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ARTS AND MUSIC

STEM

Mastering the building blocks of creativity

Practicing new skills

Art projects offer opportunities to explore line, shape, color, and composition in a variety of media.

Students strengthen their number sense and computational skills. They also participate in projects that require collaborative work. We use our campus as a laboratory for science activities, including an in-depth study of birds— their appearance in different seasons, their songs, and habits.

HUMANITIES

SPECIAL PROJECT

Our diverse New York home

Aquarium math project This project brings together everything we’ve studied this year. Each student designs a fish tank, choosing a specific type of fish, account-ing for their particular measurements, space needs, price, etc. Each student must draw fish to scale and write a letter explaining the details of the project.

Second graders read more complex texts in a variety of genres and develop their comprehension skills by discussing what they read and engaging in design thinking around solutions for problems faced by characters in the stories. In social studies, we extend children’s understanding of multiple groups: their family, their school, their neighborhood, and the larger community.

ABOVE: Second graders learn about their local community by studying NYC neighborhoods. TOP RIGHT: Students and teachers work together to understand increasingly complex texts.

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Learning Experience

Students learn about instruments, notes and the musical staff and how to create their own rhythmic combinations. Improvisation is emphasized through the use of the xylophone and percussion instruments.

Lower School: Second Grade

Second graders continue to develop their skills as readers as they explore more complex texts in a variety of genres. They have opportunities to build comprehension skills and the ability to express their understandings both orally and in writing. Additionally, we utilize rich literature as a platform for class discussions and practicing design thinking.

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Profile for Riverdale Country School

The Riverdale Learning Experience (2019)  

The Riverdale learning experience is influenced by many factors: the growing science of how children learn, the role of character strengths...

The Riverdale Learning Experience (2019)  

The Riverdale learning experience is influenced by many factors: the growing science of how children learn, the role of character strengths...