Class 2 with Ms. Daniela
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)
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Handwork With Ms. Maggie
In Class 2 the children will be sharpening their knitting skills. We will begin by creating handmade journals to write the handwork patterns in throughout the year, learning to dye wool with natural plant dyes, winding wool, and making knitting needles. We will knit several animals to go along with the fables being taught this year in Ms. Daniela’s Class 2. Our first project will be to knit a lion using the knit stitch and learning to attach yarn for the mane. The mirror image of the knit stitch, the purl stitch, will be introduced as the children knit a mouse. After knitting animals, the next project will be to 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. In the spring, we will be using a combination of both stockinette stitch and garter stitch in our projects and alternating between knit and purl to practice the rib stitch while knitting practical items.
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.
American Sign Language with Ms. Rebecca
What a fun and exciting year 2 will be with Ms. Daniela. Grade 2 ASL will support Ms. Daniela’s class by learning signs for nature and seasons, the moon, weather, and finger spelling to aid in reading. The year will contain songs, verses and useful phrases for the children to develop their ASL vocabulary and basic conversational skills.
Music with Mr. Mark
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"Ms Daniela deserves the best of reviews. We are so pleased with her teaching, kind manners and accessibility. She always responds quickly to our emails and questions. Her instructional videos are beautiful, serene and colorful. She is dedicated to parents as much as she is to the children. She made this past year’s extraordinary lock down situation to the most pleasant we could have ever wished for. The girls, pumpkin and I are so grateful for all that Ms Daniela has done for us. Thank you thank you thank you!” ~Shiva