • A Place Where Sunflowers Grow, by Amy Lee-Tai
  • Akimbo and the Lions by Alexander McCall Smith
  • Don’t Touch my Hat by James Rumford
  • Pirates Don’t Change Diapers by Melinda Long