Grade Two serves as a bridge between the dreamy playfulness of Grade One and the dramatic birth of the individual in Grade Three. At this age, children still have some of the imaginative consciousness of early childhood but are becoming more aware of themselves and others. Solid bases continue to be laid on three primary fronts: language arts and the ongoing preparation toward strong reading and writing skills; mathematics through solid acquisition of addition, subtraction, multiplication, division and place value; and nature stories providing the basis for later studies in science and geography.

Grade Two continues to be structured around rhythm: the monthly change of the Main Lesson block; the rhythm of the lesson balances quiet focus and active movement as well as thinking and creative work; each Main Lesson has a rhythm of introduction, recall and creation; students engage with the same material in different ways.

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Main Lesson Subjects

Writing ( punctuation, syllables, capital letters, writing sentences); early reading skills; arithmetic ( multiplication tables, work with four processes, including carrying and borrowing); fables, legends and stories of saints; a class play drawn from the curriculum may be staged.

Language Arts

Language Arts includes writing, reading, elements of grammar, speech formation, and drama. Grade Two storytelling focuses on traditional fables that satisfy children’s deep interest in the animal kingdom, along with legends that emphasize the noblest of human qualities, highlight positive and negative human traits, and demonstrate a person’s ability to choose a higher path. These stories speak directly to the inner life experience of the Grade Two child. Recitation to build memory skills is central to class work. Hundreds of lines will be learned and retained over the course of the year, from the lines for the class play, to the many verses and stories told throughout the year. This capacity for memorization will stand the students in good stead in the academic years ahead.

Mathematics

Mathematics includes all four operations, geometric movement, place value, and carrying/borrowing. Mathematical concepts continue to be shared with imaginative stories forming the basis of problems. Movement and other creative activities continue to foster strong math skills. The movement process grounds the learning in the body, rather than just in the head, deepening learning and making it accessible for wider use in later years.

Subject Lessons

Two contrasting secondary languages (French and German); music (singing and recorder playing); eurythmy (a movement art) when possible; watercolour painting; drawing; modeling; knitting; crochet; games; form drawing; crafts; nature walks.

Field trips in Grade Two build an understanding of the connection between the children and our environment. They can include trips to a farm, fruit picking, and nature walks around the parkland near the school. This direct experience of the natural world is an important base upon which to build future respect for the environment and the importance of sustainability.