Young children, who are sensitive to change, enjoy the security of knowing one teacher’s personality and methods intimately and thoroughly. The second grade child is like a butterfly who has just emerged from the chrysalis and sits upon the leaf waiting expectantly for new wings, poised for flight.
Language Arts – Literature from many cultures creates natural incentives for second graders to strengthen their reading and writing skills. Studies in one of two foreign languages are continued.
Mathematics – Imaginative stories are used to illustrate addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. Rhythmic counting by 2’s, 3’s, 4’s and 5’s, and early multiplication tables are internalized through use of whole body movement and artful number tables. These basics, which kids need draw on many times over their lifetimes, are deeply and positively engrained by such methods.
Art – Crocheting is introduced, and children undertake useful, beautiful textile handwork projects. Musical instruction expands on earlier learning and includes singing and flute lessons.
Science – Observation skills are strengthened through outdoor experiences and lessons about growing and living things, natural processes, and seasonal changes.