I am so excited to start a new school year with my kids. Although, to be honest, I’m also a little nervous! This is the first year I’ll be teaching 3 of my kids at once and I have no idea how our new routine will play out. But I’ve been working hard this summer to plan and prepare to make the transition as smooth as possible, and we’re almost ready to start! Because I love reading about other families’ curriculum choices, I thought I would share mine here. Maybe this will give you some ideas for your own family, or introduce you to curriculum you’ve never heard of. Either way, here are our second grade homeschool curriculum choices.
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Second Grade Homeschool Curriculum Choices:
As I shared last year, we love using the Memoria Press literature guides. I will be continuing this year with their second grade curriculum, and we’re so looking forward to the great books we’ll read! This year we’ll read classics from Beatrix Potter as well as Little House in the Big Woods (and more).
I love the literature guides because they are so easy to use, encourage vocabulary and comprehension, and make planning simple for me.
Spelling and Phonics:
We’re also continuing with All About Spelling this year. We’ll probably spend the first week or so reviewing the words and rules from level one, but then we’ll dive into level 2.
This program has also been super easy to use and has helped my daughter tremendously with her spelling.
We have a set of magnetic letters that we use to practice before writing the words out on paper, and she loves it!
In addition, I have a daily language review workbook that is great for reviewing all kinds of language skills. It’s short and sweet, and gives her some independent review practice each day.
I also have several Explode the Code workbooks, so some days I will probably change things up and let her work in these. Luckily, I found several at our homeschool curriculum fair for $1 a piece!
This year we’re going to try something brand new to all of us: latin. I feel like this will be helpful in future language learning, so we’ll give it a shot! We’ll be using Prima Latina which is also from Memoria Press.
I don’t know any latin, so this is going to be an adventure. 😉 But this curriculum has received great reviews and is written specifically for young children. So I’m excited to give it a try!
This year I’m going to spend some time each day reading through The Mystery of History, Vol. 1. I’m excited to read through this with my kids and learn along side of them. I love history, but struggle to remember and keep track of dates, people, places, etc.
I’m also going to have my daughter work through the Draw and Write Through History books. She absolutely loves drawing, and these books seem to go along well with The Mystery of History. (I thought we would use these last year, but never got to it. Now that her cursive is stronger, she’ll go through them on her own.)
They include cursive copywork summaries that she can use to practice her cursive handwriting, which she enjoys.
(Last year, I taught her cursive with this simple to use New American Cursive workbook).
Last year, I worked through the Singapore grade 1 books with her. I saw such tremendous strides in her understanding and number sense, we will be continuing with Singapore this year.
I am completely in love with this program, and she loves that the workbook pages include fun review and practice.
If you’re interested in Singapore math, you will need the textbooks (A and B) as well as the student workbooks (A and B).
Also available are “Home Instructor’s Guides” (A and B). If you don’t feel confident teaching math or switching to this curriculum (which doesn’t include much explanation in the textbook itself) I highly recommend purchasing the instructor guides.
Here are other math programs that I’ve used if you’re looking to compare:
- Math-U-See Primer Review (Kindergarten)
- Redbird Mathematics Review (Kindergarten/first grade)
- Mr. D’s Math (high school courses)
Because my kids are still young, we don’t have a formal science curriculum. Instead, I pull from a variety of resources, or encourage impromptu science lessons based on things that interest them.
Some of our favorite resources:
- Green Kid Craft kits: these are so simple to just pull out and use together. No prep or research needed. All the materials are included, as well as a simple explanation of the science.
- The Curious Kid’s Science Book by Asia Citro. This book is PACKED with fun, hands on science lessons and explorations. And most use materials we already have around the house.
- Magic School Bus books and videos: my kids also love the Magic School Bus. We have a large collection of books, and they love to watch the t.v. show on Netflix.
Finally, we also try to spend time each day engaging with God’s word. Sometimes this simply means reading from one of my favorite children’s bibles: The Gospel Story Bible by Marty Machowski.
Sometimes, we will spend time working on scripture memory and going through their AWANA journal.
And this year I also hope to complete this Missionary bible study by Kim Sorgius. I like to mix things up, so right now I’m thinking we will have “Missionary Monday” and spend a little time each week going through this study.
We also participate in Bible Study Fellowship, so my two youngest kids will go to this with me each week.
And I think that’s everything! Whew! We are going to be so busy, but it is such a joy to be home spending this time with my kids everyday and learning alongside them.
Want to see our first grade curriculum choices? I shared this last year, but will mostly be completing the same curriculum with my son this year.
What are your curriculum choices? Share in the comments! I love learning about great curriculum!
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