In grade two, the goal of the language arts program is to foster a love of reading and help students develop the routines and strategies to become confident, independent readers. Second graders participate in guided reading with a teacher and incorporate the Daily Five, which includes reading to themselves; reading with a partner; listening to books; responding to reading and word work; and writing stories, poetry, plays, and oral presentations. Students practice basic reading skills, build comprehension strategies, and develop fluency through exposure to a wide range of reading materials, oral discussions, and regular, one-on-one conferences with a teacher.
In grade two, students focus on the writing process as they create their own stories, journal entries, friendly letters, poetry, and nonfiction informational writing. Students have frequent opportunities to reflect on their writing and revise their work with regular teacher conferences. Students also build vocabulary and grammar skills, focusing on sentence structure, punctuation, and parts of speech. Spelling is an ongoing endeavor, with personal spelling lists and practice activities. Students continue with daily lessons on phonics, spelling, and word study, and students progress further in their study of word structure.
In grade two, students continue to build on skills and habits of mind introduced in Kindergarten and grade one. The program prioritizes building in students confidence and independence with vocabulary development, reinforcing their sense of meaningful word parts and strategies for comprehending new terms. Sight words, leveled appropriately, enrich each student’s lexicon as their reading skills expand. Working with sight words of added complexity, students prepare themselves for the work with word roots and parts emphasized in the Lower School program.