MY CHILD IN SCHOOL – Informed Parent, Involved Parent


What your child is learning

In Grade 2, your child learns about listening, speaking, reading, writing, viewing, and representing. Grade 2 children learn about setting goals for what they will learn and keeping track of new learning goals.

Your child learns to understand and communicate about what he or she sees and hears, for example in books, poems, videos, and art. Your child learns to:

  • use strategies to understand ideas and information;
  • show the connections between what he or she reads and watches and his or her own feelings, experiences, and ideas;
  • ask questions to learn more about ideas and topics;
  • find information with help from the teacher, from libraries, tables of contents, pictures, multimedia materials, elders and others.

Your child learns to communicate ideas in various ways, such as by telling stories, acting, and writing. Your child learns to:

  • think about what his or her ideas look like or sound like to others by changing their words, pictures, or presentation;
  • spell familiar words using a variety of strategies (such as phonics, remembering what the word looks like, and word parts) and resources (such as personal dictionaries and classroom charts); and
  • choose ideas, pictures, and objects to present and speak clearly.

Learning to co-operate in large and small groups is important in Grade 2.

To find out more about what your child is learning, talk to the teacher.

You may also refer to the Manitoba curriculum documents.

How your child is assessed

The teacher will report on your child’s progress three times a year. Here are the English Language Arts reporting areas and some examples of what the teacher will assess.

Comprehension (Reading, Listening and Viewing)

  • What does your child do to understand stories, information and pictures?
  • How does your child use actions, drawings and words to show their understanding?
  • How does your child follow the steps and explain ways to do a task?

Communication (Writing, Speaking and Representing

  • How does your child share questions, ideas and information about a particular topic?
  • How does your child express and organize ideas for writing, representing and speaking?
  • How does your child select and organize important information and identify where the information came from?

Critical Thinking:  

  • How does your child compare stories, events and information to their own experiences or knowledge?
  • How does your child examine information to decide if it is useful or important?
  • How does your child recognize and use appropriate language for different situations and people?


Frequently Asked Questions

How do children learn to read and write?

How can I help my child? What tips can I use to help my child learn to read?

Where can I get support in helping my child to read and write?

Why is critical thinking important at this age?