Second graders with their gap-toothed smiles are a marvel! They look a little different from day to day, with some teeth falling out while others are coming in, and because they cannot always keep track of their growing bodies, they may stumble as they run across the playground.
Second graders can plan more than in years past, and as a result they may worry more about what “might” happen, such as what if nobody is home when they get home or what will happen if the playdate goes badly? But this ability to plan also means they can begin thinking more strategically. They can make plans with friends and recess games are more easily organized and can go on for days. Negotiating the rules and fair play is an important topic during second-grade recess, one that teachers help students with throughout the year.
Second graders can do a lot! Their competencies are growing, and we work hard to help them feel grown-up and capable, while at the same time protecting their childhood and giving them time for fun and silliness – for it is that combination which is the special joy of second grade!