The (seven going on) eight-year old ...Cognitively the child continues to be at home in a learning context where pictorial thought content is to the fore. Concepts are best understood meaningfully when they are mobile and organic in quality. The children continue to familiarize themselves with the fundamentals of numeracy and literacy, while in gross and fine motor movements - whether through skipping, catching and throwing a ball, or knitting, crocheting or flute-playing - they develop a repertoire of skills and competencies that were initially introduced in grade 1. Thus the intellect is allowed to awaken through the artistic approach. Reading books begin to be used in grade 2. A differentiated approach to reading is used including whole class reading, child to child and child to adult reading and supported with regular practice in the recognition of auditory, visual and kinesthetic patterns. Spelling is based on a whole language approach reinforced by contextual, phonic and kinesthetic methods.
The Tasks and Content of the Steiner-Waldorf Curriculum edited by Kevin Avison and Martin Rawson