No two kids are alike. But it helps to have a basic idea of the academic and social skills your child should have in school. Use this checklist to get an idea of what you can expect your child to do by the end of second grade:

Begin to use reason

Be better at focusing

Get better at understanding more detailed information

Work well and show cooperation with a partner or a small group

Understand the difference between right and wrong

Have a bigger vocabulary

Read easily (fluently) and with expression

Read many irregularly spelled words such as “because” and “upon”

Begin to use a dictionary

Add single- and multi-digit numbers with regrouping

Tell time to the quarter-hour

Understand the concept of multiplication 


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