What a world we live in! In these days of COVID-19 homeschooling is becoming a common household practice across the nation. More parents are taking on the role of teacher to ensure the safety and successful education of our youth — and I’m loving it!
A few months ago I spent hours researching the many different homeschooling curriculums available. Instead of purchasing a complete second grade curriculum set, I decided to piece together my own mish-mash of programs. Ultimately, I chose programs that aligned closely with California’s second grade standards that also seemed like it contained content that would be engaging to my seven year old. This article showcases the programs we will be using this year and some highlights of the features that really caught my eye
Pro Tip: If you’re in the market for second grade homeschool curriculum, make it fun! After all here on this blog we love to shop. I searched high and low on the internet for reviews on various programs. When the kiddos go to bed pour a glass of wine and begin your search.
NOTE: These resources are just my picks and suggestions. Tailor your picks to your child’s level. My son is learning Spanish primarily in school, so he will be behind in English Language Arts until 4th or 5th grade.
Abeka’s math lessons are super kid friendly and makes math fun. Their lessons contain worksheets with a variety of different kinds of math problems in different formats. There are colored illustrations that appeal to children and make doing math fun. Gone are the days of a full page of black and white equations to solve. Abeka’s Arithmetic 2 teaches new skills while continually building and strengthening the previous skills learned. They deliver the content in a non-boring and non-repetitive way. I honestly wish I had this math program when I was in second grade twenty-something years ago.
I knew during the first moment I laid eyes on the Scott Foresman science curriculum, that it was going to be the perfect program for my son. It was the most kid-friendly format and layout of all the science options I looked at. There are small block paragraphs, amazing photos/illustrations, and tons of color. The themes and worksheets are age appropriate and perfect for a second grader. My son is so excited about this book that he already started reading it. Each page draws him in, and keeps him interested and that is important for a textbook. I absolutely love this program and will be using his 3rd grade series next year!
Scott Foresman – Social Studies, Grade 2, People and Places
Why I chose Scott Foresman, Grade 2, People and Places
Scott Foresman’s social studies curriculum for the second grade level is all about people and places. Just like his science curriculum that I discussed above, his social studies program is equally as awesome. I love the way he formats the content in the textbook. It is interesting and engaging for young eight year old brains. Filled with images, colors, and short text blocks. It introduces important historical topics in a simple way and even has a really cool unit on how to read and understand maps. I am excited to go over these important life lessons with my son this year.
Evan Moor – Building Spelling Skills – Level 1 and 2
I must’ve looked at 10 or so second grade spelling curriculum’s earlier this year and ultimately decided on Evan Moor’s Spelling Skills because it was the most straight forward and simplistic. I love how clear and concise the spelling lists and practice activities are. It was important for me to find a straight-to-the-point spelling program for my son. I didn’t want distracting colorful word games, instead I wanted simple, repetitive, and effective. Evan Moor’s spelling skills program is just that!
All About Learning Press – All About Reading Level 2
Last year when looking at phonics programs, I was came across countless raving reviews about the All About Learning Press’ – All About Reading program. The reviews left such a significant impact on me that I had to buy it and try it. What I love about this program is all of the leveled readers are combined into two hardbound books. So each “chapter” is actually an appropriate leveled story. This eliminates the disaster of 40-50 tiny paperback readers all over the house and easy to get lost. Each lesson has reading with corresponding comprehension and phonics practice worksheets to go along with it. It has enough repetition so that students can master reading skills but still keeps it fun.
Do you remember using Trophies language arts curriculum in school? I do. I adore this series. These textbooks consist of many level-appropriate stories for reading. Pair that with the teacher’s manual and the student workbooks and you have a complete (and totally effective) language arts curriculum. Trophies lessons include vocabulary, grammar, parts of speech, and more all while keeping your young reader entertained with fun reading material. If you’re in the market for these books, I’ve found that they do become available somewhat regularly on Amazon and eBay. Keep your eye out and grab the textbooks when you see them.
Creating the perfect homeschool curriculum for your second grader doesn’t have to be overwhelming. The programs listed above are suggestions based on the hours of research I did when shopping for our second grade curriculum. Remember to enjoy the flexibility and freedom to provide your child with an education that is uniquely theirs. Make it fun for both you and them.
Have you finalized your homeschool curriculum shopping? Leave a comment below with what you are most excited about for the upcoming school year.
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