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


Allison Casenhiser

Allison Casenhiser enjoys being in nature with her family and friends. She is especially in love with swimming in the warm ocean. When she cannot do that, she likes the river or going backpacking. Allison has a little farm with chickens, cows, dogs, and a cat. She enjoys gardening, milking cows, and eating good food. Allison enjoys spending time creating art of all sorts. She is in awe of Waldorf education and loves teaching. Allison has taken a class from First grade to Eighth grade at Madrone Trail. She is excited to return to the Madrone Trail community!