Second Grade Courses

Courses for Students Completing Second Grade

Title Total cost Available sections
Jazz Up Your Writing $650 0
Exploring Light and Vision $700 0
Math for the Real World $650 0
Rainforests $700 0

 

Jazz Up Your Writing
In this course, we will explore the intersection of language, poetry, and music. Our musical journey begins with a focus on the rhythm of language. We will learn about using rhetorical devices such as personification, onomatopoeia, and metaphors to improve our descriptive writing and to analyze themes. Moving on to the interlude, we will work independently and as a group to develop original songs, which will be set to acoustic guitar accompaniment. The crescendo of our composition will include working together to create a class song book, which will showcase our songs, creative writing, and use of literary devices. Our finale will include publication and performance of our original compositions, both musical and written. Come join the band!
Homework per class meeting: Up to 20 minutes per day
Tuition: $570 · Materials fees: $80 · Total: $650  
ED3422
M T W T F
8:30 AM – 12:00 PM Patrick Hamilton
Closed

 

Exploring Light and Vision
When you look in a mirror, why does it seem like you’re inside the mirror? How do optical illusions play tricks on us? What exactly is light, anyway? In this course, we will investigate the basic properties of light and how our minds perceive visual information. Through hands-on activities we will study depth perception, the persistence of vision, reflection and refraction, parts of the eye, light waves, and many other topics. We will also build kaleidoscopes, periscopes, and projectors. Throughout the course, our focus will be on exploring the relationship between light, vision, and how we perceive the world.
Homework per class meeting: Up to 20 minutes per day
Tuition: $570 · Materials fees: $130 · Total: $700  
ED3423
M T W T F
8:30 AM – 12:00 PM Liliana Aguas
Closed
ED3424
M T W T F
1:00 PM – 4:30 PM Liliana Aguas
Closed

 

Math for the Real World
What does mathematics have to do with “the real world?” Math is everywhere around us, but it’s easy to lose sight of this fact in the confines of the classroom. In this class we take a fresh look at math, focusing on geometry and probability. Students will work individually and in groups, with emphasis on the importance of communication and collaboration in solving complex problems. Students will apply the concepts they learn to the real world challenges of creating pleasing artistic designs, sturdy architectural structures, and fun learning games, thus deepening their appreciation of the beauty, excitement, and practicality of mathematics.
Homework per class meeting: Up to 20 minutes per day
Tuition: $570 · Materials fees: $80 · Total: $650  
ED3425
M T W T F
8:30 AM – 12:00 PM Rupa Mahajan
Closed
ED3426
M T W T F
1:00 PM – 4:30 PM Rupa Mahajan
Closed

 

Rainforests
Explore the wonders of the tropical rainforest in this course created for young scientists. Together, we will investigate different aspects of rainforests: their plants and animals, their people, and their products. We will grow rainforest habitats in small groups and keep science journals detailing our observations through drawing and writing. We will research animals and write and create art projects about them. Also, we will discover just how many rainforest products we use in our daily lives and use many of them in recipes to make tasty treats. Throughout this course, the emphasis will be on the essential nature of the world’s rainforests: why we need the rainforests on our earth and what we can do to preserve them.
Homework per class meeting: Up to 20 minutes per day
Tuition: $570 · Materials fees: $130 · Total: $700  
ED3427
M T W T F
8:30 AM – 12:00 PM Carol Ponzio
Closed
ED3428
M T W T F
1:00 PM – 4:30 PM Carol Ponzio
Closed