Second Grade

  • Second Grade Curriculum 2013-2014

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Mathematics

  • Singapore Primary  We’re continuing with Singapore   You can read my reasoning for using two different math curricula here.  Mon, Tues, Wed, Thurs – 30 min lesson
  • Miquon Math – Miquon is just so much fun that I wanted to keep going with it.  Here is my reasoning for choosing two different math curricula.  *Also, a must is the Lab Annotations for Teachers and First Grade Diary to familiarize yourself with this off-beat approach.  I also HIGHLY recommend a set of plastic non-connecting cuiseniare rods whether or not you use Miquon. You can read about my love for c-rods and Miquon here.  Fridays – 15 minute lesson.
  • Math Play Day Games– to spice up our week and add a bit of variety to our lessons we use Fridays after our Miquon lesson to focus on a math game.  This can be anything from a board game, computer game, app, living book, etc.

A couple of our favorite online math games are :

  • Timez Attack – a free online math-based computer game
  • Jumpstart– an online learning virtual world

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Reading / Phonics

  • Explode the Code – Mira started the last workbook in this series (Book 8) and when she completes it, I anticipate moving on to Beyond the Code which focuses on comprehension and reasoning skills.  You can read my review and follow up on the ETC program.         Mon, Wed, Fri – 5 minute lesson.
  • Sustained Silent Reading – Mira uses an egg timer and sets it for 20 minutes for silent reading. She reads to herself while I work with her younger sisters on pre-k activities.  Mira is able to read whatever book she wishes.  She does this everyday for 20 minutes but I hope to increase it to 30 or even 45 min as the year progresses.   Daily – 20 minutes.
  • Read Aloud – I will continue reading aloud to my children nightly for as long as they live under my roof.  🙂  Aside from random picture or board books throughout the day, we read meatier chapter books at night right before bed.  At least two nights a week, I will ask Mira to read a few pages from our nightly read aloud.  It gives me a chance to work with her on things like fluency and following punctuation.  I hope to try to incorporate our nightly read alouds to coincide with our Story of the World history lessons by adding in historical living books.  You can check out my reading list logs here. Daily – varying times.

            Supplements used:

  • More.Starfall.com – I can not stress my LOVE for this website.  We utililized the free site (see free version here) exclusively for awhile but finally jumped in and purchased an annual subscription to their larger and more comprehensive site for roughly $30.  I consider it a sound investment.  More.Starfall. com has something for each of my children.
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Spelling  
  • All About Spelling – A staple of our homeschool.  You can chart our various progress and reviews on AAS here.  Mira started Level 5 over the summer and will continue to work her way through the levels at her own pace.  Mon, Wed, Fri – 20 minute lesson.
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Handwriting 
  • CopyWork – After completing the Joy of Handwriting last year in First Grade, Mira has a firm grasp of the cursive alphabet.  However in order to keep her practicing proper cursive technique we do regular CopyWork exercises that correspond to some of our other subjects.  I create these using Startwrite.
  • Journal – Mira keeps a personal journal that, the majority of the time, she writes in using cursive.   Mon, Fri – 5 min lesson.
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Grammar & Memory Work / Writing / Vocabulary   
  • First Language Lessons 2 – We started FLL2 over the summer and will continue with the program. Tues, Thurs 5 minutes per lesson.
  • Writing With Ease 2 – I highly recommend picking up the WWE workbook which has all of the copywork and lessons already laid out. I had dreams of creating my own to coincide with our read alouds but for me it was worth the money to have this already planned out for me. Tues, Thurs – 10 min lesson.
  • Word Box – Last year our main Vocabulary staple was our Word Box.  Each of my girls has an index box labeled alphabetically and whenever we hear or see an unfamiliar word, we look it up together and (depending on the age of the child) either write a definition or illustrate a picture. No designated time allotted- varies with books being read.
  • Wordly Wise 3000 Online – I picked this up on impulse through the Homeschool Buyers Co-Op (FYI – at the time of this post you can still save 89% off the school licence price off $375!  That means you can pick it up for ONLY $39.95!)  We’ll probably start out using it twice a week to get a feel for it and will add or subtract time depending on how we enjoy it.
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Foreign Language 
  • Song School Latin 2 – SSL was one of our big highlights of last year and we’re thrilled the sequel has finally been released.  SSL1 was so much fun and so easy to implement and tweak for each of my kids.  Here are links to my review in which I describe how I catered the program to work with younger students and my subsequent follow up.  Tues, Thurs – 15 minute lesson.
  • Minimus Mouse Starting Out In Latin – I picked this up while I was waiting for SSL2 to be released.  I do love the look and might try to utilize it after we complete SSL2.

