The 2nd grade skills that Saxon Math 2 teaches include skip counting by 1’s, 2’s, 3’s, 4’s, 5’s, 10’s, 25’s, and 100’s; master all basic addition and subtraction facts; master multiplication facts to 5; add and subtract two-digit numbers; tell time to five minute intervals; identify lines of symmetry; create, read, and write observations from real graphs, pictographs, bar graphs, Venn diagrams, and line graphs.
Like the earlier grades, Saxon 2nd grade math curriculum starts each day’s lesson with a “meeting” which involves review and mental work, time and calendar practice, skip counting, and the like. After that warm-up comes the actual lesson. For the lesson, the teacher reads to the student from the script, occasionally using manipulatives to demonstrate the concept. After this, the student works worksheet problems on his own.
Even in these early grades, Saxon Math utilizes a version of its characteristic incremental and review approach. Concepts are broken into increments (or small pieces), before being taught one piece at a time, gradually building up to the complete idea. Students repeat daily reviews to ensure that over time these concepts become so familiar they are second nature.