Lower School
Second Grade

Second grade is the Golden Gate of Lower School. That’s because second grade bridges the foundational skills learned in grades K – 1 with the more developed thinking and application skills used in grades 3 – 4. When you walk the second-grade hallway, you will notice it’s lined with kids’ self-portraits. The pictures signify that each child is unique, and each child matters. Look closer and you’ll see that each hand holds a clothes pin to display your child’s writing and artwork throughout the year. By doing so, each second grader is being affirmed that his or her voice matters. We reinforce this message daily in morning meetings, where your child will work on interacting with her classmates, looking people in the eye, and being a good team member in class. It’s hard to name just a few highlights of the year when there’s so much to love about second grade. Parents might point to the Christmas musical, when they get to watch their children reenact the waiting and wonder of the Christmas story. Most children would probably choose their “bird books”—a beloved interdisciplinary unit that blends artistry and authenticity with deep, passionate learning. Your child’s intellectual, social, spiritual, and moral growth is accelerating. Upstairs, the adventures of third grade await.



Avid Readers & Writers

In their second-grade year, children’s reading and writing skills experience an explosion of growth. Your child will learn to read with stamina and purpose, applying new habits and strategies before, during, and after reading. She will make predictions and mental images, search for descriptive language and context clues, and recognize...

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Master Mathmaticians

Math is a universal language. The familiar Arabic numbers we use can be understood by someone in another hemisphere, and anywhere on Earth, 2 + 2 = 4. The universality of math is one of the many things that makes it such a powerful tool and, indeed, an essential life...

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Curious Scientists

If your child likes mysteries, she’ll love second grade science! Alongside faith, science is our attempt to understand the longest-running mystery we know: how the universe came to be and how we as humans fit into it. In Earth science, second graders will investigate what different rocks are made of....

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Global Citizens

“WRINKLE-FREE ZONE.” This curious sign greets every second grader at the classroom door—but it’s not about ironing. It’s a reminder to protect your peers from sad, wrinkly faces by being a good citizen. The meaning of citizenship is a core idea in second grade Social Studies. Your child will explore...

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Inspired Artists

According to Henri Matisse, “Creativity takes courage.” In fact, he dared to invent a completely new art form—the “cut-out”—using nothing but scissors and colored paper. Our second graders begin their courageous year as artists by creating a collage in the style of a Matisse cut-out. Later in the year, they...

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Buenos Amigos

Common courtesy is a recurring theme of the second-grade year, even in Spanish class. Your child will begin the year learning the language of greetings. During Hispanic Heritage Month, your child will research a topic about Mexico—perhaps food, the national flag, or someone famous—and present his project to his class....

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Spiritual Learners

If you’re a parent with a faith of your own, it’s probably important to you to instill character-building, faith-growing practices in your child’s habits. Being responsible for developing someone else’s faith may feel like an immense weight. At every step, your child’s teachers and coaches stand ready to support you...

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NOT EDITED Healthy Kids

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After-school programming

After-school learning at ROBS includes Prime Time, our extended-day program, as well as a variety of enrichment classes offered until 6:00 p.m. each day for Readiness – Grade 8.

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Enjoy second grade at ROBS!