In second grade, we continue to focus on the foundational skills that allow students to be successful readers, writers, and mathematicians, building on the conceptual understandings students developed in kindergarten and first grade. Second graders are learning to use strategies and skills independently and beginning to take responsibility for their own learning. In second grade we use a student-centered, social, and emotional learning approach towards teaching which follows the Responsive Classroom model. We create our own family community in our classroom that allows everyone to be themselves and welcomes all. In second grade we love to push ourselves in learning to prove our own abilities and learn that we are all capable of working individually and together.