2nd Grade - Heroic Tales & Ethical Fables
Developmental Picture of the Student
By second grade, children have a depth of imagination, interest and focus that is strongly attuned to learning. They become increasingly 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.
How the Curriculum Meets the 2nd Grader
Through oral storytelling and the act of turning stories into writing, students work with daily practice on their developing language skills. An emphasis on language arts, form drawing and nature stories prepares the 2nd graders for writing and reading. The core stories involve heroic people from around the world juxtaposed with fables. The contrast between these two types of stories engage children with a strong picture of morality.
In written work and rhythmic movement exercises, students practice mastering the times and division tables as well as advanced addition and subtraction processes including transferring and place value.
Form drawing (creating simple geometric shapes) is taught to bring balance and control to handwork and prepare the children for cursive writing. These challenging exercises develop the child’s cognitive ability and flexible thinking.
The 2nd grade curriculum focuses on stories of heroic people around the world and juxtaposes these with fables that engage children with a strong picture of morality and responsibility.
Nature stories provide the basis for later studies in science, geography, geology and more. Students also engage in regular musical and artistic practice each day.
STUDENT BLOCK BOOK: THE KING OF IRELAND'S SON
The traditional quest narrative is experienced in the 2nd grade curriculum's Heroic Fables Block
2nd GRADE CURRICULUM COMPONENTS:
Preparation for the SCIENCES
FIELD TRIPS & COMMUNITY EVENTS
LIFE SKILLS EXPERIENCED IN 2nd GRADE
- Conducting responsible tasks and class/group dialogues
- Experiencing stories and texts (via songs, poems, and plays) that envision themes, situations and outcomes
- Accepting responsibility for clean-up duties and regular chores. Offering assistance with weekly classroom tasks