Diversity and multiculturalism drive the second-grade curriculum. We start the year with an in-depth project in animal research, focusing on animal life-cycles and accessing the material through dance, writing, visual arts, and music. We take many exciting field trips throughout the year to places such as the NC Arboretum, Diana Wortham Theatre, Asheville Museum Of Science, and an annual spring hike to Warren Wilson College. In winter, we do our biggest most in-depth unit of the year- World’s Fair. Students become experts on countries from around the world. This global/social studies exploration highlights dance, music, theatre, and multiculturalism and culminates with a grand stage performance. We teach an innovative integrated hands-on math curriculum called Investigations, with a strong focus on number sense and math critical thinking skills. Additionally, we emphasize critical thinking skills with weekly art studies; the students are introduced to great works of art and learn to write and form educated opinions. Reading instruction takes place throughout the day in small groups, whole class, reading buddies with kindergarteners and read-aloud. Second grade is an exciting year filled with learning, laughter, and art!
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About the Second Grade Staff
Annabell earned a BA in education from Warren Wilson College. Before joining the ArtSpace staff in 2004 she taught ESL in Brazil and Venezuela. Annabell was ArtSpace teacher of the year for the 2012-2013 school year. She enjoys hiking, painting, dancing, and gardening with her son Coltrane.
Susanne was born and raised in Asheville, and comes from a whole family of teachers! She went to Appalachian State University and earned a degree in Elementary Education with a concentration in Art. Her teaching career began at Asheville City Schools teaching 3rd, 1st, and Kindergarten for 8 years. Following that, she taught 3-6 year olds at Asheville Montessori School and Julia St. Montessori School for 3 years, in order to learn more about the Montessori method. This will be her 12thyear teaching as she joins the ArtSpace community. Susanne believes that learning and school should be fun for students and teachers alike, and using a hands-on experiential approach to teaching and learning. Susanne’s other interests include: making pottery, cooking, hiking, camping, biking, traveling, reading, listening and dancing to music, and spending time with family, friends, and her dog Pearl.