The 2nd grade reading/language arts program builds the students’ reading skills and allows them to explore their interests. Children read for pleasure independently and also participate daily in small, theme-based reading groups. Daily oral language exercises solidify children’s mechanical and grammatical skills, while journaling, directed- and free-writing times provide additional opportunities for children to develop writing skills and share their creative work.
The math program emphasizes the validity of divergent thinking. By developing varied mathematical strategies, students reinforce and enhance computational and problem-solving skills. These skills are then applied to real-life situations. Hands-on activities build concepts such as measurement, money, place value and time. 

The social studies program encourages exploration of various cultures. The study of different family styles and traditions enriches the children with integrated research experiences and an awareness of the world and lives of others. Classroom access to the World Wide Web provides an exciting and up-to-date investigative tool as well as the opportunity to correspond with individuals around the world. 

Intergenerational experiences with members of the North Shore Senior Center add variety and richness to the second grade experience while introducing seven- and eight-year-olds to North Shore’s commitment to service. 

Whether singing or acting in the 2nd grade play, sharing or writing family memories, practicing Spanish, creating art, doing animal presentations or interviewing famous people for the biography unit, 2nd graders actively extend their understanding and knowledge of the world around them and acquire the strategies to become curious, engaged, self-directed, lifelong learners.
North Shore Country Day School is a junior kindergarten through 12th grade, college-preparatory school founded in Winnetka, Illinois in 1919.  With rigorous academic pursuit as the cornerstone, North Shore provides many opportunities for all students to excel – in the classroom and the laboratory, on the stage and the playing field, in their communities and beyond.