Planning our upcoming homeschool year.
Colston will be moving into second-grade work.
Planning curriculum can be a tedious job.
I am excited to share with you the resources we will be using for our second grade homeschool year.
This FREE program has helped Colston. He has some Sensory and Spatial Processing issues.
The games and visual representation have worked well for him.
Students will also grow in their writing ability, learning by copying literature as well as by creating their own stories and producing a short piece of non-fiction. Their technical writing ability will be expanded by learning to write complex sentences. Students will continue to expand their vocabulary and spelling knowledge using worksheets as well as online games and activities. Grammar topics include capitalization, punctuation, sentence structure, nouns, pronouns, and verbs.
We will alternate between these two resources.
The Arrow is the monthly digital product (like a magazine) that features copy work and dictation passages from a specific read aloud novel (novels listed below, not included with purchase). The Arrow is designed for children ages 8-11 (3rd – 6th grades) and is an indispensable tool for parents who want to teach language arts in a natural, literature-bathed context.
2016-2017 Book List
August: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (C.S. Lewis)
September: The One and Only Ivan (Katherine Applegate)
October: Homer Price (Robert McCloskey)
November: Carry On, Mr. Bowditch (Jean Lee Latham)
December: The Birchbark House (Louise Erdrich)
January: The Green Ember (S. D. Smith)
February: Bud, Not Buddy (Christopher Paul Curtis)
March: Out of My Mind (Sharon M. Draper)
April: A Long Walk to Water (Linda Sue Park)
May: The Secret Garden (Frances Hodgson Burnett)
We will read these books together:
Vocab-U-Lit. This will be Colston’s first year to do this vocabulary program.
I have used it with my older son and have loved it. We will use Book B.
We will do two pages a week.
Colston has several learning disabilities and reading on his own is tough for him.
I plan on encouraging this by choosing books from this list.
We will start with Mr. Putter and the Tabby Walk the Dog.
We will read through Acts, Romans. 1 and 2 Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, 1 and 2 Thessalonians, 1 and 2 Timothy, Titus, Philemon, Hebrews, James, 1 and 2 Peter, 1 and 2 John, and Jude.
These are the verses we will be memorizing.
John 1:1, John 3:16, Romans 3:23, Romans 5:23
Romans 5:8, Romans 10:9, Romans 10:10, 2 Timothy 3:16
Joshua 1:8, Psalm 119:11, Deuteronomy 6:6-7, Hebrews 4:16
John 5:14-15, 1 John 5:11-12, John 14:1-2, John 14:6
Isaiah 26:3, Psalm 100:5, Matthew 6:33, Jeremiah 29:11
1 John 1:7, 1 John 1:9, Proverbs 3:5-6, 1 Peter 5:7
Romans 12:1, Romans 12:2, Romans 12:11, Romans 12:12
Romans 12:18, 2 Corinthians 9:7, Joshua 1:8, Hebrews 10:25
I pulled these verses from this amazing resource: Memorize 100 Bible Verses in One Year.
To memorize these verses, we will use this schedule:
Day 1: Copy the verse.
Day 2: Write each word of the verse on post-it notes. Practice putting the words in order.
Day 3: Fill-in-blanks. I will write the verse and leave blanks for him to fill in with the correct words.
Day 4: Practice reciting verse.
Day 5: Verse Test.
Find out more about our verse memorization system here.
We will be finishing Pilgrim Stories.
We will learn about Daniel Boone, the French and Indian War, George Washington, Ben Franklin, American Revolution, the Constitution, Branches of the American Government, the first presidents, Native Americans, Lewis and Clark, the War of 1812, the Oregon Trail, and finish by reading Uncle Tom’s Cabin.
Two days a week we will go through countries in South America and Africa.
These are the geography sheets we will use from 1+1+1=1.
And this is the book we will use to learn about the countries.
We are using Hoffman Academy’s Piano Lessons.
We will do two lessons a week, and practice for the other three days.
These are online FREE lessons. Learn more here.
We are going to spend two days a week learning how to play the guitar.
This is the program we will be using: Kids Guitar Zone.
We will be alternating learning the guitar with our typing lessons.
This year we are going to try using The Typer Island Adventure.
Mixing with the Masters – Art Course by Alisha Gratehouse
I feel like this is a well-rounded curriculum using lots of books for a classical approach.
Determining your books and courses of study are the perfect first steps in homeschool planning and organization.
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