In the 1st/2nd grade classroom, children expand their academic skills through direct experiences. Books are selected for their high-quality stories, illustrations, and interest level. These books are readily available and children learn to read and write as part of an integrated language and literacy program throughout the curriculum. The 1st and 2nd grade math program is designed to help children practice skills by exploring, discovering, and learning math in the context of daily living. Large and small group activities empower each child to think, plan, talk, and be engaged. The children learn through hands-on activities as they begin to “research” topics of special interest, using available technology to facilitate the process. The STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics) curriculum is explored through investigations, special projects, and items of interest brought into the classroom. Gardening is a part of the outdoor curriculum. 1st and 2nd graders enjoy weekly reading time with preschool buddies and students receive weekly instruction in Spanish, music, and P. E. All students attend 5 full days.