Class Teacher, Faculty
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.
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
Animal fables, legends and folklore from many cultures, stories of heroes and exemplary people.
Oral poetry and storytelling, individual and group recitation, cursive writing, reading lesson books and literature, spelling plays.
Practice of four math processes, computation, rhythmical counting by 1s-12s, mental math.
Relationship and responsibility between human beings and nature, nature observation.
Dynamic and flowing forms and symmetry, introduction of cursive writing, wet-on-wet watercolor, modeling from beeswax.
Knitting and purling, casting on and binding off, increasing and decreasing.
Contraction and expansion, concentration, dexterity and opposites, rhythm of language, forming circles and figure eights, high and low tones.
Circle and singing games, emphasis on opposites, jump rope and hopscotch.
Oral language experiences, vocabulary, phrases, questions and responses, numbers.
Songs, games, poems and plays, cultural traditions, vocabulary and numbers.
Simple practical tasks and garden skills emphasizing cooperation, themes related to respecting nature, observation.
Food vocabulary, traditional foods from around the world, caring for chickens, the sensory experience of food, bread baking. Sensing balance in our diet.