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second grade homeschool curriculum choices
We just finished our first week of second-grade homeschool. Success! I am really loving what curriculum we have decided on and wanted to share. I hope this post encourages you where ever you at on your homeschool journey.
Last year we did Bookshark for first grade, but supplemented in the rest of Sonlight’s curriculum. I also went a little overboard, ok a lot overboard, and we read probably too many books. Is that a thing to read too much? I bought Sonlight this year to see if I happened to see a difference. Nope. Practically identical. I like literature-based learning, however at heart I am too eclectic to have that be sole model.
This year, we are incorporating other aspects into our second-grade homeschool. I wanted to restructure back into Charlotte Mason as that was how we really started our homeschool journey. I found some great resources I will be sharing so be sure to stick around. Shall we?
After much research last year, I went with RightStart Math. We started in level B. This year we are on level C. Seriously, I cannot say enough about this second-grade math curriculum.
It is mom intensive. However, that is what I love about homeschooling. I get to learn all over again! Each lesson takes between 15-30 minutes, depending on if you play a game each day. Lessons can be broken down to 4 per week with a 36 week year.
Last year we did block scheduling every other month, and this worked well to do 2-4 lessons at a time. It is an investment upfront, but totally worth it. I can already see the fruits of his brain figuring numbers better than traditional arithmetic approach.
My son is a struggling reader, but I keep telling myself, I will not fret over it. I know it is completely normal at this age. So, if you have a young one struggling this program is a must! Last year we used The Good and the Beautiful. We started with level K, and this is where my son is still at. It is a great choice, however he needed something different. The level K is really like a first/second-grade level. I do love the phonics cards Jenny offers.
I decided to go with Language lessons for a living education. WE LOVE THIS! I cannot emphasize how much we love this second-grade homeschool curriculum choice for language arts. It is simple. Super simple, yet incredibly thorough. Instead of having him do separate copy work, narration, and learning grammar; it’s all in there in one spot.
The best part is, it is Christian. I am so grateful to have found this. There are two 9 week sections with lessons 5 days a week. Each lesson takes 10-15 minutes which is exactly what he needed right now. I was apprehensive to order it, since I already had 2 other LA programs, but I am so glad I did. You will not regret it. It is perfect.
History & Geography
We use Sonlight’s Read Aloud’s, and living books. I must add that I do not advocate for a child’s history of the world. We stopped reading it. I think it gives in inaccurate account of historical events. I supplement other books I think would be a good fit that I hear about, or that I find at the thrift store. We are going to be doing some lap booking this year.
My most favorite book that I believe is a MUST HAVE for anyone with 3-9-year-olds is Around the World with Kate and Mack. It is mission-minded and is perfect for reading with this age. I wish I would have ordered it sooner.
Since we read so much, I have not directly committed to a history program. We do keep a daily bible study in our home. Since my son is not reading on his own, I feel exposing him to historical events and important facts is giving him a good foundation to dive into history once he is reading fully.
If you asked him what his favorite subject is, he would say history. Historical novels are so rich in allowing the imagination to understand history. He loves to learn about other cultures and people groups. His current favorite is Windows on the World.
The Mystery of History is a great program if you are interested in something with more of a structure than living books and narration.
I am so excited this year to add in Latin. Though we are not homeschooling classically, I wanted to add it in this year. We are using Song school Latin. The lessons are super fun, and the boys are loving them.
We use living books and are planning to do some fun science projects this year. The best living book I have found that we keep reading is The Bluest of Blues. It is beautiful and introduces the child to Latin and scientific discovery. It goes along great with nature study and reinforces the idea that science is all in the eyes of the beholder.
I also let the boys watch a science DVD each week. I have loosely followed Sonlight’s science. The boys like the science experiments, and the picture photo books.
We started Suzuki piano lessons last year. It has been wonderful. I explain all about the method in the post. It is a definite read if you are interested in what the method is, and if it is right for your family.
My hope is that we do art weekly, but the reality is not always the case. I am praying for diligence and with scheduling better this year, we should keep on our artwork weekly. We have artistic pursuits, but honestly, I think it is overrated. It is nice with the study, however on Pinterest there are some amazing mamas out there offering much more.
We are blessed to live on the Big Island of Hawaii, on a small homestead. My boys are active on the land and in the ocean. We keep chickens, bunnies, and have cats. This keeps us plenty busy.
If we can manage to squeeze in a camping trip, we’re good. I do lead the boys in what we call ninja drills. Basically it consists of lots of pushups, and running through the jungle forest.
Daddy is an eagle scout and we just bought the first edition boy scout manual. If you have boys, and are Christian, seriously it will be the best $5 you ever spent. This is a MUST HAVE!
That wraps up our second-grade homeschool curriculum choices. I would love to hear what you’re using. That’s how we all keep finding out about great resources. If you have any questions, or are new to homeschooling click here for a list of top homeschool websites.