The Class 2 child continues with the foundation of their first year in elementary school, but with more complex stories that focus on the child's moral life.
Class 2 Themes
In Class 2, the stories of Saints, good people, and fables guide children in their moral development. The stories not only appeal to their growing sense of adventure, but they also speak to that which is the highest good within themselves, as in the Saint stories, and to the lower qualities presented by the animals in the fables.
The children in Class 2 continue to retell the stories told by their teacher in a daily review, and they are now able to write and read the material they create in their Main Lesson books. Not only do the children now print letters, but they also practice cursive handwriting. The children have now entered the world of reading and writing.
In arithmetic too, the skills build from the previous year in the four operations: addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. The concept of place value is introduced in a Main Lesson story, along with borrowing and carrying of larger numbers. Daily rhythmic activities, circle games, and mental math help to reinforce the number facts and tables.
Drawing with block and stick beeswax crayons is taught daily as part of the Main Lesson work. Students are taught form drawing, watercolor painting, and beeswax modeling at least once weekly. Students continue to work primarily with color but little form, and gradually begin to use the colors to create images.
Children learn to model animal and human forms out of one piece of wax, thus pulling the image out of the solid. The students also work with the directionality, horizontal or vertical, of a form, as well as the creation of "scenes" using several figures.
Class 2 students draw forms using incomplete symmetry. In other words, students draw the other half of an image, making it the same as the image given in an alternate location (either horizontally or vertically on the page). Through this, students learn to complete incomplete things and to develop a sense of balance and work. Students draw forms that help them with the complexity and fluidity of cursive writing.
In Classes 1-3, children are immersed in the French language through songs, games, and stories. Puppets add a lively element to the lesson and develop the children's imagination and listening skills.
Knitting in Class 2 gives the students practice in sequencing, patterning, counting, adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing. These are the foundation math skills. Students first choose simple animals to knit, all the while practicing increasing, decreasing, and counting rows. Students then learn to sew, shape, and stuff their completed animals.
Music is integrated into the daily rhythm and involves singing and playing the recorder, which helps develop finger dexterity.
Running and group circle games are played in Games/Movement class. The students work on their cooperation skills and sportsmanship. The emphasis is on the joy of movement within their own space and with others.