Here’s my list of the best 2nd grade homeschool curriculum that I’ll be using with my daughter.
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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?
Remember that my list may differ from yours but this is what works for us.
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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.
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.
Once you hit the older grades, Saxon changes to a textbook format, and that didn’t 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.
For a secular option, I’ve used First Language Lessons with the boys, and that worked really well with both of them.
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.
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.
I have the HP printer 8710 but it’s not available anymore. It’s still running well for years now. Look for another HP Instant Ink-ready printer so that you can use their program to send you ink cartridges whenever your printer gets low on ink.
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.
Primary 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 EditionModern Curriculum Press Phonics: Level B, Teachers Resource Guide Edition 2003cCoding Games in Scratch: A Step-by-Step Visual Guide to Building Your Own Computer Games (DK Help Your Kids)Code Your Own Games!: 20 Games to Create with ScratchLearn 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.
Lapbooks 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 seeing what we can create.
I, GalileoCoral Reefs: A Journey Through an Aquatic World Full of WonderThe Girl Who Thought in Pictures: The Story of Dr. Temple Grandin (Amazing Scientists)Shark Lady: The True Story of How Eugenie Clark Became the Ocean’s Most Fearless Scientist (Women in Science Books, Marine Biology for Kids, Shark Gifts)Outdoor Science Lab for Kids: 52 Family-Friendly Experiments for the Yard, Garden, Playground, and ParkThe 101 Coolest Simple Science Experiments: Awesome Things To Do With Your Parents, Babysitters and Other Adults
My daughter stated that she wants 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.
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.
The Official Scratch Coding Cards (Scratch 3.0): Creative Coding Activities for KidsScratchJr Coding Cards: Creative Coding ActivitiesCoding Projects in Scratch: A Step-by-Step Visual Guide to Coding Your Own Animations, Games, Simulations, a (Computer Coding for Kids)Coding Projects in Scratch: A Step-by-Step Visual Guide to Coding Your Own Animations, Games, Simulations, and More! (DK Help Your Kids With)Coding Concepts for Kids: Learn to Code Without a ComputerCoding for Minecrafters: Unofficial Adventures for Kids Learning Computer Code
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.
Second grade is an important year for our homeschooled children. Beyond the basics of science, math, reading, and writing, it’s also the best time to introduce children to ways of learning without taking away the fun of doing activities they enjoy.
So good luck to another homeschool year with your 2nd graders at home and I hope this list of the best 2nd grade homeschool curriculum helps you and your child with success this school year!
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