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1st & 2nd Grade

1st & 2nd Grade at Calhoun

In first and second grades, our goal is to actively engage students in their own learning process. We emphasize hands-on experiences that take into account individual interests and learning styles, and keep class sizes small so that teachers can cater to the needs of each child. We place great value on self-discovery, incorporating open-ended activities that foster skill acquisition and creative expression.

Calhoun students are encouraged to become contributing members of their community. Children learn to listen and show respect for others, demonstrate compassion and empathy, and cooperate with peers. Teachers are guides and role models within a safe, loving and inspiring environment.

1st & 2nd Grade Program Highlights

1st Grade Science

First grade students visit Calhoun’s Discovery Lab, which offers a STEAM-based program of both independent and collaborative activities on topics such as recycling, machines, design, farming and more.

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1st Grade Social-Emotional Learning

In first grade, teachers create learning opportunities that help children see beyond themselves, take accountability for their actions, and understand that they are part of a larger community.

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1st Grade Social Studies

Social studies work in 1st grade encompasses four areas of study: identity unit, the pocket person unit, mammal study and a changemakers unit.

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2nd Grade Math

Second graders discover mathematical relationships using manipulatives, learn multiple strategies for problem-solving, and practice demonstrating how a solution was reached.

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2nd Grade Science

Second grade students visit Calhoun’s Discovery Lab, which offers a STEAM-based program of both independent and collaborative activities on topics such as rocks and minerals, magnetism, weather, engineering and more.

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2nd Grade Social-Emotional Learning

In second grade, students work on building social-emotional competencies such as self-awareness, accountability, flexibility, respect for and appreciation for others, intrinsic motivation and leadership skills. 

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2nd Grade Social Studies

The second grade social studies curriculum focuses on the theme of community, with topics including community structures, maps, history and more.

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Physical Education

Some of the key competencies that are emphasized in the P.E. program include balance, flexibility, coordination, reaction time, rhythm and orientation.

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Spanish

Students meet regularly with a Spanish teacher that helps them acquire language skills through fun and meaningful activities.

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Student Support

Our student support team provides resources to boost development of key academic and social-emotional competencies.

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World Music

In Lower School—Early Childhood, children receive an introduction to music through studies with a World Music specialist.

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Learn more about Calhoun's program for students in 3rd-5th grade.

Calhoun’s After School Program (ASP) offers a wide range of choices for after-school activities.