Urban Prairie Waldorf School

Second Grade

The Child

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 Class

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.

 

The Curriculum:

 

Mathematics

  • Place value
  • Times tables up to 12 through rhythmical practice and movement.
  • Number patterns
  • Vertical multi-digit addition and subtraction

 

Music

  • Pentatonic Flute
  • Seasonal Songs and Games
  • Singing Lessons

Language Arts

  • Sight word acquisition
  • More letter blends and word families
  • Cursive writing
  • Reading groups
  • Writing summaries of fables and stories
  • Grammar, punctuation and capitalization
  • Oral recitation and drama

 

Art

  • Beeswax modeling
  • Wet on wet water color painting
  • Basic drawing
  • Form drawing

Mandarin Chinese and Spanish Immersion Class

  • Become comfortable speaking and answering questions in class
  • Vocabulary including numbers, animals, family members, foods, seasons and colors.

Movement

  • Large muscle activities, circle games and movement exercises
  • Jumping rope
  • Skipping, hopping and climbing
  • Children also enjoy daily recess time.

 

Literature

  • Fables
  • Stories of noble and valiant people
  • Native American tales

 

Eurythmy

  • Establish timing, coordination and spatial awareness

Natural Sciences

  • Nature studies
  • Observation of the weather and environment

 

Field Trip

  • Class enjoys an 2 night camping trip to a farm or other point of interest based on the curriculum.

Handwork

  • Purling
  • Knitting