Mrs. McMahon has nearly 30 years of teaching experience in preschool through fourth grade. She has been teaching at OLQM since 1998. Prior to that, she taught at St. Isaac Jogues, in St. Clair Shores, Community Preschool (teacher and director) and Ferndale Public Schools. Mrs. McMahon attended St. Lawrence Catholic School, in Utica. She has a B.A. in elementary education from Michigan State University. She received her master of teaching degree (M.A.T.) in reading and language arts from Oakland University. Her two children are both OLQM K-8 graduates. She and her husband are parishioners and live in Beverly Hills.
The Second Grade Religion curriculum is a Christ-centered and balanced approach to catechesis focusing on the exploration of our Catholic faith. Students will reflect on Scripture and doctrine, plus prayer celebration in every class and during all the major seasons of the Church year. Our study initiates children into the community of faith and challenges them to discipleship. Students attend Mass weekly. Students actively participate in many Catholic traditions such as Stations of the Cross and traditional May Crowning. Second grade students will prepare and receive the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Holy Eucharist by opening their hearts to receive the gift of God’s love and forgiveness, and especially the gift of His Son, Jesus Christ.
English / Language Arts
The Second Grade ELA curriculum supports and encourages students to become powerful readers and writers. Students engage in individual and collaborative work to participate in a literate world. OLQM follows a balanced literacy model which includes: read aloud, shared reading, guided reading/strategy group work, reading workshop, word study/spelling/phonics, shared writing and writing workshop. We align our ELA curriculum with Archdiocese of Detroit Standards.
The Second Grade Math curriculum deepens and extends concepts previously learned. Students will understand place value relationships with numbers up to 1,000; build computational fluency with addition and subtraction: including 2 and 3-digit addition and subtraction, using metric and customary units of measure and data, describing and analyzing shapes and fractions.
Our Lady Queen of Martyrs follows a comprehensive math curriculum aligned with the Archdiocese of Detroit Math Standards. http://www.aod.org/schools/curriculum/k-8/2nd-grade/.
The Second Grade students are taught letter formation of upper and lower case manuscript letters. The keys to legibility stressed are shape, size, spacing and slant. Neatness and correct formation are important in all written work.
The Second Grade Social Studies curriculum will explore the disciplines of history, geography/map skills, civics and economics using the context of the local community.
The Second Grade Science curriculum teaches students the scientific process skills. Students study Physical Science: describing objects by properties: color, size, shape, texture, liquid or solid: Life Science: plants and animals basic requirements for life: Earth Science: describing major landforms of the earth, major bodies of water, and uses of water.