Class 2: Ms. Tiffany (2023/2024)
Live Zooms in Pacific Time
Track 1 Class Zoom: Monday at 11 am
Enrichment: Tuesday 8 am
Track 2 Class Zoom: Monday at 2 pm
Enrichment: Tuesday 9am (Handwork 8:30 am PT)
Parent Office Hour: Wednesday 3pm
"I have been in Ms Tiffany's class since early December 2020. I signed up initially because my sister had told me about the program, as her daughter is in an older class. When I joined I didn't really know what to expect. I have been so impressed and pleased with each and every lesson plan she offers. Her personality is magnetic and my son, Beau, watches her in Circle Time and Story time like she is sitting right next to him in the room. She has an energy and kindness that reaches through the screen and touches your heart. I have learned so many child friendly recipes, crafts galore, movement games and songs over the past few months. It is more than I learned ever before with my two older sons in these young precious years. I have loved watching my youngest son develop daily in a school environment that I am able to create for him in the comfort of our home and my work schedule. It has been a gift that I had not expected, due to the quarantine, but one that I am so glad I accepted. I have been truly inspired by Tiffany in her mothering talents and teaching young minds. She is one of those teachers that her students will always remember and their parents are blessed to have had her inspirations." ~Krista. C
During this school year, children find themselves on the threshold of the awakening glimpses of the middle years of childhood. They begin to wonder and experience in new ways qualities and contrasts of virtues and shortcomings, kindness and cruelty, honesty and trickery, joy and sadness, and so on. They begin to question others’ honesty and might even wonder about their own nature. To meet them in this realm of feeling, curriculum brings stories of heroes, legends of Saints, and various animal fables from around the world. While the striving and noble human deeds are highlighted in the stories of heroes and saints, the arising contrasts in the children’s experience of the world are met with the fables and tales that bring an imaginative connection to the traits of a trickster and a mischief seeker.
During this year, the sense of belonging and familiar rhythms continue to be of great importance for the children as they move through a new way of experiencing the world. We begin to observe their growing interest in the unique traits of others and their expanding social awareness.
Basic academic skills are practiced at a faster pace than they were the year before. Writing and reading practice make a big leap in pace and expectations. In the world of numbers, the experience of the qualities of numbers gives way to the recognition and work with their quantitative aspects expanding further into their relationship to space and time. Classwork builds upon the processes children learned the year before and takes them further towards mastering the times’ tables and working with larger numbers and place value. Rhythmic movements and experience of sequence and number patterns, and the work with word questions all continue.
An experiential exploration of a child’s immediate surroundings expands through nature walks, nature stories, and practical work, planting the seeds for future science studies in upper grades.
The class continues watercolor painting practice as an experience in color, moods, light, and relationships. Beeswax modeling, as well as crayon and form drawing, bring the children further into the realm of beauty found in color, light, and form.
Main Themes of Grade 2
Language Arts: extending and deepening the skills learned in class one, continuing the work of learning to read, fables, hero stories, saint legends
Math: extending and deepening the skills in working with the basic four processes
Nature Studies: Observing nature and immediate surroundings, observing time, times’ tables, place value and introduction to adding and subtracting larger numbers, patterns
Artistic Work: Watercolor painting, crayon drawing, form drawing, beeswax modeling, knitting, pentatonic flute, songs, recitation (poems and class plays)
Sample Video from Ms. Tiffany:
Enrichment is incorporated in your full class experience!
Meet your Four Fold Enrichment teachers!
Handwork With Ms. Maggie
We will begin the year by learning to dye wool with natural plant dyes, winding wool, and making knitting needles. The students will use a combination of both stockinette stitch and garter stitch, alternating between knit and purl as they learn to cast on and knit an upright form, a gnome. Before knitting they will give the color palette careful thought as they consider what type of personality they imagine their gnome to have.
Eurythmy Inspired Movement With Ms. Tiffany
The theme of second grade is “You and I”, belonging the spiritual world with the angels, but also belonging to the animal world. We will express this through form walking and eurythmy gestures. In conjunction with learning basic rhythmical principles, we will experiment with the concept of pitch. We will also learn copper rod exercises and activities to meet the needs of the second grader.
German with Mr. Dornemann
The aim of the course is to experience the German language, to get used to its sounds, acquire basic vocabulary and speaking skills. It is intended for beginners with no or little previous exposure to the German language.
In the recorded part of the lessons there will be listening and speaking activities, poems, songs, stories and tongue twisters. Students will practice speaking by repeating what the teacher presents. In our live sessions we will engage in speaking and conversation as well as call and response.
The vocabulary covered will include actions, counting, phrases, cultural references and many words describing aspects of everyday life.
Music with Mr. Mark
In Music Class 2 we use singing games, dancing games, sing-alongs and stories to create music together. We explore physically the steady beat, how the beat relates to rhythm, and how beat and rhythm relate to melody in a naturally organic progression. The material we use incorporates the season we're in as well as aspects of the students’ Main Lesson blocks. Emphasis is on creative expression and musical exploration, where everyone participates together in the creation of beautiful music. Music Notation is introduced in a fun, organic way that relates to the Feeling Life of the music rather than the Intellectual. We will also introduce Beginning Recorder (some students may already be playing recorder at this age, and I take that into account as I incorporate complete beginners with those who have some recorder skills, so that we can all progress together.)