In Grade Two, children study animal fables that characterize (often in extreme ways) individual human qualities – such as Anansi the Trickster - and legends of great people who sacrificed for the greater good. Second graders continue to familiarize themselves with the fundamentals of arithmetic and literacy, further developing a repertoire of skills that were initially introduced in Grade One. Teachers continue to use movement, rhythm, and rhyme as a key instructional tool.
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Sophia Szombathy grew up in Atlanta, GA and received her B.A in Psychology with a minor in Spanish. During her time at UGA, she was able to fulfill her love of music and travel by living in Spain and spending time in a town known for its music. Upon graduation, she moved to New York City to join her sister. While living there, Sophia worked at a raw and vegan restaurant, where she met, what became her New York family. During this time, she stumbled upon the New York Center for Anthroposophy. She volunteered at this small Waldorf initiative and after leaving New York, worked at the Waldorf School of Atlanta where she substituted and worked in the office for several months. Her time at WSA inspired her to enroll in the teacher training program at the Rudolf Steiner College in Fair Oaks, CA. Sophia began her training in 2010,loving the full immersion experience, the beautiful garden, and her work at the bookstore and library. In August of 2012, she moved to Berkeley, CA and was a kindergarten assistant and
lead aftercare teacher at the East Bay WaldorfSchool, before joining the faculty at WSA in 2013. Sophia loves to spend time with her family, sit on her porch, and enjoy live music.Grade Two Pedagogical Overview
In Grade Two, the familiar routines and observances of the previous year are maintained. This strengthens the rhythm of the class working together, and builds confidence and a sense of belonging in the children. The students continue to learn best when pictorial thought content is presented. Much time is spent consolidating all that was first learned in Grade One. Students continue to familiarize themselves with the fundamentals of arithmetic and language arts, and they also develop a wide range of skills in gross and fine motor movements such as jump rope, knitting, and flute playing. The children's thinking is thus balanced and reinforced by their experience in physical and artistic activity.
While in Grade One a mood of wholeness develops in the children, in Grade Two this mood can differentiate into contrasts, with a reverential mood on the one hand, and a temptation for mischief on the other. During this year, the children develop greater interest in the unique qualities of one another and become curious about individual differences. To meet this growing social awareness, teachers introduce stories where contrasting human qualities are portrayed. Wonder tales and legends of Saints from around the world show lofty striving and highlight noble human qualities, while animal fables and trickster tales satisfy the child's interest in mischief. While the morals of these tales are never explicitly stated, the students derive direction and form from the images they are given.