In Grade Two, children begin to become more aware of differing strengths and abilities in themselves and others. Second Grade bridges the dreamy imaginativeness of First Grade and the dramatic birth of the individual in Third Grade. Legends are told to highlight a human's ability to overcome adversity. Children start to experience and explore the positive and negative aspects of personality, including: honesty and deceit, trust and betrayal, kindness and cruelty.
The curriculum for Grade Two focuses on:
- Elements of Grammar
- Speech Formation
Grade Two storytelling focuses on traditional fables that satisfy children's deep interest in the animal kingdom, and legends that emphasize the noblest of human qualities, highlight positive and negative human traits and demonstrate a person's ability to choose a higher path. These stories speak directly to the inner-life and experience of the eight-year-old.
- All Four Operations (addition, subtraction, division, multiplication)
- Geometric Movement
- Place Value
The children's understanding of number quality is broadened through the study of place value (1-1000), and the children learn to add and subtract large numbers by carrying and borrowing. They continue to work with all four arithmetical operations and the multiplication tables. Mathematical concepts continue to be shared with imaginative stories forming the basis of problems.
Field trips and regular walks in the trees and field behind the school reveal the world of nature and serve as a simple introduction to environmental science providing the basis for latter studies in both science and geography.
Social Sciences and Pre-History
- Multi-Cultural Fables and Legends
Celtic and native stories are told to highlight moral and life lessons bringing an awareness of cultural diversity and other key values.
The children continue their oral introduction to both foreign languages building on research that identifies young children's innate capacity to learn languages from the spoken word.
- Watercolour Painting
- Beeswax Modeling
- Form Drawing
- Class Play
Drawing trains motor skills, awakens powers of observation, and provides a foundation for the introduction to handwriting, and the later study of geometry.
- Knitting and Making Soft Toys
To support fine motor skills and assist in mathematical learnings, knitting is an exceptional tool that supports quiet study and concentration.
- Cooperative Games
- Day Hikes
Physical activity is a key component in Waldorf education. Seen as a necessity for all children, movement throughout the day supports learning and physical development. A continued introduction to Eurythmy
, provides the foundation for future in depth study.