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Much of who the child is in first grade continues on in second grade but now with more form and ability. The events and experiences of the outside world are filtered through the child’s imagination and rearranged in accord with child’s perception of the world. The second grader is still connected with the world as a whole and sees herself as part of her community. As the year progresses, however, this wholeness gives way to a growing polarity. The child begins to vacillate between being saintly and naughty or courageous and whiny. The second grader explores his own inner life and how it relates to the greater world around him.
The initial experiences of the 1st grade are deepened and enhanced in the 2nd grade. This time is used primarily for practicing and developing all the new skills from the previous year. To assist the children with their growing polarity, the second graders explore the landscape of personality traits through fables and stories of noble historic figures: the good and the bad, the beautiful and the ugly.
Second grade is a time when a child’s sensory-motor system, a foundation for all higher learning, culminates its most intense growth period. As such, students receive a 2nd grade assessment toward near the end of the year to provide a better understanding of each child’s strengths and weaknesses in the areas of fine and gross motor development, balance, bilateral integration, early movement patterns (reflexes), body geography, spatial orientation, dominance, and visual and auditory processing. By observing these, we are better able to assess a child’s readiness to take on more complex and challenging academic work and further support him or her in the classroom and at home.
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