It’s that time of year again. Summer is coming to an end. Pools are in their final days. Our garden is starting to wilt. Sale fliers for school supplies fill our mailboxes, and the frenzy of going back to school begins.
After much begging from my daughter, we started back this week. I hadn’t planned on it quite this early, but Miss Eager Beaver was ready to crack open those shiny new books. I think she’s ready for routine again that the school year brings. She’s also ready to get back to our weekly co-op so she can see some of her “school” friends that she missed throughout the summer.
Since I shared with you our first grade picks for last year, I thought I would share with you our homeschool curriculum for 2nd grade and preschool. I have learned a lot about my style of teaching over the past two years. I discovered that I’m not one that likes to plan out a lot of elaborate crafty hands-on activities every day. It drains me. My daughter still loves them though, so we have settled on some middle ground. We have both fallen in love with literature based schooling, reading aloud as a family, and the art of narration for reading comprehension. We have a bit of an eclectic homeschool method but we lean towards the Charlotte Mason style. Our lessons are short, literature based, include narration, and we make sure to leave room for plenty of outdoor play and exploration.
I also have learned that teaching math is not my strong suit and I get easily frustrated with a struggling student, so we ditched the math program that I thought we would love for a computer based program that she will do on her own. We’ve only completed one week so far and it has been review, so we will see how she feels about it when the concepts and skills begin to get more challenging. So far she reports that it is really fun!
Her writing curriculum lessons are also on the computer and she can do the notebook independently as well. Our science and history choices are read aloud curriculums in story or conversational form which she narrates at the end. There are some hands on activities built in as well as notebooks. If we keep the activities light, I think it will be a nice compromise of her learning style and my teaching style. Her co-op classes on Tuesdays are very hands on based, so I think we will be just fine.
Homeschool curriculum for 2nd grade and preschool
Math: Teaching Textbooks 3
Handwriting: Copywork (memory verse, passage from book, or poem) Print and cursive
Writing: Essentials in Writing Level 2
Spelling: All About Spelling Levels 2 &3
Reading: We go to the library weekly, and she is free to check out books of choice for her free reading practice. She is enjoying the Fancy Nancy and Nancy Clancy Series, Amelia Bedilia, Boxcar Children series (we’ve already read 1 & 2). I plan to also have her read the Frog and Toad books.
Mrs. Piggle Wiggle
Little House on the Prairie
On the Banks of Plum Creek
Alice in Wonderland
The Trumpet of the Swan
Wizard of Oz
also Human Body at our weekly co-op
Social Studies: Story of the World: Ancient Times
also Around the World class at co-op
Music: composer study (1 composer a quarter)
PE: ballet, swimming, hiking, biking, outdoor play and exploration
Habits: making bed daily, keeping drawers neat, folding clean clothing, picking up house at night.
Handicrafts: beginner sewing (pillow case, doll dress), beginning crochet (pot holder or hat)
I have no formal curriculum for my four year old. We will be working on letter recognition, letter formation, beginner phonics, number recognition, number formation, counting, shapes, calendar concepts, cutting with scissors, phone number, address, and writing full name. I might print off this preschool daily learning notebook if I feel like I need a bit more structure.
Adventures of Peter Cottontail
The Story about Ping
Three Billy Goats Gruff
Pete the Cat
Harold and the Purple Crayon
Beatrix Potter Series
The Shy Little Kitten
Toot and Puddle
The Saggy Baggy Elephant
Curious George books
The Giving Tree
Mike Mulligan and his Steam Shovel
The Little Red Caboose
The Story of Ferdinand
The Poky Little Puppy
The Little Engine that Could
The Very Hungry Caterpillar
*whatever else he picks up from our weekly library trips
He will also participate in our nature walks, lots of outdoor play and exploration, morning pledge and Bible devotion, composer study, and artist picture study, Scripture memorization Seeds Family Worship cds, field trips, and our weekly co-op.
Habit formation: attention, truthfulness, obedience, daily chores
That’s just about everything. I will post a tour of our homeschool space in the upcoming week. Trust me when I say that it’s nothing fancy. Have a great year everyone!