Second Grade

“The children make a great leap from First to Second Grade, perhaps one of the biggest leaps in their school career.  Writing, which was virtually an extension of drawing in Grade One, now stands on its own; numbers, whose qualitative aspect was stressed last year, now are recognized as quantities, extending in space and time.  And the world of Fairy Tales, although not completely absent, now makes way for the Lives of the Saints – biographies of men and women with an historical verity – and fables.”  Eugene Schwartz  – renowned Waldorf educator

Some of the topics introduced and expanded upon in second grade include:

  • cursive writing
  • reading
  • plays
  • speech work
  • beginning elements of grammar
  • dictation
  • composition
  • symmetry-mirror form drawing
  • times tables
  • situation problems
  • numerical patterns
  • place value, carrying and borrowing
  • legends and animal fables
  • foreign language counting, names of animals, family members, parts of the body, food, seasons, colors, months
  • pentatonic flute
  • painting secondary colors and animal forms
  • knitting and purling, knitted animals
  • beeswax modeling scenes from legends and fables
  • the environment through observation
  • nature studies from stories in an imaginative manner
  • jump rope
  • hopscotch
  • rhythmic games


Dara Cantrell

Dara Cantrell was born and raised in Ashland. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Music from SOU before moving to New York City, where she received her Master’s in Education. She and her family spent a year and half living and traveling in Eastern Europe, before returning to the Rogue Valley in 2010, which is when she began her journey at Madrone Trail. She took her first class from first grade all the way through eighth grade, who graduated with flying colors in 2018.

In 2019, Dara began the journey again with her second class of first graders, the Sunflower Class. She is excited to utilize all the knowledge and skills she has gained over the past nine years. Dara is passionate about Waldorf education and loves the Madrone Trail community deeply. She loves to share her passion for music, and her experience and knowledge with others in the community and thrives on connection and cooperation. Dara has three children of her own, all of whom also attend Madrone Trail.