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


Carole Whitridge

Carole grew up in Scotland, graduated with Honors with a Degree in Primary Education from the University of Dundee and taught First Grade there before landing a wonderful job in Singapore, where she taught in an International school.  The experience of working with teachers from the United States, Australia, the U.K, Canada and New Zealand taught her how to collaborate on a deep level and she gained insight into education systems around the globe.

During her years at university, she spent every summer working as a camp counselor at an eight week sleepover camp on Lake Thompson in Maine.  Carole likes to say that she learned everything about organizing a large group of people during her time there.

Her two children have gone all the way through Waldorf Education.  They are confident, capable human beings with a diverse set of skills. Every day that she watches them tackle advanced math, organize a challenging homework load, give a presentation or pick up an instrument and write their own music, makes her even more certain that Waldorf Education teaches the whole child and teaches every child.

She is currently working on getting her Waldorf Grades Teacher Certification at The Micha-el Institute in Portland.  She particularly enjoys being part of the ongoing conversation of how to bring Waldorf in our culture and time, and best serve our children.