Just a few short months ago, I thought I had C’s curriculum all planned out. If you read the post here, I had planned to basically use all that The Good and The Beautiful offered for a 2nd grader. The Language Arts, History, Science, and typing. And even just a few weeks ago, that was my plan. But things have changed a bit. I have still gathered curriculum from various companies, but we are actually leaning a bit more toward Masterbooks for core subjects. We are also going to have a better schedule as much as possible. Which includes what I have dubbed as “Fun Friday”. We will still do some math/reading but it may be more game oriented. This will also be the time where we really focus on Science, Art, our bigger Bible curriculum, and whatever else. Doing this brought me some relief because it just seemed like so much to fit into a daily schedule.
Here is our plan for the 2018/2019 for my 2nd grader!
Last year, I wasn’t very good at including Bible. I wanted to, but I had so many plans that didn’t happen due to our life circumstances. So this year, I have a plan!
We will use our daily devotional book from Word of Life (these are a previous years devotional that was for sale online at half the price). I bought one for C, G and myself at our own levels. They all coordinate with Bible verses. The girls love these devotionals and usually ask to do several days at a time. I can’t complain about them wanting to read more of God’s word together!
For Fun Fridays, we will be working through Picture Smart Bible. I love this curriculum! I love that when we are done, we will have basically talked about the entire Bible! Every book has a picture and the parent reads about what parts of the picture stand for and it gives a summary of each book. To make it a little more interesting for the kids, they recommend cotton balls, twigs, cloth and whatever other crafty things you can find to glue to the pictures. It can take a little time and be a bit messy, but it has been a fun curriculum for the girls so far! There are free sample lessons on their website…so check it out!
I purchased The Good and The Beautiful History 1 and intended to use it this year, but decided to go a different route for now since my oldest is only in 2nd and she has plenty of time to focus on History. I decided to focus a little more on Social Studies and I LOVE what we picked! There is a newer curriculum called My Story by Masterbooks. It is Christian based and starts out talking about families, then communities, and then travels around the World. The lessons aren’t too long and there are a lot of different activities throughout the book. My favorite so far is a Family Tree after talking about Noah’s family on the ark. After receiving it and loving it right away, I have already pre-ordered My Story 2!
I should also add, I attempted Beautiful Feet Around the World with Picture books for a few days, but it just didn’t click with our family. I know many others love this study, so check it out! It has a beautiful guide.
I wanted to add in a little foreign language with my girls but not overwhelm them. I came across this book called 52 weeks of Family Spanish. There wasn’t much info on Amazon for this, so I did create a very non professional review of it so others could check it out. There are short lessons with only a few words to learn each week. I think it will be perfect to even include my 3 year old!
I also purchased the complete book of Spanish workbook in case C would like to do a little more learning. I have also come across a YouTube playlist someone created by finding tons of short videos to go with the lessons in this book.
Ok homeschool moms. Do you ever come across a subject or curriculum that you didn’t even think about needing but someone suggested it and you decided you HAD to have it? Yep. That would be this curriculum. We haven’t started it yet, but I really liked it. And it is K-3 so it can last you at least 4 years! There are several options for each level and going a little deeper as they get older. It is called Healthy Living from the Start by Oak Meadow. This is not a Christian based company, but if I do come upon anything I don’t agree with in the curriculum, I will just skip it. 😁 I did a YouTube video on this curriculum.
We will be adding in Science a bit more than last year. We will be finishing up the Safety Unit that we started last year. C picked to do a Water Unit next, but the girls have developed a new love for bugs. I decided now is the best time to study bugs so Arthropods Unit it is! All of these units are from The Good and The Beautiful. I chose to print and bind these units myself to save a little money. I’m also adding other things to these unit guides. YouTube videos, activities I found on Pinterest, and other books. One is God Created Insects by Masterbooks. It is a sticker/coloring book and very detailed too!
In March, we switched from Horizons Math to Math Lessons for a Living Education by Masterbooks. We love it and are sticking with it this year. The lessons are short (Charlotte Mason Inspired) and there aren’t a ton of problems to practice. C says she loves Math again! We are adding some extra games and flash cards in to really get her to remember her math facts. My original plan was to start her with Teaching Textbooks as soon as she can, but I think we will stick with MLFLE for a while!
I also purchased Mathematical Reasoning Level C by Critical Thinking as a fun supplemental. Many have been loving this curriculum, so I thought I would try it out. So far, we have attempted it one day during the summer and C was frustrated, but we will try it again soon.
This is where things are a bit crazy! In March, when we switched Math, we also switched LA to The Good and The Beautiful curriculum. It was a great change and I could definitely see C learning more than she had. We only completed about half of the level we were on and my intent was to finish that level this school year and then move on to the next. But I just felt this nudge from God to switch again to another curriculum. While TGTB is a great curriculum, I felt like we needed a little more open and go and simple. Some would argue that TGTB is exactly as I described, but there is still a lot involved each day (phonics cards, memory work, spelling lists, sight words, assessments, mini books, and the reader) and it got to be overwhelming. Masterbooks just released Language Lessons for a Living Education level 2. This curriculum seemed very similar to TGTB but less involved. The lessons are usually a page front and back. There are 7 spelling words each week and there are suggested extra activities to do in the back of the book. I did also purchase a Spectrum spelling book, but I’m going to wait to see if she needs extra practice before starting that. We are a few days into this curriculum and love it so far!
Handwriting and Typing
C is very interested in learning cursive. We have tried several things this past year, but she chose to do A Reason for Handwriting level C. This is a Christian curriculum. It is broken down by days and the first 3 they practice letters or words and then by the end of the week, they write out the verse on a piece of pretty paper they have in the back of the book.
I also purchased Typing 1 curriculum from The Good and The Beautiful. My plan is to let C do this at her own pace and when she wants to. I’m hoping she will do this more on her free time when I am working with her younger sister.
Thanks for sticking with me on this long post! I hope to get a YouTube video out showing it all in a video, but that may not be for a week or two. We started our new school year on June 19. So far, I feel like it is relaxed schooling but a better schedule than last year. Anything has to be better than our crazy school year last year (newborn, broken ankle and dad’s diagnosis of cancer)! I’m so excited to see how our sweet girls will grow in stature and wisdom this year!