Main Lesson: Expanded writing and reading; cursive writing; beginning grammar; fables and saints' legends; arithmetic with larger numbers; numerical patterns and forms; times tables.
Music is threaded throughout the day in many ways. Songs are used to tell stories, to transition, and to nurture a sense of the seasons and nature.
Learning to play musical instruments is also important. While children begin to learn to play the pentatonic flute in 1st grade, by the 2nd grade they know a variety of long songs and perform them from memory with pride in front of an audience. The pentatonic flute is the starting point for several reasons: it is easier to make beautiful sounds (as compared to the recorder-which is introduced in 3rd grade) and the holes are more closely spaced and thus the instrument is easier to play.
Movement, Spanish, handwork, painting, pentatonic flute.
Main Lesson: Composition, reading, speech; Old Testament and Native American stories; cursive writing; farming and gardening; shelter and building; arithmetic with complicated numbers and practical examples; measurement (time, money, weights), grammar (basic parts of speech, sentence building and structure, punctuation and capitalization), reading and writing music.
One of the features of the curriculum is that learning is interactive and purposeful. When third graders are introduced to money they participate in harvesting, preparing, making signs for, and selling veggies and jams. They are responsible for monetary transactions and their earnings are put into savings for a fun field trip. They even document IOUs.
Movement, Spanish, handwork, painting, recorder, strings.