“My child LOVES to go to school! I can’t put it any simpler than that.”- Father of a Student in Second Grade, 2014
When they move into second grade, children enter a new stage in their learning. The climb up the stairs to the second floor of the Mason House, and having a desk of their own are just two of the signs that they are taking greater responsibility, working more independently, and being increasingly accountable for their learning and actions.
Second grade students continue to develop their skills through guided reading and start to make the important transition from learning to read to reading to learn.
Through the Singapore math program students further develop their understanding of place value and begin to add and subtract larger numbers using regrouping. They solve story problems using the strategy of model drawing and continue to develop problem solving skills.
Throughout the year in science, they explore how the physical world has changed over time through an integrated curriculum that moves from rocks, fossils and volcanoes to the formation of islands and a study of the ocean. The opportunity to explore various themes allows the students to learn and develop important research skills through their investigations.
Classroom projects include making a travel brochure about an island, as well as which creating an individual ocean-related project that is reflective of the growth they have made in working responsibly and independently. Second graders participate weekly in French, music, art, library, physical education, science, technology and drama classes taught by specialists who work closely with the classroom teachers to integrate the curriculum so that subjects are studied in depth and from many viewpoints.