Working With My Second Grader

After our math block and our language arts block comes my block of time with Rose, my second grader. We usually spend an hour or so together, just before lunch. During this time everyone else works on their independent work. At least in theory – I do have to check in occasionally to make sure said work is actually occurring!

Rose and I follow the same general pattern most days:

We are up to Lesson 191 – the end is in sight!!

    • I let her choose one or two books from our stack of Sonlight Core B reading for the day. We discuss each reading using the notes and questions in the Instructor’s Guide. We also look things up on our map if there is a map assignment.  
    Two of our current read-alouds and current reader

      • She reads aloud to me from her current reader
      • We do some more reading from our stack and discuss. 

      I don’t usually get to all of Rose’s readings in a day; I fit in what we can in an hour or so. I try to end with her science reading, because I can start setting up for lunch while I help her with her science sheet. If the questions involve any writing she dictates to me, other times she is circling, matching, or quick things like that on her own. Her Usborne World of Animals reading lately has included some map work (coloring, labeling, adding animal cut-outs to an ongoing sheet) that she can do independently. Sometimes we end our hour with Abeku to Zapotec, a Sonlight book & CD combo. She listens while I get lunch going.

      If I have extra time at the end of the day we do some of the readings we didn’t get to. I am having trouble fitting in the science experiments from Core B, so we are a couple of weeks behind on those. I planned for science experiments to be a Friday activity, because they tend to be pretty disruptive to everyone around us, but we always seem to run out of time. She loves doing them though, and I don’t want to skip them! So I am going to try doing them during our hour together. This will mean slowing down the pace of the readings, but I think it will be the easiest way to fit them in and there is usually only one experiment per week, so we can still get plenty of reading in.

      My next block post will be about our lunchtime subject!

      Second Grade Homeschool Plans

      This is my first in a series of four curriculum plan posts for next year….Rose’s second grade year.

      Language Arts 


          Literature, History, & Science

            Art & Music

            More Updates

            Second grade plan updated here. I  added in the subjects James will be doing with his siblings. This year we are combining Spanish, folksongs, nature study, art, picture study, and composer study. The only real change is the switch from using Writing with Ease to using Bravewriter Lifestyle suggestions. Honestly, I do think WWE is a great program- but all of my kids hate it. So before it entirely kills any love for writing they may have- it’s gotta go! This was one of my “ah-ha” moments this week. I want to focus more on writing this coming year than I have in the past, but I want to do so in a relaxed, enjoyable way.

            My stack of The Writer’s Jungle printout has been calling me all day as I rush here and there. I hope to find some time to read it in the next few days. So far, I love what I am reading. 

            Sixth grade plans should be up tomorrow morning! I finally feel like I’m making some progress!

            Second Grade Plans

            I am very slowly working my way through our plans for the 2012-2013 school year. I started with my youngest, because really preschool is such an easy and fun thing to plan! I very much enjoy planning for my older ones too- but preschool is stress-free. No need to fret over making just the right choices- because as long as we read out loud and have fun, it’s good.


            Next year, James will be in second grade, and he will be doing…


             Rightstart Level C, supplemented with Life of Fred Apples and Butterflies

            Language Arts

            First Language Lessons Level 2
            Bravewriter Lifestyle with The Writer’s Jungle
            Spelling- Spelling Workout Level B and first part of C


            Sonlight Core B, moving into Core C
            The Nature Connection


            La Clase Divertida-review Level 1 and the beginning of Level 2- but slowly!
            Getting Started with Spanish

            Art and Music

            Dynamic Art Projects for Children
            Picture study (1 artist every 6 weeks) plus corresponding projects from Discovering Great Artists
            Weekly folksong from this list
            Lives of the Musicians: Good Times, Bad Times, and What the Neighbors Thought
            The World’s Very Best Opera For Kids! (Rainbow Resource edition with teacher’s manual)
            Classics for Kids and VOX CD’s that we have on hand

            And the Rest

            Typing Instructor For Kids (optional for him)
            Rock Climbing and Swimming Lessons
            Weekly library trips
            Participation in weekly homeschool group and a monthly book club

            Rock Climbing