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.
- Language Arts
- Social Studies
- Form Drawing
- 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
Games and Gym
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.