Home to the 2nd and 3rd Grade Program
The second and third graders in the Intermediate classroom build on the foundation created in the Primary classroom. They become increasingly confident learners, as they are simultaneously challenged and nurtured by the Intermediate teaching team. They build independence and a strong sense of self while contributing to a healthy group dynamic. The students use planners to organize their time and work. They take on leadership roles in the classroom and in the larger school community.
Building small group communication skills means working on team projects that are academic and yet hands-on and often outdoors. Intermediate students embark on field trips such as visiting local salmon streams, and third grade students venture yearly to Islandwood on Bainbridge Island to study science for four days and three nights. They return home with increased confidence, strong friendships, and renewed enthusiasm for inquiry.
Intermediate classroom teachers empower students to achieve and to explore beyond the surface of classroom topics, so they have opportunities to go in-depth in a subject that interests them, and to explore creative and scientific processes. Teachers and students go on weekly nature walks around campus to practice observation and jounaling skills. During Writers Workshop, students have the time and direction to work on their “writerly” lives.
Intermediate level math classes provide both a strong base in math facts as well as opportunities for enriching activities. Students may create toothpick bridges or forts as early forays into architecture and geometry. In social studies, they work on classroom geography and cultural projects such as State Fair and building Native American summer fishing camps in Silverwood’s forest. Wax Museum gives students the chance to study and depict a person from history and present what they have learned to an audience of their peers and parents.
The Treehouse, nestled among cedars, houses our second and third grade classroom where students grow by leaps and bounds.