Serving Preschool Through 8th Grade in the San Francisco East Bay Since 1962
The opportunity for hands-on experiences and the availability of expanded opportunities in technology, languages, music, art and physical activity greatly enhance the classroom environment.

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Seven Hills 2nd graders host our annual “Ancestors’ Lunch” in which they perform and present celebratory traditions from around the world. They don traditional dress and bring dishes from their heritage to the luncheon. This is the culmination of a multi-week study of family history.

Second Grade

Independence is the hallmark of the second grade student. Children take greater responsibility for organizing and completing school projects. They continue to strengthen decoding skills, and expand their choice of reading material to emphasize more complex comprehension of what they read. Second graders choose high interest, “just right” books and feature a variety of comprehension strategies in presentations they share with the class. Books cover many genres, both fiction and non-fiction. 
 
Christi Gotvald and Nancy Lane build strong, personal relationships with their students, helping them navigate through academic and social challenges that come with maturation.  Mathematics becomes more abstract, and delves into place value exploration. These second graders learn about regrouping with addition and subtraction, and begin to use multiplication and division concepts. Math problem solving includes algebraic reasoning, probability, measurement and fractions.  Second grade students continue to develop poise in public speaking with oral presentations addressing holiday celebrations around the world.
 
The curriculum provided in the second grade recognizes that each child is an individual with a unique style and approach to learning.  It is responsive to the differences in stages of development, interests and learning styles. Each child is challenged to use his or her own innate sense of curiosity to explore the learning environment.  Various strategies are used to increase each child’s self-esteem, sense of achievement and positive feelings towards learning. 
The learning atmosphere addresses the needs of the whole child, with a goal of developing skills, knowledge, and positive feelings, that instill a desire to explore their own learning.
 
A variety of instructional strategies are used to increase interest and reach all learning styles.  Some diverse strategies used are:
  • Short term and long term projects
  • Teacher-initiated and child-initiated activities
  • Individual and collaborative tasks
  • Variety of ways to present information using all senses
The goal of the curriculum is to encourage learning behaviors in the following areas:
  • Understanding – Use of knowledge to describe, explain, retell or summarize information.
  • Appreciation – Use of information to determine how much they, value, and/or respect something.
  • Application – Ability to take something already known and use the knowledge to predict, make choices, create, or question.
  • Evaluation – Using information to examine, draw conclusions, interpret or judge a particular concept in term of its value.
The program is based on knowledge of child development and providing a safe, nurturing and challenging environment for the child to explore.  The opportunity for hands-on experiences and the availability of expanded opportunities in technology, languages, music, art and physical activity greatly enhance the classroom environment.
 
Curriculum Integration
The second grade curriculum utilizes many opportunities for the integration of skill and subject areas in the instructional program
Individual projects in which children present information on various topics provide another opportunity for integration.  For example, their study of ancestors integrates the following areas:
  • Science – Developing maps to represent land and bodies of water in an area.
  • Social Studies – Tracing family history through the use of primary and secondary sources including photographs, interviews and documents.
  • Mathematics – Reading of graphs and statistics regarding immigration data as well as placing relevant dates on timelines of events.
  • Language Arts – Creating photo journals, biographies and “Day in the Life” recountings in order to compare and contrast their daily lives with those of their parents, grandparents and ancestors.
  • Arts – Investigating, designing and creating an ancestor paper doll depicting traditional attire reflective of their cultural heritage.
  • Technology – Interweaving this tool into all subject areas to reinforce content skills, create final products and expose them to current technology.
Curriculum integration allows for a stimulating and flexible curriculum that increases participation, appreciation, and application of all concepts.  By leading children to discoveries that all knowledge is connected, their learning becomes more real, meaningful and memorable.