2nd Grade

MY TWO HANDS ARE PREPARED FOR SO MANY GOOD DEEDS

The second grade student now begins to sense that there is more to life than the innocent, imaginative, “the world and I are one” experience of Grade 1. The child becomes more aware of the greatness and the failings of human beings. Thus it is timely that fables, often illustrating exaggerated human traits such as greed, boastfulness, stubbornness, and the lives of exemplary people who demonstrate the higher qualities of humanity.

GRADE TWO

Duality is explored in grade two. Through the use of animal fables, such as the fox who tries and tries but gives up on the grapes, in juxtaposition with stories of exemplary people who tried and never gave up, such as Ghandi, Mother Theresa, Martin Luther King and others, a picture begins to develop of the higher and lower self and the concept of responsibility. This is a picture that is coming into the social life of the child and practiced daily in their peer relationships. These stories live and grow in the child and hold their interest as they delve deeper into language arts and writing. In written work and creative movement students will advance in the four mathematical processes by mastering the times tables and working on advanced addition and subtraction processes such as place value and transferring. Multiple learning modalities are engaged giving all different kinds of learners routes to successful comprehension and daily the children have the opportunity to work both independently and in groups.

Artwork by Christa Valdez, Mountain Song Community School

2ND GRADE CURRICULUM COMPONENTS

HISTORY AND LITERATURE

Animal fables, legends and folklore from many cultures, stories of heroes and exemplary people.

LANGUAGE ARTS

Oral poetry and storytelling, individual and group recitation, cursive writing, reading lesson books and literature, spelling plays.

MATHEMATICS

Practice of four math processes, computation, rhythmical counting by 1s-12s, mental math.

GEOGRAPHY AND SCIENCE

Relationship and responsibility between human beings and nature, nature observation.

FINE ARTS

Dynamic and flowing forms and symmetry, introduction of cursive writing, wet-on-wet watercolor, modeling from beeswax.

HANDWORK

Knitting and purling, casting on and binding off, increasing and decreasing.

EURYTHMY

Contraction and expansion, concentration, dexterity and opposites, rhythm of language, forming circles and figure eights, high and low tones.

MOVEMENT

Circle and singing games, emphasis on opposites, jump rope and hopscotch.

MUSIC

Oral language experiences, vocabulary, phrases, questions and responses, numbers.

WORLD LANGUAGE

Songs, games, poems and plays, cultural traditions, vocabulary and numbers.

AGRICULTURE ARTS

Simple practical tasks and garden skills emphasizing cooperation, themes related to respecting nature, observation.

COOKING ARTS/NUTRITION

Food vocabulary, traditional foods from around the world, caring for chickens, the sensory experience of food, bread baking. Sensing balance in our diet.

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