Second grade is when students move from learning to read into reading to learn. Students participate in a rigorous balanced literacy curriculum, which incorporates phonics, guided reading, independent reading, reading aloud, shared readings, and interactive writing. Our teachers work closely with literacy specialists from LitLlife in order to create engaging and challenging lessons that support the NY Common Core Standards to meet the needs of all of our students. Above all, we strive to help foster a love for reading in our students, as well as the ability to sustain independent reading. We believe these traits lead to success in elementary school and beyond.
Students at our school love math. Students explore a carefully sequenced curriculum of math games and experiments that allow them to discover mathematical concepts. These discoveries are refined through discussion and practice creating lifelong mathematicians, who can use math in complex, real world settings. This strong foundation of learning and inquiry readies them for the critical thinking challenges that they will encounter in higher mathematics.
Second graders experiment with both physical and social sciences through interactive project based learning. Field trips, experiments, theater, and research projects give students an opportunity to construct meaning while simultaneously covering New York State Common Core Standards. Teachers prepare students for document based questions with Visual Thinking Strategies, a research based program of art appreciation and discussion that inspires students to look for deep meaning in the world around them. Through our units of inquiry, students learn technology and teamwork skills that allow them to explore their curiosity, while creating strong relationships within their academic community.