The Island School, a private school on Bainbridge Island, offers an engaging 2nd Grade program for students from the Kitsap Peninsula, including Poulsbo, Suquamish, Indianola, Kingston, Hansville and Silverdale.

Language Arts

The goal of our language arts program is for students to develop communications skills through reading, writing and oral language development.

In Reading:
Our goal is to support each child on his/her path to being joyfully literate. We want to promote independent and confident readers who know what they like to read. We continue to work on decoding skills with an increased emphasis on using the context of the text to determine the meaning of unfamiliar words. We work on reading fluency and expressiveness through our weekly Poetry Notebooks, reading aloud in small groups, and Reader’s Theater activities. A major focus of our program is helping the children to develop strong reading comprehension skills. As a whole group and one-on-one, the children are asked to make connections to their reading, ask questions, make predictions, and re-tell stories they have read.

Reading Workshop activities include:

  • Independent reading
  • Buddy reading with peers
  • Cross-age reading (5th grade learning buddies)
  • One-on-one reading with teacher or parent volunteer
  • Small-group reading (Reader’s Theater, Book Club, skills instruction)
  • Book projects
  • Poetry notebooks
  • Whole class studies, which include:
    • author studies
    • a dialogue study
    • a nonfiction study
  • Daily read-alouds

In Writing:
Most children entering our second grade already love to write. We support and foster that enthusiasm by giving children myriad opportunities and reasons to write. We want our students to see writing as an important method of communication and self-expression. In second grade the Handwriting Without Tears curriculum is used.

Writing Activities include:

  • Weekend news
  • Thank you letters
  • Birthday letters
  • Writing warm-ups (handwriting and grammar practice)
  • Math writing (the children often explain their mathematical thinking in words)

Writing Workshop includes:

  • Small moments (writing from life)
  • Beginning, middle, and end stories
  • “All about” books (nonfiction writing)
  • Poetry
  • Free choice writing
  • Publishing

Word Work

We introduce the Words Their Way program, which groups children according to their developmental spelling level. During Word Work children:

  • Sort words according to specific spelling patterns (e.g. long e)
  • Use sort words to write sentences and stories
  • Look for sort words in books
  • Play word games

Writing Mechanics includes:

  • Capitals
  • Ending punctuation
  • Developing automaticity (writing fluency)
  • Proofreading one’s work
  • Handwriting practice
Social Studies