Second Grade

Program & Curriculum

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.

Our school provides an excellent academic education as well as the social/emotional learning (SEL) that is just as critical to a child’s lifelong success in building relationships with others.  Social/emotional learning has been part of our educational program since The Island School was founded more than 40 years ago because, in our community, teaching children to be kind, respectful and inclusive is as important as teaching reading, writing and math.  It is part of our mission to inspire in our children a lifelong enthusiasm for learning AND an appreciation and respect for themselves and others because this is education of the heart as well as the brain.  We focus on the whole child, academically, socially and emotionally, while celebrating what makes each child unique.

Language Arts

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

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 to peers and adults 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, re-tell stories and write about what they read.

Reading Workshop activities include:

  • Independent reading
  • Buddy reading with peers
  • Cross-age reading (5th grade learning buddies)
  • One-on-one reading with teacher
  • Small-group reading (Reader’s Theater, Book Club, Skills instruction)
  • Reader Response (writing about reading)
  • Poetry notebooks
  • Whole class studies, which include:
    • Author Studies
    • Dialogue Study
    • Non-fiction Study
  • Daily read-alouds

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.

Writing Activities may include:

  • Weekend News
  • Thank you letters
  • Birthday letters
  • Reader Response (writing about reading)
  • Cross-curricular writing in math, science and social studies

Writing Workshop may include:

  • Small Moments (writing from life)
  • Creating setting
  • Beginning, Middle, End stories
  • All About Books (non-fiction writing)
  • Poetry
  • Free Choice Writing
  • Publishing
  • 6+1 Traits of Writing

Wired for Reading
Wired for Reading is an engaging, multi-sensory word analysis program designed to improve reading, spelling and vocabulary.  We have recently started using this program in second grade, primarily for spelling.

In Writing Mechanics we focus on:

  • Capitals
  • Ending punctuation
  • Mastery of K-2 Lifetime Spelling Words in daily work
  • Developing automaticity (writing fluency)
  • Handwriting Without Tears penmanship practice
Social Studies