The Second Grader’s journey emerges from the world of fairy tales and moves on to the polarity of Legends and Fables. In the legends they encounter the courage, devotion, compassion, and humility of saintly people; in the fables, the cunning, pride, greed, conceit, and trickery of which humans and animals are capable. The eight-year-olds meet the stories with enthusiasm, happily reenacting them as they recognize right and wrong. Their awareness of others increases, together with their capacity for cooperation.
Many First Grade activities are expanded upon: for example, students can now grasp the concept of place value in Arithmetic, and their Reading and Writing skills expand to encompass cursive and lower-case letters, word families, and recurring patterns of letters such as blends and digraphs. Fine and gross motor skills, sequential development memory, body geography skills, and social cognitive skills are exercised consciously and daily. Nature walks help the child build a relationship with the earth and satisfy curiosity about the animal and plant kingdoms.
Field Trips may include parks; farms; nature preserves; orchards.
Second graders go home before lunch on Thursdays to give them a rest in their busy week.