Mastery of all these skills is extremely important in order to develop a solid math foundation. The second grade math program will add onto these first grade skills, so any time spent learning or reinforcing these concepts will be very beneficial for your child. Each year builds upon the previous year’s skills in math. Any areas your child has difficulty you may want to give them additional practice. Student mastery of the basic math skills is as important to success in future mathematical procedures and reasoning as learning the alphabet is to reading and writing.