Our 2nd Grade Curriculum Choices



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I cannot believe my little one is a second grader now! Time sure does fly by. I had fun selecting our curriculum for this year and cannot wait to share it with you. 


So, before you wonder – no, the picture above is not my little girl. I am not a great photographer, so that is what you get. :-)

Last year we had a GREAT year! In first grade my daughter went from a beginning reader to a fluent reader at about a 4th grade level. I cannot take much credit for it though – I think I was just blessed with a natural reader and speller (thank you God!)

This is what we used LAST YEAR for first grade:

  • Math – Abeka Grade 1 Math
  • Language Arts – WinterPromise Paragraphs to Pages – let me tell you a little about this, because we are using their language arts again this year. We are an eclecticly Charlotte Mason style family. I like to start off K using Abeka Phonics because I think it is a great program to solidify phonics skills and then we move to a more CM style after they are reading well. I thought Paragraphs to Pages was going to be more CM than it was though. We stuck with it and are doing it this year too because my daughter LOVED it. She adored the stories, which she read every day as part of the lesson. There is a good portion of reading and then about 4 worksheets to do that incorporate spelling, vocabulary, and grammar study. I was not crazy about all the “busy-work” and we sometimes skipped a page or two, but all-in-all it has kept her excited to do school; which is why we are using it again this year. More on that below.
  • History – The Mighty Works of God from The Pilgrim Institure – we really enjoyed the readers. All we did was read the books and talk about it.
  • Science – Lapbooking through Plants From Elemental Science – we did this fun lapbook and used the suggested books in the guide to learn about plants. We also read through Christian Liberty Press’ Our Father’s World and the Nature Reader Book 1
  • Bible – we read through The Gospel Story Bible: Discovering Jesus in the Old and New Testaments and worked on Scripture Memory

So – on to our NEW Curriculum for the upcoming school year! 

Language Arts

I mentioned above we are using WinterPromise for Language Arts again. The level we are using is Readers to Real BooksThis is not MY first choice, but my little one literally begged me to do it again. I did not purchase the Teacher Manual, because quite frankly, I dislike teacher manuals. In the past when I have had them, they just collected dust. I also did not purchase their handwriting or the other books. I mean, this curriculum is EXPENSIVE and I had no desire to spend even more. I only purchased the 4 write-in readers, which is still really pricey. But, how often do you have a child BEG you to use a particular curriculum? I skipped the next in line and went right to this one because my daughter is a very strong reader. It is for grades 2/3 and covers all language arts. The part that I really DO like about this curriculum is the reading. It is a 4-day a week curriculum and each of the 4 days includes quite a bit of reading, so I do not have to worry that she is not reading enough if we do not get to other books. The stories are cute too and she loves them and often asks to read ahead! 

I have heard that the Language Arts 3 and Up are more Charlotte Mason-y so I will have to decide later to stick with it or move on to a more traditional Charlotte Mason style language arts curriculum.

WP-LAMathI am absolutely THRILLED that my daughter passed the placement test for Teaching Textbooks 3, since it starts at grade 3. Using Abeka Math in K & 1 prepared her to have great math skills so diving into grade 3 Teaching Textbooks is a great transition for her. When we received it in the mail last month or so, she was so excited that she was doing lessons in no time. That quickly fizzled out though, because she is enjoying her summer of pool time and play dates and officially no longer thinks school is “fun.” :-(

We are a Teaching Textbooks home and my high schooler is using Teaching Textbooks Geometry. I LOVE, LOVE, it because I do not have to teach OR grade it. WIN! We used it when my oldest was in Elementary and moved away from it and then came back for good. You can read about our math journey and why we left TT and how we are enjoying being back here. To read our 11th grade curriculum selections, click here.

TT-3

History

We are using the prior edition of A Living History of our World because my daughter is on the cover, LOL.  Master Books is publishing it now and you can learn more about it here.  This is a Charlotte Mason style history curriculum with stories that are easy for kids to understand. I used this with my oldest when she was younger and she really enjoyed the student notebooking journal that accompanies it. We are a big notebooking family and I look forward to also utilizing our Notebooking Pages LIFETIME Membership with her!

This is the OLD cover, but I wanted you so see her adorableness. The new edition is available here

LHOOW1

Science

We are using Exploring Creation with Zoology 1: Flying Creatures of the Fifth Day this year, along with the lapbook that you can get to use with it. We are just going to take it slow and read through the book and lapbook along with it.
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Bible

We are always reading God’s Word in our home. I haven’t selected a “curriculum”, but we will be doing some character building copywork using Scriptures and possibly using some products from Character Concepts. I really like Proverbs People, but not quite sure if I need to wait another year or not.

Charlotte Mason Co-Op

I am super excited about the co-op we joined this year. All of the awesome CM “subjects” that get left behind will be covered: Poetry and Hymn Study, Nature Study, Art & Picture Study, Composers, and even U.S. Geography!

My prayer is that this year we love doing school together and I can manage my time with working at home and homeschooling my kids better than I have in the past. I pray you have a blessed school year too!

Written by Carrie

Carrie

Carrie is the owner & operator of Homeschool Giveaways. She is also the Operations Manager for Build Your Bundle – a once a year HUGE homeschooling sale. She has been homeschooling for ten years, has two girls and works side by side at home with her awesome husband. She has been saved by grace, fails daily, but continues to strive toward the prize of the high calling of being a daughter of the Most High God.

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