What’s in the Box Wednesday: 2nd Grade

Welcome to What’s in the Box Wednesday!

Wow, I haven’t done one of these posts in awhile! But I do like to look back and see what was in our workboxes, so I thought I’d do one again. I have another one for First Grade coming up too.

1. Math U See: Beta. You can also go to the Math U See E-sources, they have a ton of online activities, worksheet generator, loan calculator, investment calculator, and online math drills.


2. All About Spelling


3. Abeka Letters and Sounds Test (I put the test and key in there so when she gets to that box I’m not searching all over for my teachers manual.)


4. Abeka Language


5. A Reason for Handwriting transition to cursive book.


6. Little Kids Adventure Bible. My 2nd grader does her own bible reading each day. This Bible says its for ages 4-7, but I find it works well for her. There are still nice illustrations and the wording is great for her age. They also have The Adventure Bible for Young Readers that’s for kids 8-12.


7. Typing. Right now we’re using Talking Fingers, she’s almost done though. It just teaches letters so I’ll have to come up with something else to do next.


8. Living Math Fun Box: Logic Links. I just read Loving Living Math by Cindy West and LOVE the concept! I’m like most people and having a hard time letting go of my daily math book, so I’ve just added in some fun games for now. More on this topic to come.


That’s it for her boxes today, she’s also got reading, right now she’s going through the Magic Tree House books, but they’re not in her workboxes.

Have boxes to share? Make sure to link up below! Edited: Sorry guys apparently you have to pay for McLinky now, I haven’t decided if i want to do that or not! Anyone know of a free one?


  1. My son is in grade 2 next year and I'm looking for some good readers for him! Other than the Magic Tree House ones, do you have any suggestions?

  2. I am not familiar with Talking Fingers. Can you tell me a little about it? I am mostly looking for a program to teach them to type on a keyboard. I have grades 4,3 and 1 right now with a couple of preschoolers too:)Thank you so much!! I so much enjoy your blog and all the resources and help you give. I use a lot of your neat stuff and reccomend it to lots of others as well:) God is using you in great ways!:)

  3. Did the color-coded keyboard chart & hands come with the typing program? I've been trying to find something like that with no luck.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Does your second grader ever take all day to get everything done? I have a 2nd grader right now (son) and he has about 5-6 things a day that are done every day and he's sitting at the table ALL day. I'm trying to work through it (the dawdling) patiently but sometimes it drives me nuts!

  5. I always love these posts, Erica! My son (also 2nd grade) finished up the Magic Tree House books a month or so and wasn't much interested in the Merlin mysteries that begin around #30. Now he's off onto another series. Thanks for sharing what you've been up to!

  6. Anonymous: My first grader dawdles all day long. He now has a timer set for his subjects that he drags his feet on. He has consequences if he doesn't get them done in time.

  7. Homeschool Den: What series are you trying next?

  8. I am about to start our own version of this workbox concept with K, pre-K and a 2yo. I think. Drawers have been shipped anyway and it sounds and looks brilliant for us. Obviously all three are still very needy and dependent on Mommy for at least the initial instruction (my K is not an independent reader yet), but we desperately need to get organized and work towards more independence as they grow older and are more capable. How do you handle when they are all on a drawer that needs Mommy… going three diff directions. I need to clone myself. I get overwhelmed, over-stimulated, and give-up.

  9. Hi Erica! I was wondering how to link up to What's in the Box Wednesday? I don't see Mr Linky. I'm not the best at this. lol

  10. What items/set did you do from Talking Fingers? I'm going to start 2nd grade next year with my 6 yr old and would love to incorpate typing! Thank you for all you do!

  11. DRFHALL: Talking Fingers is an online typing program. I didn't originally like it, but my daughter seemed to! She finished now, and she can type, not really fast but does know where the letters are. Obviously the kids need to be old enough to read/spell basics before starting, but it does seem to work. They don't go over the numbers, or extra symbols like: ,{}"|+-Here's a review I did for TOS:

  12. Thank you for the Math U See link! I just got the basic set and am looking forward to incorporating it. Linking up at – wasn't able to link up above. Thanks again!

  13. could you please tell me how to link my wed workbox? thank you

  14. Have you looked in to From what I can tell text link-ups are free but to add a photo you pay. Thanks for sharing your workboxes! 🙂

  15. Erica,

    Adding living math in addition to the textbook is something I do, too! As long as you aren’t overloading your child’s day, it’s not a problem to add a math game, logic puzzler, math literature or real-life project to the schedule.

    Many weeks we do textbook math 3 days and living math 2 days. During those weeks, the living math lessons are more in depth and take a decent amount of time. However, there are weeks when we’re in the textbook more often and only add living “supplements”. Since these supplements are usually quite fun, my children rarely complain.

    Thanks for the link!

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