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Best 2nd Grade Homeschool Curriculum

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Here’s my list of the best 2nd grade homeschool curriculum that I’ll be using with my daughter.

You know when you’re researching homeschool curriculum for the next year and then it suddenly hits you that your baby is now a 2nd grader.

That’s me.

Remember that my list may differ from yours but this is what works for us.

homeschool curriculum stacked on desk with pencil crayons

2nd Grade Math Curriculum

If you find a good math curriculum, just stick with it all the way through. You can’t go wrong with either one. My oldest used Saxon math for the younger years while my two younger kids use Singapore Math.

There is a US version and a Standards version and we used the Standards version, I found it more complete and they used both types of measurements.

Singapore Math 2A and 2B

I actually like to start Saxon 1 in Kindergarten and I took my time with it and had actually started Saxon 2 in Grade 1 with my son.

Saxon Math 2

Once you hit the older grades, Saxon changes to a textbook format and that didnt’ work for my oldest and he ended up moving to Teaching Textbooks.

2nd Grade Language Arts Curriculum

I really love TGTB language arts program, it includes phonics, grammar and spelling.

>> The Good and the Beautiful Language Arts Grade 2

For a secular option, I’ve used First Language Lessons with the boys and that worked really well with both of them.

>> First Language Lessons Level 2

While TGTB is a complete program, I had already used Plaid Phonics Level B with the boys and it’s a really solid book with color photos and I really wanted to reinforce phonics and reading so my daughter worked through this book too.

If you need more spelling help, you can look at All About Spelling, it’s a super interactive and hands-on program that uses tiles for spelling.

Handwriting

We work on our own penmanship, I have big lined paper where I copy a passage from one of the books she’s reading and then she copies my sentence.

We also use TGTB handwriting which is inexpensive, I purchase the PDF and print the pages at home. I love not having to worry about ink since I use the HP Instant Ink program with my HP printer.

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2nd Grade History Curriculum

We love this whole series for elementary, with that said, with my daughter who isn’t into war and fighting, I held off a year starting this with here. With the boys we started in grade 1 so they were happy and ready to do the modern ages in grade 4.

>> Story of the World: Ancient History

Primary Mathematics Grade 2 WORKBOOK SET--2A and 2BPrimary Mathematics Grade 2 WORKBOOK SET–2A and 2BPrimary Mathematics Grade 2 WORKBOOK SET--2A and 2BThe Story of the World: History for the Classical Child: Volume 1: Ancient Times: From the Earliest Nomads to the Last Roman Emperor, Revised EditionThe Story of the World: History for the Classical Child: Volume 1: Ancient Times: From the Earliest Nomads to the Last Roman Emperor, Revised EditionThe Story of the World: History for the Classical Child: Volume 1: Ancient Times: From the Earliest Nomads to the Last Roman Emperor, Revised EditionMCP Phonics, Level BMCP Phonics, Level BMCP Phonics, Level BCoding Games in Scratch: A Step-by-Step Visual Guide to Building Your Own Computer Games (Computer Coding for Kids)Coding Games in Scratch: A Step-by-Step Visual Guide to Building Your Own Computer Games (Computer Coding for Kids)Coding Games in Scratch: A Step-by-Step Visual Guide to Building Your Own Computer Games (Computer Coding for Kids)Code Your Own Games!: 20 Games to Create with ScratchCode Your Own Games!: 20 Games to Create with ScratchCode Your Own Games!: 20 Games to Create with ScratchLearn to Program with Scratch: A Visual Introduction to Programming with Games, Art, Science, and MathLearn to Program with Scratch: A Visual Introduction to Programming with Games, Art, Science, and MathLearn to Program with Scratch: A Visual Introduction to Programming with Games, Art, Science, and Math

 

2nd Grade Science Curriculum

I allow my daughter to decide what we do for science and she wanted to learn about airplanes so I found a lapbook on airplanes.

I love the lapbooks and notebooks from Hands of a Child. You can also find free lapbooks on Homeschool Share to try out and see if you like them.

Lapsbooks do require a lot more cutting and pasting but are more interactive, once my kids hit 5th grade we usually switch over to notebooking since they’re not as thrilled with cutting and pasting anymore.

I love just grabbing an experiment book and see what we can create.

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Language

My daughter stated that she want to learn French and Korean. I learned French all the way up to the end of high school and we listen to the K-pop group BTS which is why she wanted to learn Korean. I don’t speak Korean so she started learning through Mango Languages which we are able to access for free through our library.

Computer Programming

Her brother is taking some online courses for Scratch and I know there are a ton of books out there but she’s just doing some fun stuff on there and playing around in it.

She’s been enjoying the app Codespark which is very interactive and fun.

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Gym

Before all of this virus stuff was happening my daughter was in a bunch of extracurricular activities. She’s done skating, gymnastics and swimming lessons for years.

Not going to lie, she’s taking all of the things I wish I had.

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3 Comments

  1. I am so glad I read this!! We used Masterbooks last year and I have been eyeballing The Good and The Beautiful for this year… so glad to read your take on it.

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