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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.

Second Grade Curriculum

  • Language Arts: Aesop’s fables; legends of saints; lower-case letters and cursive writing; grammar; writing; recitation of poetry
  • Social Studies: Festival celebrations; legends and fables
  • Science: Nature stories; nature walks
  • Math: Place value; patterns in numbers; times tables—3, 4, 11; regrouping; the four processes
  • Spanish & German: Vocabulary; songs; dances; poetry; conversation
  • Art: Wet-on-wet watercolor painting; beeswax modeling; crayon drawing; form drawing
  • Practical Arts: Crocheting; gift-making
  • Drama: Re-enactment of fables and legends; class play; assembly performances
  • Music: Pentatonic flutes; singing
  • Movement: Two outdoor recesses a day; Eurythmy; traditional dance; physical education; daily exercises to develop fine and gross motor skills

Second Grade Highlights

Duality

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.


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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