Second grade lands right in the middle of your child’s formative years. As such, this school year is a crucial time for your student’s academic, physical, emotional, and social development.
If you’re seeking the best private school to educate your child during this critical time, you’ve come to the right place. Yorkshire Academy has been educating Houston students for 37 years. Our lower elementary school is highly-reputable, well-known for quality academics and top-notch enrichment programs. Our teaching and administrative staff have a wealth of experience and offer compassionate care every day of the week. Learn more about starting second grade at Yorkshire Academy’s private elementary.
Second Grade Highlights
- Reading Cafe
- Thanksgiving Play
- SEEDS—Ocean Guardian Projects
- 50th and 100th Day of School Dress Up Celebrations
- Second/Third Grade Reading Buddies
- Science Fair
- PSIA Academic Competition
“What makes second grade at Yorkshire so special? Second graders are encouraged to learn and grow in a nurturing environment where hands on learning takes place. We practice the three R’s: responsibility, respect, and resolving conflicts! In second grade, we throw kindness around like confetti and leave a little sparkle wherever we go!”
—Elizabeth Williams, second grade teacher
Striving for Our Lofty Mission
At Yorkshire Academy, we’re committed to fulfilling our mission statement in everything we do. We use this message as a benchmark for our success, as well as a guideline for the future. Our team strives to adhere to its values for students in all of our classes. Our philosophy reads as follows: “We respect each student’s individuality. We invest time and energy in helping students understand that they are worthy, have talent, and can succeed. We build confidence, encouraging students to understand that risks are worth taking, and failure is a learning opportunity. We encourage students to stretch beyond their current achievements and points of view, thereby helping them build self-esteem and pride of accomplishment.”
Our Second Grade Dream Team
Yorkshire Academy has built a dream team of educators to teach our second graders. Led by Judy Drilling and Elizabeth Williams, second graders realize their potential. Their years of experience in the classroom, combined with their predispositions toward kindness and understanding, make them perfect for this role. Each of our instructors is easily accessible through email and utilizes other communication tools such as sharing pictures and videos weekly using the Seesaw program. We’re always ready to open a line of communication with parents!
“Here’s why I love the second grade… Second graders really make sense of what they’re reading and express their understanding of it. I can really do a lot of fun and engaging lessons that are reading-heavy in all subjects. Students can put their thoughts in paragraphs and projects as they apply more difficult math concepts. Additionally, I’m able to challenge them more because they understand more. Second grade students are learning to be independent and they have the opportunity to be role models for younger students.”
—Judy Drilling, second grade teacher
A Robust Science Curriculum
Science is one of our second graders’ favorite subjects at our private elementary school. Your student will learn the basics of scientific thinking through a combination of projects, experiments, and hands-on learning. Our curriculum covers all the bases when it comes to the fundamentals of science. You can expect your child to become familiar with matter, force, life cycles, nutrition, fossils, natural resources, and much more.
Mastering Second Grade Language Arts
Building upon your child’s existing reading and writing skills is essential in second grade. Our lower elementary school students focus on learning grammar and mechanics through interesting readings and entertaining stories we read together and assign as homework. Throughout second grade, your student will gain a better grasp of grammar, as well as work on cursive writing skills. Your child will learn to love reading with a third-grade reading buddy and master the art of writing to a pen pal.
Improving Math Fluency at Yorkshire Academy
Go Math! curriculum builds upon the principle’s students learned in first grade and takes them to the next level. This program involves interactive learning modules where students can practice difficult concepts and apply them to real-life scenarios. Our amazing team also integrates other resources to create a challenging curriculum that builds confidence and strong conceptual understanding of math.
Understanding All Aspects of Social Studies
Social Studies in second grade is action packed! We study geography with interactive maps and images of landforms. Then we build upon their knowledge with studies in culture and how it’s related to the global and local environment. Our private school curriculum also includes units in history, civics, and economics. Second graders come away with a well-rounded appreciation of social studies.
We Include Technology in the Second Grade Classroom
At Yorkshire Academy, we recognize the growing importance of utilizing technology in the classroom. Advances and technology aren’t slowing down any time soon and getting children to understand these resources early on is crucial. Second graders learn the basics of computers, including typing and presentation skills, and coding, as well as becoming adept at completing assignments and projects on all platforms and devices.
Enriching Your Second Grader’s Education
Second grade is about more than just memorizing facts set out by the state of Texas. At Yorkshire Academy, your child will also have the advantage of numerous enrichment programs to complement their education in math, reading, and science. We incorporate art and music into our curriculum, as well as physical education courses, Spanish language, computer skills, library, and social-emotional learning.
Teaching Much More than Math and Science
Beyond academics, Yorkshire Academy also focuses on teaching a range of life skills your child will use for years to come. Our hands-on activities and curriculum emphasize collaboration and negotiation among peers, as well as conflict resolution. We also incorporate opportunities for creativity, decision-making, and leadership. We’re here to help your child develop the character traits they’ll need for the entirety of their life.
Getting Started on Calming and Mindfulness Techniques
In addition to a variety of life skills, our second graders also learn calming and mindfulness techniques. These strategies can help your student manage stress and take new challenges in stride. Life is always throwing you challenges, so starting students on mindful techniques early prepares them to handle stressful situations. A little dose of yoga might be thrown in some days.
Highly-Anticipated Field Trips
Field trips are among the most anticipated days for our lower elementary school students. We’ve taken our second graders to a plethora of educational attractions around Houston. In the past, we’ve visited the Crocodile Encounter, Downtown Aquarium, Main Street Theatre, Space Center Houston, West Bay Common School, and so many more.
Highlighting Some of Our Special Programs
As we mentioned earlier, second grade is more than just memorizing math facts and grammar rules. We strive to provide an enriching environment full of non-conventional learning opportunities. In addition to exciting field trips, we stage a spring musical and compete in district and state academic meets. For our students who love to have their nose buried in a book, we hold a reading challenge, as well as pair students with a reading buddy. Our SEEDS program is also one of our top offerings, also known as Students Engaging the Environment through Discovery and Science. The SEEDS program has turned our young students into devoted ocean environmentalists.
A Typical Day as a Yorkshire Academy Second Grader
Classes at our Houston private school start promptly at 8:00 a.m. each morning. We suggest arriving at around 7:45 a.m. to ensure your student has time to get organized before their action-packed day begins. School stays in session until 2:30 p.m.
Get in Touch with Houston’s Premier Private School
Interested in learning more about second grade at Yorkshire Academy? Our team is always ready to answer your questions! We understand discerning parents might have lots of inquiries to make concerning academics, special programs, and more. We’ll endeavor to address each of your questions with a succinct, complete answer to put your mind at ease. Second grade is a crucial time in your student’s development, but our lower elementary school has the resources to set your child up for success. Get in touch with our Houston private school for more information.