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Second Grade

The curriculum and experiences in second-grade build on the foundations of the first-grade year, including the established relationship with their class teacher.


The theme of second grade is Animal Fables from Around the World and Legends of Sages and Saints.  The fixed, predictable qualities of characters portrayed in Fables contrast with the high level of selflessness and courage revealed in the legends of important historical figures.

 Main Lesson Subjects 

  • Math: Four operations of arithmetic, beginning multiplication, mental math.  Rythmic times table practice.  Columnal additional, borrowing and carrying.  Skip counting.

  • Language Arts: Parts of Speech: nouns, verbs; Punctuation: (exclamation point, question mark, period); beginning cursive; decoding and sight word recognition; building fluency through regular practice (oral and silent reading); comprehension through story recall.  Form Drawing.

  • Natural Science: Nature stories; Nature walks in all seasons to forest and beach areas.

  • Living Science:  Scientific observations and experiments focusing on local plants, animals, and classroom surroundings.

  • History/Social Studies: History is brought forth through the study of Western and Multicultural stories that encompass wisdom from other traditions, including Native American Tales.

  • Class Play: Each class will practice and perform a class play or presentation tied to the curriculum shared with class families


Special Subjects 

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

  • Handwork: Knitting & hand sewing, 2 projects

  • Sculptural Arts: Beeswax modeling

  • Painting: Watercolor painting

  • Music: Singing in rounds, drumming, and introduction to instruments

  • Handwork: Introduction to knitting, 2 projects

  • Movement: Rhythm circle games, bean bags, jump rope, hand clapping

  • Nature Immersion:  All-weather hikes and immersion in the forest beach areas.

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.  At Spring River, the parents are ultimately in charge of their children's education, and the school is here to supplement and support.

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