In grades 1 and 2 children begin formal instruction in reading, writing, and mathematics, science, and social studies.
- Reading, writing, and math are integrated into daily activities and into all academic units.
- Students meet in grade-level reading groups, where they learn skills
in decoding, reading fluently, and comprehending and reflecting on what
they have read.
- In “Writer’s Workshop” students write stories about events or ideas
important to them, while also acquiring spelling and writing skills.
They learn to revise and edit their writing, to share their work with
others, and to listen and respond to other students’ work.
- In separate 1st and 2nd grade groups, children begin a more
structured study of mathematics, following the In Focus
- Social studies units include the Civil Rights Movement, Communities
and Community Helpers, and “Origins,” a year-long unit in which children
learn history by studying the generations in their own and their
- Science units include liquids, soils, weather, and “Balls and
Ramps,” a unit that involves basic physics observations and discussion.
- Children study and work in the CitySprouts courtyard garden as part of their science program.