Our Communities of Faith
After much discussion in first grade about the relationship between humans and God, the primary focus in second grade is on our relationship with one another. Students in the second grade learn the definition of community, discuss various types of communities, and discover what comprises community in the Jewish and Christian traditions. Each class focuses on a unique component that will reinforce or deepen the students' understanding. These components include: common language and rules, rituals, celebrations, loyalty within the community, peace makers and making, defending the beliefs of the community, and making difficult moral choices. Bible stories and characters such as Ruth and Naomi, the tower of Babel, the Ten Commandments, the Sermon on the Mount, the miracle of loaves and fishes, and King Solomon are utilized to illustrate these concepts.
By the end of the school year, students in the second grade will be able to describe the various communities of which they are a part, talk about the importance of community, and better understand their own Jewish, Christian and interfaith communities.