Second Grade

Note: Class teachers of combined classes have adjusted the traditional main lesson block schedule with thoughtful consideration to meet the ages within and the children within their class.  Depending on the needs of an individual child, and the homeschooling plan the family is following, more study may be needed at home to compliment the classes chosen at Spring River. Talk to your teacher or the program director for more information.

In second grade children, an awareness of opposites begins to unfold. If a circle of children with everyone facing the center is the metaphorical picture of togetherness in a healthy first grade, the image of the second grade is the circle with children becoming increasingly aware of what goes on around them.

 Main Lesson Subjects (covered in 3 hour sessions, 2-4 days per week)

  • Math: Continue with four operations of arithmetic; story problems; skip counting by 2, 3, 4, 5… through 12; beginning multiplication tables

  • Language Arts: Elements of grammar (naming, describing words); beginning cursive; animal fables and legends of sages and saints from around the world; decoding and sight word recognition; building fluency through regular practice (oral and silent reading); comprehension through story recall

  • Natural Science: Nature studies and walks through the seasons

  • Social Studies: Multicultural stories

  • Visual & Performing Arts: Form drawing, painting, beeswax modeling, drawing, music 

Enrichment Subjects (1-5 days per week)

  • World Language: Introduction to Spanish through songs, stories and rhymes, imitation and gesture

  • Living Science:  To cultivate a sense of awe in the students regarding science and the natural world around them using experiences with scientific concepts, observations, and experiments to form meaningful impressions that can building onto future experiments and deeper learning. Focus: Trees, local fauna and floral seasonal

  • Forest School:  A 5-hour outdoor, experiential nature immersion class.

  • Visual & Performing Arts: drama, singing, recorder

  • Handwork: Knitting (fine motor skills, concentration, sense of form), simple woodwork accompanied by story and song

  • Movement/Physical Education/Games:  Circle games, imaginative and cooperative games; movement combined with music and singing; throwing and catching, rhythmic stepping, balancing.

During the year, your child's teacher will plan field trips to enhance what's being taught in class. Advance notice will be given and we encourage parents to plan to attend whenever possible.

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