2nd Grade Curriculum

By second grade, children have a depth of imagination, interest and focus strongly attuned to learning.  They are more aware of their experiences in the larger world and the values and perspectives of others. Their sense of community deepens even as they extend the security of “family” to classmates and teachers.

WRITING
Writing through dictation, rhyming word families, sight words, and simple sentence construction. Children continue to produce vibrant, full-page lesson books, filled with letters, words, and pictures. 

READING
Practice spelling, phonics, punctuation, reading, sentence structure, capitalization, distinguishing upper and lower case letters, poetry, and rhyming. Literacy is built through listening, vocabulary development, poetry, and stories.

RECITATION
The vocabulary of poems and stories that the children commit to memory increases in complexity and length. Often the children work together to present their first class play, spoken in unison.

MATHEMATICS
Continuation with the four arithmetic processes includes a strong focus on the memorization of times tables. Place value is introduced and practiced in multi-digit problems employing carrying and borrowing

SCIENCES
Teachers use nature stories to personify natural and elemental principles. Class field trips to local arboretums and nature centers bring the environmental sciences and zoology alive for the students

MOVEMENT
1st and 2nd graders go to the park four afternoons a week and have multiple recesses every day. Also each day begins with 30 - 45 minutes of classroom movement and exercise

WORLD LANGUAGES
Alternating 6-week blocks of German and  Spanish provide cultural exposure, develops memory, language, translative thinking and vocabulary skills

ART
Daily practice with drawing (form drawings) and weekly wet on wet watercolor paintings are created for developmental (rather than artistic) capacities

HANDWORK
Knitting and Purling for coordination, focus and understanding patterns

MUSIC
Daily singing and pentatonic flute
 playing with class teacher. Lyre and singing lessons, with special subjects teacher.

EURYTHMY
An expressive, dance-like art form that establishes timing, coordination and spatial awareness. Twice weekly the students work with the Eurythmy teacher accompanied by a live pianist.

FIELD TRIPS & COMMUNITY EVENTS
Second graders take their first overnight trip to Glastonbury Farm in Indiana, where they learn about native plant species, foraging, and local animal life.

 

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STUDENT BLOCK BOOK: THE KING OF IRELAND'S SON

The traditional quest narrative is experienced in the 2nd grade curriculum's Heroic Fables Block