students Develop self-discovery and blossoming independence.
Our private Second Grade classrooms in Somerset County, NJ, serves as the year to build foundational academic skills, challenge students to the next level, build mission skills, build “student skills,” and cultivate a love of learning. All disciplines in the second-grade program intentionally include cross-curricular components, the Far Hills Pillars, and mission skills.
In second grade, your child becomes a more experienced writer and reader by practicing their skills in more complex and comprehensive ways. Students read bigger and more complicated books and write longer and more in-depth pieces. Second graders hone their presentation and research skills and are engaged in research and critical thinking projects.
Academic and non-academic growth are equally important in Grade 2
Our social-emotional, mindset, and mindfulness curricula are key. We focus on interpersonal skills, being a friend, including others, identifying feelings, being our B.E.S.T (body language; eye contact; say nice things; tone of voice), problem-solving, perseverance, grit, and kindness. We practice mindfulness and learn how to use this practice to focus, regulate our emotions, and be ready to learn. Mindfulness teaches us to take the time to respond rather than react to what happens.
The second-grade Capstone experience is an interdisciplinary study about immigration, which culminates in an event titled, "Coming to America: The Immigrant Experience." During this study, they strive to answer the essential question, "What is the experience of an immigrant?" and practice empathy while learning how to walk in the shoes of someone else.