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.

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All About Spelling Review

Homeschool Curriculum Reviews All About Spelling

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This year, we used two different levels of All About Spelling. My 2nd grader used level 2 and my 5th grader used level 5. They have both used AAS from the beginning.

 

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All About Spelling is based on the Orton-Gillingham approach, which you can learn more about here!

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We have adapted All About Spelling this year in some creative ways. My kids got tired of the board and the tiles so we switched things up a bit and tried some different ways of presenting the words and rules.

One of her favorite methods is using the Boogie Board. She will gladly write on this for just about anything it has been a wonderful addition to our homeschool.

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She also gets very creative on the dry erase board and loves to create elaborate pictures out of the words. Hey, whatever makes it fun!

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My son {5th grade}, has asked to keep things simple and honestly we have gotten to the point where we use the AAS book and discuss the rules, practice the words on the Boogie Board, and then review at the end of the week. He is picking the words up pretty easily, so it has worked for us to not be so intense using the board. For his busy schedule dues to his gymnastics training, quick and simple has worked better.

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Below you can see and download the year-at-a-glance sheets I made for each level. I actually make these for each of my kids’ subjects because it really helps me see the focus for the year and keep track. It helps with weekly lesson planning, since I only like to plan one week at a time to allow flexibility. I just pull out these sheets and type up the plans in Lessontrek for my kids each week. Yes, it takes me a lot of prep time in the summer, but is so helpful to me, and entirely worth it.

You are welcome to download and use these if you are using AAS 2 or AAS 5, just click on the images below to download. Forgive any errors, when I created these, they were just for me to use, but I figured some of you might like to use them too.

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Wondering which level to start with, you can see placement tests here and get answers to more FAQ by scrolling to the bottom of this page!

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Wondering about the differences between All About READING and All About SPELLING? Read this!

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Mid Year Review of Teaching Textbooks Math 3

Teaching Textbooks Math 3 Review

 

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I am simply in love with Teaching Textbooks. Using level 3 with my daughter this year has only solidified that love. My boys have been using TT for 3 years now, but this is her first year and my first year seeing it from the beginning. Now that Ladybug is over half way through I wanted to do a review and answer some questions I have gotten this year!

First, I want to take a minute and explain a bit about what makes TT different from other homeschool math programs.

Teaching Textbooks were designed specifically for independent learners. Each Teaching Textbook has approximately 700 pages of text and 120 – 160 hours of teacher instruction on CD-ROM, and is both a teacher and a textbook combined into one. There are audiovisual step-by-step explanations for every single one of the almost 3,500 problems in the book. Using a Teaching Textbook is like having a tutor available at the push of a button, which means I do NOT have to know it all!

I made a video to explain and show a few things and want to share that first. I expand on some of it in the post below, but in this video you can see a peek at the program on the computer, some ways I help her} my sticky note method}, inside of the book itself, and some of my rambling thoughts about this awesome program.

 

 

Table of Contents

You can download a PDF of the table of contents here to see it in full. Look for this graphic, you’ll also see the link for the TT 3 placement test there too!

TT3 TOC and Placement

 

Our Lesson Checklist

In the video I show our personal checklist and you can download a copy here if you’d like to use it.

TT3 Plan

 

Does she work independently?

She works by herself most of the time but I am always nearby. Sometimes she uses her headphones and just pauses if she needs me. Other times she leaves the sound so I can hear and I follow along and help as needed. Honestly after about a month she was mostly independent.

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How is the review?

I am a BIG fan of cyclical review in math, kids can’t be forgetting things! Teaching Textbooks does a great job of this in my opinion. The review is scattered in but not overwhelming.

 

How are the multiplication lessons presented?

Multiplication is introduced in level 3 and you can see the order of the lessons in the screenshot below. I talk about this a bit more in the video if you haven’t watched it yet.

TT3 TOC Multiplication Lessons

 

Do we supplement at all?

Yes! I am still a big fan of hands-on learning especially in the early math years. Adding in some fun is important to me. We mainly use Spielgaben for this, you can see our monthly posts here. We also play math games, like our printable multiplication games here. If I see her struggling to understand at all, I will pull together a hands-on lesson to reinforce and teach differently. Below you can see a photo I shared on Instagram here, showing us playing the Winter Multiplication Games and using the Skip Counting Charts from Homeschool Creations.

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How is this compared to other 2nd grade math programs we used?

We  used a more traditional homeschool math program for PacMan and for Krash we used Singapore. I have never really loved the traditional math programs, but I did really love Singapore. The problem for me was the amount of teacher involvement needed. I simply did not have that kind of time and began looking elsewhere when I finally realized Singapore wouldn’t be a good fit for our family long term. About that time PacMan was moving into Pre Algebra and I was getting a bit nervous. We started Teaching Textbooks then with him and since he was going to be using it, I decided to give Math 4 a try for Krash who was in 3rd grade at the time. We haven’t looked back! Krash is now using Math 6, and PacMan is using Geometry. We plan to use Teaching Textbooks all the way through high school!

 

 

What level should my child begin with?

