Well, first grade is over, and 2nd grade math is on. The general picture is still more important than details. 2nd grade math curriculum differs from country to country, but the basics are pretty much the same.
Math is important. We use it everyday. But we don’t use everything that we learned. So keep that in mind. In math everything can be understood if you explain it well – step by step, and practice it enough times.
Math is a fun and useful thing. If you start it right - it lays a good foundation throughout a whole education.
I like how time4learning sums up second grade math in 18 parts and gives a pretty good picture about it. Also math.about.com is giving its solid perspective.
Fractions – Children learn the difference between equal and unequal parts of the whole. Apart from halves, thirds and fourths – eighths kick in. (top)
Money – Still learning about values of coins. Counting, adding and subtracting up to 1 dollar. With money you can practice regrouping literally. :-) (top)
Patterns – Sorting and classifying thing (shapes, numbers, pictures, objects) by common attributes or patterns. Recognizing patterns on a chart to 100 and then applying it to the above mentioned skip counting. Try to identify a pattern in the world around us. (top)
Algebra – Number sentences, solving for unknown number, greater or less than, equal or unequal. (top)
Geometry – Identifying, describing, and comparing different types of 2D and 3D shapes and lines.
Identifying different shapes in everyday structures. Recognizing and comparing similar or congruent, perpendicular and parallel shapes and lines. Determining lines of symmetry, both vertical and horizontal.