2nd Grade Secular Homeschool Curriculum
Choosing curriculum can be both one of the most fun and most difficult parts of homeschooling. It can take some time to find the curriculum that works best for you and your kids – I know we’ve definitely experienced that with some things. In this post I’ll go through the second grade curriculum we are using and enjoying.
We take an academic approach to homeschooling, while keeping it engaging and fun. Our curriculum choices reflect this goal.
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Subjects to Teach in Second Grade
You’ll want to consult your state website to see which, if any, subjects are required for second grade. These are the subjects we do in second grade:
- Language Arts
- Read Alouds
Second Grade Language Arts Curriculum
I put a huge emphasis on teaching language arts in the early years. It’s so important to set a good foundation in reading and spelling early on. That’s why we use Logic of English.
Language arts curriculum for second grade depends on the pace you had in the previous years. My oldest son is doing Logic of English Foundations D in second grade. You can read my full review of Logic of English Foundations here.
When my middle son is in second grade, he will be starting Logic of English Essentials.
If you haven’t done Logic of English Foundations, you can jump right into Logic of English Essentials in second grade!
They also have an online version of the curriculum available now! You can check out Logic of English eLearning here.
I love this curriculum because it teaches phonics, reading, spelling, and grammar. Foundations also includes handwriting.
Handwriting Curriculum for Second Grade
If you want to teach cursive handwriting in second grade, then I would definitely recommend getting the Logic of English Rhythm of Handwriting curriculum!
Second Grade Writing Curriculum
The one thing that Logic of English doesn’t include is writing. We use a few different things to teach writing in second grade. I think second grade is a good time to start introducing writing concepts, though if your kids aren’t reading well yet I would focus more effort there.
Second Grade Read Alouds
We do not use a full curriculum to teach literature in second grade. We pick books to read aloud together and we discuss them. So these are the books we’re tentatively planning to use as read alouds this year:
- The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane
- The One and Only Ivan
- Vanderbeekers Series
- Odd and the Frost Giants
- The Birchbark House
- The Wollstonecraft Detective Agency Series
- Where the Mountain Meets the Moon
We’ll likely read way more than this, but this is what I have planned. I’ll update this list as we read more!
2nd Grade Independent Reading
These are books that I’ve picked out for my son to read independently in second grade. They could read them out loud to you or silently to themself. These might work for your kids too depending on their reading level and personal interests.
- Brownstone’s Mythical Collection Series
- Zoey and Sassafrass Series
- Kingdom of Wrenly Series
- Dragon Masters Series
- Unicorn Rescue Society Series
I definitely recommend getting a good e-reader or tablet. It can make it much easier to get books either from Amazon or check them out from the library. I love my Kindle Paperwhite and they have a kids version too! For a tablet an iPad is always great with the Kindle App (and others), but we’ve also liked the kids Kindle Fires.
But if you prefer physical books that’s totally ok! I just find ebooks easier for us.
Check out these tips for using your local library!
Second Grade Math Curriculum
Math is one place where we have tried a few different things and have finally settled on using RightStart Math. We’ll be using Level C for second grade math. They have a placement test if you’re not sure what level you would need.
We love the hands-on elements of this curriculum and that it includes games! Plus I really think my kids are getting a deeper understanding of math.
For extra practice (and because they just really like it) my kids play Prodigy.
Second Grade History Curriculum
My kids LOVE history. It might be their favorite subject, so we use a lot for history. Our base second grade history curriculum is Curiosity Chronicles Medieval History. We use the main book, teacher manual, and the lap books from Curiosity Chronicles.
We also use the Usborne Encyclopedia of World History. We use this book throughout elementary school. It’s an excellent source and I love that it has internet links to related content!
Then we use History Quest Middle Times and match up chapters that correspond with the chapters in Curiosity Chronicles.
We really enjoy the way these history curricula work together to give different perspectives and ways to learn about history.
Second Grade Science Curriculum
I love that this curriculum is basically open and go and easy to use! It includes labs for hands-on learning too.
Second Grade Art
We have a collection of art project books and art history books that we use regularly.
We also really enjoy our subscription to Art History Kids. I love that it makes it easy for me to teach art history and it includes great art projects for us to do!
Second Grade Music Curriculum
We’ve been using Prodigies Music for a couple years now and really like it! It’s fun and is the perfect music curriculum for preschool and elementary grades. We have boomwhackers and the desk bells app that the kids play with it.
If your kids are interested in learning piano, I highly recommend Hoffman Academy! One of my kids has been doing the program and loves it.
Second Grade PE
We keep PE simple by doing Cosmic Kids Yoga, playing outside, playing games, going on hikes, and taking trips to the park.
Conclusion: Second Grade Homeschool Curriculum
So those are our personal choices for second grade curriculum. Some of these might be perfect for your family too or in some places you might choose something different. That’s ok! You have to find the things that work for you, and always remember that you can change things up at any time.