It's that time of year, again. I've been (lazily) busy making lesson plans, downloading and creating worksheets and notebooking pages and weeding through the second grade projects I've been Pinning for years. As I near the end (and as our first day draws near), I thought it would be a good time to share the big plan with you.
*I have included links to everything. Some of these are Amazon Associate links, some lead directly to the product site (non-affiliate), Pinterest boards and book lists link to Listmania lists. Even though I am an Amazon Associate, I feel that it's only fair to say that many of these can be purchased for better prices through sites like Rainbow Resource or Christian Books. I actually got several of ours used through Abe Books. I have no affiliation with any of these sites, except as a customer.
|Second Grade Language Arts|
Language arts is pretty straightforward. We are switching to Rod & Staff for grammar, since neither of us were enjoying First Language Lessons. While the majority of his writing will be cross-curricular, I believe he will benefit from the written portions in the R&S text. He will continue with All About Spelling and D'Nealian handwriting. Reading will be from books I've pre-selected. He will be doing simple book reports as an expansion of his narrations.
|Second Grade Math|
This may seem like a ton of math programs, but none of them will be done every single day. I've created a plan for a boy who likes a math challenge and hates repetition (even in daily life).
|Second Grade History|
We will be following Story of the World much more closely this year for Middle Ages than we did with Ancients in first grade. Robbie's not keen on coloring pages, so we'll skip most of those in favor of as many hands-on projects as we are able and willing to do. He will be doing more in-depth notebooking than last year, as well.
He will also begin a study of the states. We'll cover one state per week using sheets I've made as well as those available for free from Crayola. He adores his Stack the States app and it has sparked an interest in learning more. Stack the States is available on Amazon, Google Play, and iTunes for $0.99.
|Second Grade Science|
Our World of Science book will be the spine for Earth Science and Astronomy. It has large sections on each of these sciences. I have to be honest, I'm not very impressed with the "... for Every Kid" experiment books, now that I have them. We will probably do very few of those and mostly pull our experiments, demonstrations and projects from Pinterest. YouTube videos from the BBC, NASA, Bill Nye and more are also a big part of this year's science plan. I'm sure our Magic School Bus box set will make a few appearances, as well.
ART, MUSIC & GREEK
|Second Grade Music, Greek and Art|
Robbie will continue his Greek language studies, but we chose to try the Hey, Andrew! Teach Me Some Greek! series. He loved the Greek Alphabet Code Cracker, but was not impressed when I showed him samples of Greek for Children. I'm hoping this is a good fit... after all, he helped to pick it out.
Guitar lessons will be on-demand, since his interest is waning. Music appreciation will be bi-weekly composer/band/artist studies chosen by RockerDad and myself. This will mainly consist of reading a short bio, listening to music and (when appropriate) watching live footage.
I'm really excited about art, though. I have chosen 36 lessons from the free Art Projects for Kids website. I really think he'll enjoy them.
|Second Grade P.E. Activities|
P.E. will be two daily recesses during school time along with daily stretching and general exercises. He will also be playing seasonal sports, doing long bike rides and physical Cub Scout activities. We will be using various drills from NAYS (National Alliance for Youth Sports) as structured outdoor sports time.
I hope you've enjoyed the peek at our plan. I love to read posts about curriculum choices, so feel free to link to yours in the comments section!
- If you'd like to see what we've used in previous years, just click below!
- 2013 - 2014 First Grade
- 2012 - 2013 Kindergarten
- 2011 - 2012 Pre-K