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2nd Grade Curriculum

2nd Grade is a time to learn to become a self-directed learner. Students learn important strategies to manage time, learn from mistakes, and learn to love the difficult! Embedded across all disciplines is character development, where perseverance, compassion, responsibility, kindness, and respect are modeled, practiced, and become a natural part of the classroom environment.

Language Arts

In 2nd Grade, The Daily 5 curriculum continues to develop literacy skills as students participate daily in small, differentiated, theme-based reading groups. At the same time, students are challenged with daily oral language work to enhance mechanical and grammatical skills. Journaling and creative writing become an integral part of the curriculum, encouraging students to explore their writing and creative skills. Wordly Wise, a Latin and Greek-based vocabulary development program, is introduced to teach students to use context clues and word part analysis to improve spelling and recognize word meaning.


In 2nd Grade, the Singapore Math curriculum continues to expand students’ ability to recognize and use a variety of problem solving strategies. The application of math to real world problems challenges students to strive for both mastery and application of concepts. Interactive activities include measurement, place value, addition, and subtraction with regrouping, multiplication, and division. Students work through rigorous problems, applying multiple strategies in both whole class and small group activities.


In 2nd Grade, students focus on the solar system and the study of energy. Interactive labs led by a discipline-specific science teacher in a lab setting bring concepts to life and keep students engaged.

Social Studies

2nd Grade social studies explores the vast myriad of cultures, beliefs, and traditions of our ever-shrinking world. These studies complement and help students prepare for Rivermont's annual school-wide International Week. 2nd Grade students also participate in the annual Academic Fair, presenting an original research project on an American president of their choice.

Health & Fitness

Physical education in 2nd Grade focuses on hand-eye coordination, advanced motor and skill development, and basic athletic fundamentals. Activities and games integrate skill development into play as students develop physical fitness, useful physical and athletic skills, good sportsmanship, and an enjoyment of physical recreation. P.E. activities are often integrated to make connections across disciplines and with school activities, such as African dancing and martial arts during Rivermont's annual school-wide International Week.

Computer Science

Computer science is an essential part of Lower School curriculum as technology is increasingly introduced into classrooms and lessons. Lower School is outfitted with iPad carts that can be transitioned from classroom to classroom bringing the creative tools, interactive books, and endless educational apps of the iPad anywhere at any time. Lower School students also utilize their own computer lab outfitted with PC desktops for a wide variety of lessons and projects.


Specifically, 2nd Grade students continue to build on digital citizenship and internet safety skills, keyboarding techniques, and learn to use Microsoft Office tools.

Visual Art

2nd Grade students begin to explore the principles of design. Students are encouraged to think like artists - considering line, color, and balance - and to apply a variety of processes to their artwork. Each Lower School grade features unique anchor artists from many cultures around the world whose work and techniques students study and incorporate into their own pieces.


2nd Grade students share their artwork with a large audience during the annual Family Art Night and All School Art Show.

Foreign Language

At Rivermont, students are exposed to foreign language beginning in PreSchool and begin formal foreign language study in Kindergarten. Kindergarten and 1st Grade students study Spanish, 2nd and 3rd Grade students study French, and 4th and 5th Grade students choose between the two.


2nd Grade students begin their journey into French, using the Aventures series supplemented with dialogue conversations with Real French tout de suite. Students learn French through stories and role play centered on such themes as school, toys, birthdays, family, weather, seasons, clothing, animals, and physical and personality characteristics. Students explore customs and holidays from around the world which are appreciated and respected as different from their own.


2nd Grade students use the singing channel of their voice for folk songs, rounds, partner songs (creating simple harmony), and Solfege (scale tones with hand signals). They begin to use music textbooks to develop reading skills and study the concepts of melody, rhythm, meter, tempo, dynamics, harmony, form, and instrumentation.


Students listen to selected music recordings and videos and then analyze and describe the music, including the sounds and names of different instruments. Drum circles and improvisation activities reinforce the development of ensemble skills and responding to directing cues.


2nd Grade students build on their foundation from Kindergarten and 1st Grade to work with increasingly complex text. Students use illustrations and other visual elements to understand text and learn to make connections between stories and their background knowledge. Students make predictions to understand text and learn to recognize basic story structure and define the various types of literature, both fiction and nonfiction.