Building on the skills taught in first grade, the second grade program continues to emphasize a hands-on approach to learning, while moving students toward a more independent model.
Children are encouraged to take more responsibility for their learning and to be problem-solvers, even as they work to strengthen their abilities to collaborate. Writing is also a significant piece of the second grade curriculum, and students explore and gain comfort with the written word through Writers’ Workshop.
- Singapore Math
- Social Studies
- Character Education/Service Learning
- Global Education
- Buddy Program
The writing program emphasizes the importance of constructing a comprehensive paragraph with a topic sentence and supporting details. Mid-year, students are introduced to multi-paragraphing, using transitional words and phrases, and they also develop literary book reports and creative stories, while reading in-class and individual novels and poems. Various forms of poetry are also explored, including haiku, cinquain, and free verse. Furthermore, students are introduced to more complex spelling patterns through our structured, linguistic program, where, each week, they take spelling and dictation tests. At the end of the year, the second graders begin to learn cursive writing. They also become increasingly familiar with the standard rules of grammar and punctuation.
Our second grade students continue to participate in the Writers' Workshop program at least three times a week. The goal of the program is for children to write what they know by selecting topics that are personally meaningful and relevant to them. Through focused mini-lessons and individual conferences with the teacher, students will enhance their craft as writers and become independent authors of a variety of literary pieces. At the conclusion of each instructional unit, students will publish a piece of their work and share it in celebration with the rest of the class.
Students make a difference in the lives of others through their participation in our acclaimed Character Education/Service Learning programs. In years past, they have raised money for natural disaster victims through a chore-a-thon and visited the Jewish Home for the Aging, bringing cheer to seniors' hearts.
Our state-of-the-art science lab and outdoor ecosystems and gardens provide wonderful places for students to engage in many hands-on learning opportunities. Science-themed field trips further enhance our children’s learning by providing them with real-life, science-centered experiences upon which to draw.