In the fall semester, I generally celebrate the three major holidays with the students: Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas. The students enjoy stories, songs, treats, crafts and theaters.
With the season changing, the students are reminded to observe and record how the nature changes. As time goes by, they learn to befriend their classmates and become more observant to the surroundings. For holiday activities, please click here.
Spring semester symbolizes a brand new start. Students have completed their alphabet in the fall semester and now come back with more maturity to learn how to do basic reading (blending).
The semester starts with activities that incorporates the ideas of CLIL (Content and Language Integrated Learning). In my class, I bring together Math, Life Science (Health & PE) and social studies (International Education) with English. The purpose is to introduce a world with English, and experiences that English is used as a tool instead of a language subject.
A huge focus in second grade is to continuously increasing the learners' reading fluency so that they will not be frustrated by level readers and books that contain long sentences and paragraphs. Students are encouraged and given opportunities to read for pleasure in class. They are introduced to books of various categories in the school library, and allotted time to share books amongst each other.
Small group sessions are organized to help readers develop their literacy skills. To encourage reading aloud, Seesaw and Classdojo is used in my class to share their readings to the class. Students created portfolios as they march forward to become better readers.
In recent years, we have also discussed SDGs topics and created projects to deepen our learners’ experiences about life, awareness of differences, and understanding of others. The children love to read about the maps and talk about events that happen around the world. The especially enjoy guests teachers from different part of Taiwan and the world.