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Old 02-03-2013, 11:36 AM   #1
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2nd grade curriculum recommendations??

Hi, my dd1 is in a parttime 1 st grade school/ homeschool program and I'm thinking of homeschooling full time next year. I want to know what good 2 nd grade curriculum is. I like easy, not teacher intensive, fun and effective! She's making all 100's now and we use Abeka, bob jones, Shirley English and Zaner Bloser writing.

I am really concerned with finding a good math curriculum the most. I have four kids 6 and under so we are very busy but I've been missing her so much when she's gone and feel I can do it just fine on my own now. Thanks for any advice!

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If things are working well with the curriculum she is using now, I would just keep going. If it ain't broke, don't fix it.
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We dread Shirley English and I know there has to be a better language curriculum for a 7 year old. She says she hates the science and history and those should be fun! They were her favorites last year. Math is just so stale, boring and not a good fit. It's a good idea for parttime school but I just don't like the curriculum.
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Re: 2nd grade curriculum recommendations??

My oldest will be second grade next year. Here's what I'm planning.

Math:
Beast Academy year 3
(She is accelerated a year in math. This year we're doing Singapore Math year 2. It's a very solid program.)

Language Arts:
First Language Lessons (grammar)
Writing With Ease (writing)
Cursive copywork
All About Spelling (finish level 3, move on to 4 maybe)
Reading certain books

Science:
RSO: Earth and Space
(We did Life this year and my kids really loved it.)

History:
Story of the World 2 with Activity Guide
(Another hit this year!)

Fine Arts:
Home Art Studio
Gentle composer study
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Old 02-04-2013, 09:17 AM   #5
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Re: 2nd grade curriculum recommendations??

My DD is a fidgety, hands-on style learner, so keep that in mind with the following. We are doing first grade work right now and I am working on plans for next year. Here's what it looks like for now:

Math:
Math-U-See Beta

Language Arts:
Learning Language Arts through Literature, yellow book
Reading fun books on our own as well
I also like to do a read-aloud with oral narration and picture drawn by her to go with it

Science:
Apologia Zoology 3 (Land Animals) with journal

History/Geography:
I am strongly considering My Father's World Exploring Countries and Cultures with all my kids next year. (I'm struggling with the price for this!)

Art:
Adventures in Art Curriculum (got it free earlier this year and it looks awesome)

Gym:
She'll do this through our co-op along with some stuff as a family

Music:
She is on the kid worship team through our church

Again, I may change some of this! I have no idea at this point if this is my final plan, but she is the one I am closest to finalizing right now.
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Re: 2nd grade curriculum recommendations??

I highly recommend Math-U-See. I'm also doing 2nd grade next year for my oldest, and my plans are:

LA - Abeka
Handwriting - A Reason for Handwriting T
Math - Math U See Gamma
Science - Apologia Astronomy
History - American Pioneers and Patriots + various history readers
Art - Online websites

I hope that helps some!
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Re: 2nd grade curriculum recommendations??

We are halfway through our 2nd grade year. We started with Math-U-See Beta and finished it in 2 months because it is a pretty easy program and my child loves math (loves math but was bored with that program). Now we're doing Singapore 2B and she's happy.

I believe a child needs a sprinkling of grammar at this age, not a ton. I'm using a Charlotte Mason inspired book called English for the Thoughtful Child that includes basic grammar, creative writing and simple composition. I think it's a very healthy foundation for writing. Of course, we also read plenty of good books.

For spelling we are starting Sequential Spelling 1 now.

Apologia is great for science. For history, see what she is interested in learning and get some interesting "living" books at her level.
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For the moms that use Apologia do you use the Jr notebook or regular? I was looking at using it next year with my 3rd grader
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Thank you thank you and thank you for sharing. It's helping me narrow it down.
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