Teaching Textbooks is often different than your child’s actual grade level. My daughter is in 2nd grade and using level 3 right now, it’s a perfect fit. You’ll notice when my boys used each level so far in the list below…

For Krash ~

  • Math 4 for 3rd grade
  • Math 5 in 4th Grade
  • Math 6 for 5th grade this year

For PacMan ~

  • Pre Algebra for 7th Grade
  • Algebra 1 for 8th Grade
  • Geometry for 9th grade this year

If you are curious about Teaching Textbooks and thinking of making the switch, they have placement tests for you to use to make the process easier!

Teaching Textbooks Placement Tests

See another post about Teaching Textbooks here.

We Love Teaching Textbooks Math



2nd Grade Homeschool Wrap-Up, Oct.-Dec. 2016

2nd Grade Homeschool Wrap Up Oct 2016

This year I am doing individual grade level wrap-up posts instead of all three kids in one. I shared 9th grade here and 5th grade here already. I had big plans of getting them all done and then I didn’t. So I am expanding this post to include highlights from 2nd grade during October, November and December!

Here is the post about the curriculum choices we made for her.

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Math

I seriously cannot say enough fabulous things about Teaching Textbooks 3.  This is our first time using level 3, so our first kid to begin with TT. The boys use it but they started later. She now works through her lessons on her own and comes to me if she needs help. She is consistently scoring 95-100 so it seems to be working!

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She has recently been in the middle of the multiplication section, so I created some fun games for her to work on to aid with memorization.

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She also uses the Math Drills app, which I have customized for her. This is to work on being quick with memorize math facts.

Spielgaben is still a fun addition to our math. You can see the latest post by clicking  below.Graphing with Spielgaben

 

She still does Life of Fred with her daddy about twice a week, I just don’t have any photos!

Grammar

We use First Language Lessons Level 2 & Growing with Grammar 2 simply because I like both of them and neither takes too long. I do not correlate the teaching topics, we just work straight through each book, which provides some review when one book covers something at a different time. This is partly why I like using both books.

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We use our Boogie Board a lot for the First Language Lessons now, funny how a new addition like that can bring joy to lessons! Below she was describing Nerds during a lesson on adjectives.

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Spelling

All About Spelling Level 2 is a great fit, we do one lesson per week, using the board one day and then writing the words in her notebook the other day. Recently we have started using the Boogie Board for parts of the lessons, she LOVES this.

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Geography

I love our Evan-Moor Geography book! She does too! It is the perfect fit for her. You an see our full review as well as a video peek in the book here.

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We also practice US states and capitals using our wall map. She puts up a few states a day. We are on our 3rd or 4th time through, I can’t remember! I love this map, and the great review it provides!

 

SCIENCE

She does Apologia Swimming Creatures with her 5th grade brother and her dad.  She is VERY into this as she loves sea creatures.

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Daddy is always finding great videos for them to go along with their lessons.

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Listen to her tell you about her notes here in this video from Instagram!

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History

She also does The Mystery of History with her brother and Dad. She takes the best notes, I love seeing her learn and work!

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Bible

We are using our Songs for Saplings Questions with Answers Volume 1 printables which you can see here!  She absolutely LOVES these songs and is learning so much.

We are also using Friends and Heroes!  We decided to stick with the Family Devotional that we reviewed here.  Even though this was written for families, I use it for her and she loves it. It’s a great way to go back through the movies with her.  Below you can see one of her recent activities.

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Reading

My girl loves to read!  See our post all about what we are doing for reading this year! See her ongoing books read list here – I am trying to keep it updated! Currently we are finishing up Little House on the Prairie {3rd in series} aloud together.

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Below you can see her most recent stacks of completed books. See all of her completed books for 2nd grade here!

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Another series she has enjoyed from the library recently is the Ask Me Why books.

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See these books on Amazon below…

 

 

 

Art

We are using Home Art Studio 2nd grade this year. I am aiming to do one project per month. See our post about her recent project, The Blue Dog, here.

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All the Rest

She continues Ivy Kids Unit Studies. Our latest was Leaves and now we are into Mrs. McTats and Her House Full of Cats, which she LOVES – we will have a full review on that one coming soon!

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She continues to love her swimming lessons and tolerates her weekly gymnastics class. We leave her in it for the purpose of keeping her active and social. She does 30 minutes of swim a week and 1 hour of a homeschool gymnastics class.

 

Christmas fun has filled our homeschool room the past few weeks of course! 

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2nd Grade Subjects

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Home Art Studio Project ~ The Blue Dog

Home Art Studio Project -The Blue Dog

 

We have been using Home Art Studio for a long time now. You can see all of the projects I have blogged about here! Home Art Studio sent us curriculum to review years ago and I bought the 2nd Grade DVD to use with my daughter this year.

Recently she completed the Blue Dog project and loved it! First, she watched Ms. Volin read a story and then explain how to do the art project.

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She likes to change things up a bit and make it her own, which I love. She often likes to do a test drawing before using her real paper which is what she is doing below.

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Then, I set her up and let her work! She is pretty independent now and loves creating. The blue mat under her is something we use a lot!

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Her finished project!

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Home Art Studio Information

Home Art Studio is an award winning DVD/ROM based art education program, taught by Lindsey Volin, designed for homeschooling families. Every fun art project teaches students experience, but who want to ensure that their children receive a well-rounded arts education.

Here are some helpful direct links:

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