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1st and 2nd Grade

1st and 2nd graders deepen their learning through thematic studies and academic instruction that challenges and engages them. Through thematic studies which integrate math, literacy, art, science and social studies, children experience hands-on activities that provide meaningful context for learning. 

As teachers, we know that 1st and 2nd graders arrive at school each day already inspired. Whether by a lost tooth or an eagle spotted along their drive, it is our job to observe, listen and respond intentionally to this inspiration with respect, patience and an open mind. We know that the beauty of being six, seven and eight is that everything is a possibility, so it is our task to create curricular units that take advantage of this unique time of awe and wonder. Whatever our thematic study, children practice asking questions that guide their learning and self-expression as scientists, painters, engineers and poets. 

We also know 1st and 2nd grade is a crucial time for learning academic skills and growing one’s knowledge, vocabulary, and repertoire of skills and concepts. The instruction, effort and practice it takes to become a confident reader, writer, or mathematician is undertaken daily, and this work is differentiated through intentional groupings and curriculum to meet the child where they are and challenge them appropriately.   

Whether a child comes to school reading English at a fourth-grade level or as someone who speaks multiple languages, we honor each child as they are, and facilitate learning experiences that are dynamic, flexible, and meaningful, offering a point of entry for everyone. In 1st and 2nd grade, it benefits everyone to let imaginations soar, because when we are free to be creative, the most inventive, engaging, and challenging learning happens. 

Left to right: Andrea Wong, Zhilin Qiu, Linnea Peterson, Sean Dolgin, Sarah Jamal, Morgan Padgett, Madison Ragland