Thursday, February 4, 2010

Homeschool Second Grade

"Without confidence and love, there can be no true education." ~~ St. John Bosco

School Reviews/Plans that include second grade: 2012-13 (plans), 2012-13 (review), 2014-15, 2016-17

Religion: First Confession and First Communion!



  • Reading is definitely at level - whatever interests them, gets them going into reading (if not already a strong reader). The items below are all things I have used, but not necessarily with each kid.
  • Hooked on Phonics.
  • Devotional Stories for Little Folks and Devotional Stories for Little Folks Too (Catholic Heritage Curricula) - good for comprehension as well with questions at the end of each story.
  • Audio Books.
  • Read aloud using Seton's Faith and Freedom Readers (I love these books, and so do my children.)
  • Independent Reading -- child's choice, my choice, and historical books to add to the history curriculum.

Language Arts

  • Printing handwriting practice. (My kids all seem to do better with Handwriting without Tears, no matter their inherent talent or struggle.)
  • Spelling (Catholic Heritage Curricula) - at level. I have tried All About Spelling but I fizzled as a teacher with it. I could see it helping for a struggling child. I also wait for spelling until a child is reading more confidently.
  • Grammar (Catholic Heritage Curricula) - at level, and again, once reading more confidently.
  • Grammar Supplements: mad libs.
  • Writing: Writing with Ease - at level, if able.


  • Exploring Creation with Zoology 2: Swimming Creatures. (See science page for more detail.)
  • Exploring Creation with Zoology 1: Flying Creatures. (See science page for more detail.)


  • Connecting with History, volume 1: Ancient History (see history page for more detail).
  • Connecting with History, volume 3: High Medieval Times to Early Explorers (see history page for more detail).

Other Stuff

Naturally, plenty of other learning goes on - dance class, karate, homeschool group activities, faith extras, cooking, drawing and painting, etc. Specific blog posts below:

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