Second graders have adapted to the new life of the class. They start to experience the positive and negative aspects of personality, both their own and others. Traditional fables show these positive and negative human traits – honesty and deceit, trust and betrayal, kindness and cruelty – sharply contrasted in the guise of animal characters. The fables give the teacher ample material to address the antics which present themselves in the class. Likewise, legends of good and honorable human beings offer the children pictures of highly developed human behavior.
The Second Grade Curriculum is full of rich images, stories, and concepts, which match the child’s developmental needs and cultivates excitement in the learning process. Through all subjects, art is integrated seamlessly into the curriculum to create a rich sensory experience, grow artistic skills, and make learning imaginative and engaging.
Language Arts: is brought to second grade through the study of fables and tales of noble people from around the world. Second graders are at a place in their development where they explore different identities and aspects of their own human nature. These stories of both human foibles and human nobleness help children explore their own character. These stories are also a primary way in which we introduce and embed the academic elements of the curriculum—such as vocabulary development, vowel patterns, sight words, and parts of speech. Our curriculum endeavors to develop rich imagery and comprehension skills and to build the ability to summarize, write, and retell.
Mathematics: Through active, multi-sensory methods, children further their conceptual understanding of the four processes and place value. They build knowledge of the times tables through skip counting, and learn how to add and subtract larger numbers using hands on manipulatives. Students develop inner pictures through number stories in order to understand the concepts that are represented by math symbols and processes.
Science: Students continue garden time and inquiry-based Science explorations guided by the Next Generation Science Standards. Through hands-on garden and science activities they hone observational skills and build wonder for the natural world, which leads to a desire to respect and protect it.
Social Studies: Students consider the importance of individual action and character and explore how noble people have made a difference in others’ lives.
Movement and Handwork continue to challenge the children physically, builds their coordination, and fosters healthy brain development through body-brain integration.