         Supplement used:

  • Headventureland– The folks that made Song School Latin also have curriculum for Spanish, Greek, Logic, and the Bible.  This FREE online website is crammed with fun learning resources- games, videos, readers, and printable resources.  For us, the coloring pages were a must to use along with Song School Latin and we eagerly await the pages for SSL2!
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History
  • Story of the World – We took a lot longer to go through history than I had originally planned.  So we’ll keep making our way through the ancients before starting up the next book.  In any event, I plan on using the accompanying Activity Book for each Volume.  I know we won’t be able to fit every activity in but I hope to do enough to make many memorable experiences and fond memories. 2x week for varying times 
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Science  
  • Ancient Science – As I mentioned earlier, we’ve been taking longer with history than I originally planned so Ancient Science will follow us through into the first part of second grade as well.
  • Lyrical Science  On a whim, I picked a couple volumes and CDs of this program and will probably utilize the CD the most by playing them while we’re in the car.
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Geography
  • Map work  We had good success with geography and maps last year as outlined in Leigh Bortins book The Core.  Mira is in the beginning phase of learning how to draw the world map by using basic “blobs” and eventually will add detail and more definition. Check out my Beginner’s Video Tutorial on blobbing.            Mon, Wed, Fri – 10 minute lesson.
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Logic
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Art
  • Atelier Art – Unfortunately, last school year, this program got relegated to the back-burner for a majority of the year. I do still have the next level and hope to get back into the swing of it.  1x week – time varies.
  • Adventures in Art – We started this late in our Kindergarten year after receiving an inspirational music CD from which I went on to create our own mini-unit on art-appreciation.  I’m really hoping to complete the last few artists left on the CD- if for no other reason than to give myself a sense of completion with it.  Check out my review of the music CD that started it all.  Weekly time varies through activities and number of books to be read.
  • Mark Kistler’s Imagination Station – My, oh my! How my children adore Mark Kistler and his zany teaching style.  These online mini-marshmallow lessons are perfect for young budding artists.  Be sure to check the Homeschool Buyer’s Club because they normally have Kistler’s yearly subscription on sale (and since HSBC is free to join- you’d be silly not to check it out!) You can see my review and some samples of the girls work here.  The girls are free to use this whenever they like.  It’s is not specifically allotted into the week.
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Music
  • Piano –  Mira will continue with Alfred’s Basic Piano although I’m actively trying to find another way to teach her.  We are reaching the limits of mommy’s understanding of music and I would love to incorpate a professional teacher at some point.
  • Classical Coloring – Read my post on this fun and easy to implement activity here.
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Extracurricular
  •  Classical Conversations -after MUCH deliberation and back-and-forth dialogue between Howard and I, we’ve decided to enroll both Mira and Stella into CC this year. Lyra will be tagging along in the girls classrooms with me.  I’ll be writing out a more detailed blog post on our reasons for joining this co-op and will link to it as soon as it’s live.  I plan on charting our progress as secular homeschoolers within this Christian community and will highlight how we’ll be tweaking it to fit our needs.  This is such a big commitment and will really set the pace for the rest of our homeschool year.  The CC community comes with many phenomenal resources and I know that some of my other curricula may take a backseat to them as we progress into the program.

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4 Responses to Second Grade

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  2. Jody says:

    Wow that is big news – I’ll be so interested to read about the co-op! I love reading your curriculum choices as they get me thinking ahead. Sounds like you have a really exciting year planned.

  3. connie says:

    We are so thrilled about your decision to try CC!! Looking forward to a FANTASTIC homeschool year 🙂

  4. Amy says:

    Classical Conversations! Wow, that is a big change! I’ve deliberated MUCH about that too, and still haven’t decided to go for it. Mostly because I know it would set the course for the rest of our studies, and I’m not in a place where I want that to happen. I can’t wait hear how it goes for you!

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