Second Grade Syllabus
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The Christopherus Second Grade Curriculum
The main theme for second grade is "one foot still on the rainbow bridge". The 8 year old child is definitely coming to earth, but a part of her, if allowed to develop at her own pace and not rushed by our hectic lives, is still very dreamy and very connected to the spiritual worlds from whence she came.
Speaking to this potential tension between the earthly and the heavenly, the second grade curriculum is focused largely on the pull between the dark and light sides of human nature. Trickster tales, for instance, though humorous, are about the potential to do evil, whereas the stories of saints and heroes speak to the highest aspirations of the human being. The 8 year old child, whilst delighting in the adventures of Bre'er Rabbit and Anansi, is also deeply nurtured by the lives of great saints and heroes.
Such soul-enriching lessons are further extended by practical work in the garden and kitchen; by the in- and out-breath of music and movement; and by imaginative work in mathematics.
As in first grade, we base our weekly schedule on a 4 day week. The weeks add up to a 33 week year – this gives lots of time for holiday preparation, camping trips and other things which could be seen to destroy a too tight schedule.
We invite all people wishing to work with the Christopherus Curriculum to consider purchasing either or both our Waldorf Curriculum Overview for Homeschoolers and From Nature Stories to Natural Science. These books will considerably broaden and enrich the homeschool parent's way of bringing Waldorf to her homeschool.
Second Grade Curriculum Outline:
Language Arts : Full step-by-step instructions, advice and overview so you can understand the progression of language arts skills, how to teach them and adjust to what your child needs. Sections include: telling & reading stories; handwriting; spelling and grammar. Instructions for two language arts main lessons, Trickster Tales and The King of Ireland’s Son, are included here. There is also a collection of short stories suitable for 2nd graders; instructions for making your own readers and lists of recommended readers and read-aloud books.
Saints and Heroes – 4 weeks
King of Ireland’s Son 3 weeks
Animal Legends 4 weeks
Trickster Tales 3 weeks
Science/Nature Stories : Includes full lesson plans and activities as well as advice on adapting to the climate where you live. Advice on designing your own nature stories plus eleven full stories included. Ideas and advice for working with herbs.
Math : Four main lessons of 2, 4, or 3 weeks- duration. See Second Grade Mathematics
Form Drawing: One 2 week block
There are also specific lessons, instructions and ideas for lessons in:
Music (recorder, lyre and singing)
Handwork and Crafts
Health and Safety
Ongoing from drawing
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