Some Thoughts on Second Grade
I will never forget the first five minutes of second grade; I stood in front of the class and my gaze was met by eighteen eager students, each one sitting straight and smiling, waiting for me to begin teaching! There was no adjustment period- just “Let’s get going!” All of that time bringing form to the first grade had paid off in spades.
Rather than introducing a number of new subjects, which happened in first grade and will again happen in third and beyond, the second grade curriculum focuses on deepening capacities. Once again, the blocks of study will alternate between math and language skills, as the students strengthen and expand the fundamental concepts introduced in first grade: the four operations, reading and writing skills. Never again will you have the luxury to delve into skills so deeply- enjoy it!