Second graders practice and build on the numeracy and literacy skills learned in first grade. In math blocks, students continue to work on the four processes and begin learning the multiplication tables by rote and through rhythmic games. Second graders practice consonant blends and word families, and writing in sentences. Their reading skills emerge from familiarity with their own writing and with letter shapes and sounds.
Eight year-olds begin to be aware of their separateness from others. At the same time, the social cohesiveness so strongly fostered in first grade begins to take root. While friendships form, individual differences also become more apparent. The sense of polarization that second graders experience is mirrored in the historical focus for the year: the two extremes of moral conduct illustrated by stories of compassionate people contrasted with animal fables. Nature stories, riddles, and poetry also inform the second grade studies—whether math, science, movement, or art.
In handwork, students learn the purl stitch and knit beautiful cases for their wooden flutes. The second-graders develop physical coordination and spatial awareness by participating in games and Eurythmy in movement.
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