What can you expect from second grade? In second grade, your child will make considerable leaps in reading, writing and math skills. Your child will use new vocabulary, orally and in writing. By the end of the year, your child should be reading fluently. Work will become more challenging, and the amount of homework will increase. To support your child, set up a library at home with books and magazines at different reading levels and genres. Read plays aloud with your child to build fluency and expression.