Second Grade Homeschool Curriculum Review
It is so hard to overcome all the overthinking that can happen when you decide to homeschool. We had spent so many hours looking for curriculum for our very first year of homeschool. We shared a haul of all the books we planned to use on periscope but I didn’t know at that time, if we were even going to like at that time. So we decided to review all the books we used and share it with you. I have seen tons of reviews on YouTube of different curriculum, but it is still hard to figure out if they will work for you and your child. Isabella really wanted to share her thoughts as well, so last week we shared her review. You can check it out below, let’s get into this detailed review!
Isabella’s Review of Second Grade Homeschool Curriculum
Voyages in English
This text, workbook is both colorful and engaging. Teaching writing concepts such as drafting, editing, revising, and publishing as well as all about nouns, pronouns, verbs, adjectives, grammar and so on. This book is simple enough not to need the teachers guide but challenging enough to teach children how to explore the literary world.
Daily 6 Trait Writing
These Daily Practice books are amazing, very user friendly and gives teaching instructions right in the workbook. We love how it is broken up for each day of each week. They are simple exercises that you build on throughout the week, at the end you show off everything you learned in a little writing assignment. We did these as supplemental English.
These textbooks and workbooks are also colorful and engaging with fun illustrations. This set covers a lot including addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, measuring, weight, inches, and so much more. We originally wanted to stick with common core because we weren’t sure if and when she will be going back to traditional school where she will be forced to learn common core. However, I accidentally bought standard edition, so we stuck with that and we enjoyed using it.
Daily Geography Practice
Again these Daily Practice books are so much fun and very user friendly. Everyday you can do a question, however they are simple enough to focus on for one day, which is what we did. There are so many skills that this book teaches such as how to read a map, what a map key is and how to use it, compass rose and how to use it, grid maps, neighborhood maps, city maps, and state maps. There are even vocabulary words each week. Such a great book to introduce your children to geography and map reading. We did some supplemental geography, if you follow us on Instagram then you may have seen our posts about our Geography party which I will share here on the blog soon.
We did another geography party today. After being sick for over a week. Staying up all night and day for days upon days coughing my brains out. The kids and I celebrate my first day of feeling semi normal again with a #poetryteatime styled geography party. The kids really love these things and i hope it will last forever in their memories. . . . . . #homeschool #geography #bravewriterlifestyle #braveschooling #kidlit #unitedstates #50states #homeschoolmom #brooklynhomeschool #handsonsummer #fun #learning #kidsofinstagram #momblogger
We love Science, it is one of our most favorite subjects. We love doing science experiments but we wanted to make sure we were covering more aspects of science. This textbook (bought new) includes an online subscription because you get access to a virtual teachers book, student book, labs, lessons and so much more. The labs are so much fun, your kids will love them.
Daily Reading Comprehension Practice
For reading, Isabella read a list of books both fiction and non fiction. However, we wanted to focus on reading comprehension and making sure that she did indeed understand what she was reading. Daily Reading Comprehension Practice is another one of those Daily books that we love. Each day there is a new passage and a few questions to answer. Each week we focus on a different strategy to help us understand what we are reading.
America’s Story Vol.1
America’s Story is based on Charlotte Mason styled lessons. We absolutely loved this set and plan on using it (vol. 2 new updated version) for third grade. The story of America is written in a fun and engaging way, the illustrations and pictures are also lots of fun. What really made this set a winner though is the student journal. The student, journals everything they are learning, they can journal as simple or as creative as they want. There are tons of ideas for projects, extended reading and learning and lots of practice for other areas of your homeschool. For instance there is copy work which will help your child with penmanship, many of the projects can double as an art lesson.
Supplemental Materials and Classes
For Art we focused on an artist for each quarter, focusing on reading books focused on the artist, watching videos and documentaries on the artist and doing our own art inspired by the artist. (Want more information on this? Let us know in the comments and we will try to post all about it)
For Health we used some Usborne Books such as See Inside Your Body which we dug deep and took page by page each week, we also did detailed journaling for this. (If you would like to see this in more detail let us know in the comments below and we will work on sharing it with you)
For Computer/ Technology we used Usborne Books such as How Computers Work and Coding for Beginners using scratch. We also used Typing Instructor for Kids which is a computer based program that will help your kids learn keyboarding or typing.
We also used Fundanoodle books for handwriting practice because Isabella’s handwriting needed improvement. Taking the time to practice forming the letters and using their great step by step formula and handwriting boxes really helped to improve her handwriting. She also loves learning cursive with their amazing cursive handwriting workbook which we reviewed and you can check out here.
Check out my review on YouTube
Let us know:
Do you love a certain curriculum? Have you used any of these? Do you want to see how we used something in more detail? Let us know in the comments below.