A Pre-Kindergarten - Grade 12 co-educational independent day school in Westchester County, New York

Lower School Curriculum Guide

Grade Two


Second graders are becoming more responsible, independent problem solvers, and demonstrate increasing engagement in their work and their developing skills across the curriculum. Addressing the social and emotional needs of each child is an essential aspect of our day, which complements our strong academic program. In order to be successful both academically and socially, second graders do their best when equipped with a set of social skills. With teacher guidance, students explicitly learn social skills through a combination of lessons and activities revolving around the Responsive Classroom philosophy. Second graders continue to practice the Lower School acronym C.A.R.E.S: Cooperation, Assertion, Responsibility, Empathy, and Self-Control. They become increasingly aware of others around them and are able to learn from one another. Interest and empathy for others is fostered not only in the classroom, but also through related service projects.