2nd Grade Year-End Review of Homeschool Curriculum Choices

2nd Grade Homeschool Curriculum Year End Wrap Up

The homeschool curriculum choices blog posts are great, but what I really want to know is what families thought AFTER they used the curriculum they chose! I will be sharing a series of posts with you; evaluating our choices in each grade level from this homeschool year.

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First up, 2nd grade!  Here’s a reminder of the original 2nd Grade Curriculum Choices post.

2nd Grade Subjects

Below I will give a small review of each subject, if you have more specific questions about anything, just leave me a comment and I will do my best to answer! 


Math ~ Teaching Textbooks 3, Life of Fred, Spielgaben

Teaching Textbooks 3 was her main math curriculum and it was a perfect fit for her. I highly recommend starting with TT from the beginning, which is usually 2nd or 3rd grade. She will be moving onto TT 4 next year for 3rd grade!

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We loved using Spielgaben to supplement our math lessons and will definitely continue with this. Spielgaben was particularly helpful in bringing a hands-on aspect to some of the more difficult concepts.

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We LOVE Life of Fred but sadly we let it slip away. I hope to get back to reading the books to her next year.


Reading Loads of Books and Reading Comprehension 2nd Grade

She read SO many books this year! I tried to keep up with all of them here but after about 80 books I lost track. She is definitely my bookworm. I just step in to try to balance her choices with a few of my choices!

This reading comprehension workbook was a great fit for her and she enjoyed it. I bought her the next level for the upcoming school year!

2nd Grade Reading Comprehension


Grammar ~ First Language Lessons Level 2 & Growing with Grammar 2

I continue to love this combo for grammar! We will be using Growing with Grammar Level 3 in the fall, and we are done with First Language Lessons! We don’t use level 3-4 of FLL, only 1 & 2. We will be adding Grammar Galaxy in the fall as well!

2nd Grade Growing with Grammar


Spelling ~ All About Spelling Level 2

All About Spelling continues to be a good fit for my kids and we will be moving on to level 3 in the fall!

2nd Grade All About Spelling 2


Geography ~ Evan-Moor Beginning Geography

I picked this book up at a homeschool convention and am so glad I did! It was just perfect for her!

2nd Grade Geography


Science ~ Apologia Swimming Creatures {with Krash, 5th grade}

Daddy taught this to the younger kids together and they loved it! They technically aren’t done with the entire book but will be doing some lessons this summer to finish!

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History ~ The Mystery of History 2

Daddy also teaches history and while it isn’t the favorite of the kids, we love it!

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Art  ~ Home Art Studio 2nd Grade and Holiday Arts & Crafts

She LOVES art. I do not. We do much more art in the summer than we do during the school year. We will be continuing with Home Art Studio and also enrolling her in some local art classes if possible!

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Drop out Subjects ~ Handwriting, Bible

I had grand plans of reviewing cursive handwriting {which she formally learned last year}, but got slack and never followed through. I also had planned to do Picture Smart Bible with K and L together and also didn’t follow through. It was much harder this year to combine L and K because of K’s gymnastics schedule.


Stay tuned, I will be sharing our year-end review for 5th and 9th soon. I will also be sharing our curriculum choices for 9th grade, 6th grade and 3rd grade.

See all of our Homeschool Curriculum reviews and features here!

Homeschool Curriculum Reviews and Choices



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Learning ideas to go along with the tracing printables ~

  • At the beginning of each new month, trace the name of the month, the year, and color the focus picture.
  • Each new day, trace the number and talk about what day it is.
  • Practice counting each day up to the date.
  • Use 2 or 3 colors to write in each month to create a pattern.
  • At the beginning of each month go through and mark the special days {holidays, birthdays, anniversaries or anything your family celebrates}.  Have your child decorate those special dates so you can look forward to them!

Learning ideas to go along with the dot fun printables ~

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  • At the beginning of each new month, color the focus picture. If your child doesn’t like to color, color together…make it fun!
  • Each new day, dot paint the day, or use a dot sticker and talk about what day it is.
  • Practice counting each day up to the date.
  • Use 2 or 3 colors to create a pattern.

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Here’s one set up for homeschool calendar time we have had.  Lots of free printables!

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