The Second Grade Developmental Screening

A tool for monitoring student progress
During the Second Grade year, each student is individually assessed by an Educational Support teacher to identify any challenges that might be affecting the student’s progress. Conducted unobtrusively during the school day, the assessment consists of coordination exercises, drawing, and other activities. If any challenges are identified, recommendations are made to the class teacher and the child’s parents, and the Educational Support Group (a committee of Educational Support and other teachers) chooses the appropriate therapist. The school offers the following services:

Therapeutic Eurythmy
, a medically based movement therapy that addresses a wide range of developmental, medical and constitutional issues;

Music Therapy
, which awakens listening and hearing, develops a sense of rhythm, deepens breathing, and addresses social/emotional and sensory challenges;

Orton-Gillingham Language-Based Instruction
, a multisensory approach to instruction in reading, spelling, and writing that complements Waldorf methods and introduces the elements of language systematically.

If indicated, additional outside services may also be recommended.


Second Grade Handwork: Crocheting

In second grade crocheting emphasizes one hand instead of two. The balance is different although both hands are busy. It takes a new more intense kind of concentration.

This is another rhythmical, repetitive activity with the hands that strengths the will and brings clarity to the thinking.

-David Mitchell and Patricia Livingston, Waldorf Educators
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