Grade 2

A Foundation for Learning

Second graders are becoming grounded in their development and focused in their learning. The children have an emerging a sense of themselves and an awareness of peoples’ values, perspectives, imperfections, and gifts. Through the year they strengthen core academic skills in mathematics and writing.

Recitation of poems, rhymes, and tongue twisters delight second graders and help them with phonetic awareness and clarity of speech. Children learn cursive writing and work with addition, times and division tables, and borrowing and place value.

Fables, Folklore, and Legends

Second graders begin to recognize the impact of individual actions. They are drawn to stories of the saints and legends of noble people with purpose. They identify with animal characters from stories such as Aesop’s Fables, Jataka Tales, and Native American and African Legends.

Subjects

Language Arts

  • Introduction to the parts of speech: nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs
  • Spelling, punctuation, sentence structure, capitalization
  • Beginning composition
  • Stories, poetry, verse
  • Class play: group choral form
  • Cursive writing

Mathematics

  • Practice with four processes: addition, subtraction, multiplication, division
  • Algorithms of column addition and subtraction
  • Place value: units, tens, and hundreds
  • Borrowing or "taking"
  • Times tables
  • Mental math

Social Studies

Deepening of First Grade curriculum:

  • Mythologies of global cultures and folks tales from around the world
  • Descriptions of different cultures and environments through oral storytelling
  • Comprehensive through recitation and artistic representation

Science

Deepening of First Grade Curriculum:

  • Stories of the seasons and the natural world
  • Exploration of nature
  • Gardening: tending a plot, growth cycle of plants, and gardening stories

Form Drawing

  • vertical and horizontal symmetry
  • forms through four quadrants in sequence
  • inward and outward spirals

Spanish

  • Immersion through speech; presentation of vocabulary through stories
  • Recitation of poetry, songs, and stories; and accompanying movement and gestures
  • Comprehension and speech practiced: size, color, number, how many, what is it, I have, and identifying commands

Mandarin

  • Language immersion and recitation of poetry, songs, and stories, folklore; and accompany movement and gestures
  • Language learning focus on themes of nature, seasons, holidays, and families

  • Drawing lays foundation for characters

Handwork

  • Perfect knitting skills of First Grade
  • Learn purling, adding and reducing stitches, correcting mistakes
  • Knit a doll

Music

  • Music written in the mood of the fifth: open fifth as basic melodic element
  • Songs in unison
  • Melodies taught through imitation
  • Instruments: klangspiels, pentatonic lyres, and pentatonic flutes

Eurythmy

  • Movement for the vowels and consonants
  • Deepening of elements of pitch and rhythm
  • Exercises to build balance, agility, coordination, and fine motor skills

Games & Gym

  • Themed games based on nature and historical games from around the world.
  • Parachute games, relay races, beginning ball games, handing and swinging apparatus, basic rock and rope climbing skills
  • Spatial Dynamic exercises, jumping and vaulting, jump ropes and hula hoops, self-control games, beginning tumbling, balancing and rhythm activities.

Grade 2 Faculty

Corinne Fendell
Class Teacher

Kristin Joyce-Ragudo
Music
Kiki Neibuhr
Assistant

Maria Loreto

Spanish

Christine Wang

Mandarin

Deborah LeDean
Handwork Assistant

Erin Kemp

Handwork

Monika Leitz

Eurythmy

Mona Nemetz

Games and Gym

Karmin Guzder
Gardening

Joyful Music

Children learn simple melodies on the pentatonic flute and lyre. There are singing games, stories, and experiential lessons in which children identify musical elements: light and dark, high and low, fast and slow, soft and loud (music theory comes later). Instruments and musical pieces, largely in the "fifth," create a sense of musical balance and freedom.