Daily Homeschool Schedule: 2nd Grade

Hi everyone! As promised I have another post in the ‘Daily Homeschool Schedule’ series for you all.

As mentioned last week, I’ve had countless questions about our daily schedule. And you can see an overview of our daily schedule here.

But today I wanted to share Tinker Bell’s schedule with you. She’s currently 7 years old, and in 2nd grade.



This year we are doing quite a bit of things. Some days have been challenging due to our recent move. But we’re remaining flexible and at the very least getting our core work completed each day!

Our 2nd grade schedule is as follows:

  • 8:30am – Breakfast / Family Devotions
  • 9:00am – Calendar Time (Tinker Bell helps Teeny Tot during this.)
  • 9:15am – Bible
  • 9:30am – Math
  • 10:20am – Phonics Lesson
  • 10:40am – Language Lesson
  • 11:00am – Reading
  • 11:20am – Handwriting
  • 11:30am – Spelling
  • 11:45am – Vocabulary
  • 12:00 – Lunch/PE
  • 1:00pm – History
  • 1:30pm – Science
  • 2:00pm – Typing/Music/Art/Piano (1x per week)
  • 2:30pm – Literature

As you can see we do most things on a daily basis right now. Normally I alternate History and Science so we’re doing them 2x per week, but this year’s Abeka curriculum requires daily work.


Download a copy:

You can see a full list of Tinker Bell’s actual curriculum below. We are trying out a few new things this year. So far it is going well.


Tinkerbell (2nd Grade)

The only thing I don’t totally love is the Wordly Wise program. I’d love to hear anyone else’s suggestions for vocab!

Have a comment to share on organize your day? Make sure to leave it below!


  1. Thanks for sharing your schedule; nice to view how fellow homeschoolers organize their days!

    Our daughter is using All About Spelling (half way through 2) and All About Reading (starting 2) this year. I’d be interested to hear from anyone who follows both of these at the same time just how much time you devote to them.

    • Thanks so much for sharing Erica! I love your blog and have purchased several of your printables that I am so excited about!

      Heather, you read my mind… I am using AAS and AAR and wondered how long people usually take to get through a lesson with this curriculum. My son was doing the lessons fairly quickly until we got to around mid way through the Level 1 book and he is now struggling a bit more and getting frustrated which of course makes teaching reading twice as difficult! I have slowed down our lessons and make sure to do more review, however, I would be interested to see how much time others using these curriculums are taking to get through the individual lessons.

      Thanks again for putting out so much helpful homeschool information Erica! It has helped me tremendously in our new homeschooling journey!

  2. Combining Evan -Moore’s (EM) A Word a Day and Marie’s Words (MW) has really worked well for all ages here. K-11th. I use the blank vocabulary sheet that comes with the EM book for MW and for the “vocabulary every high schooler should know” list. We also brainstorm where we have either read or heard the word used. We do this during circle time/morning meeting but it could easily be put in a workbox. It seems to stick because the words seem less random when we approach them this way and therefore become more concrete.

  3. Erin Johnson says:

    Hi Erica! Thank you for sharing this. I have a question that can be addressed maybe in a future post. 🙂 When do YOU prepare for homsechool?

    I also have four children, though my oldest is 2nd grade and the youngest is 2 (they are ages 7, 5.5, 3.5 and 2). When it comes to planning the week ahead, getting printables laminated / in order for the coming week (we’re using your LOTH curriculum with our 3.5 year old for preschool!), printing and cutting out lapbook components, etc… when do you do all that?

    Like you, I also work part time and just struggle to get it all done. Thank you in advance for your insight!

  4. How does she sit without breaks?!? My son (7, 2nd grade) can’t make it more then about 1.5 hours and he needs at least a 15-20min break. Then we have to work on getting refocused etc. Also, what do you do when it takes her longer to work through lessons then the time you give her? Thanks so much for all your resources! I use so many of them with all 3 of my kids!!

  5. I too am wondering about breaks. How do you do that much work in one sitting?? My boys would go nuts!!

  6. wow- we could never work on that kind of a schedule- we lose so much in transition time- we end up doing things in 1.5 hour blocks once a week (except for 30 min of math/la which is daily).

    • Me too. Too many interruptions from young ones in addition to needing breaks. Trying to keep lessons shorter periods, use many manipulatives, and keep paper pencil work from taking over especially in primary and preschool ages.

  7. Hi Erica! I ordered your letter of the week curriculum back in August, and I absolutely love it! I do have a question for you, but I can’t find an email address on your web site. Would you mind contacting me at (Order #43842). Thank you!

  8. Your schedule looks a lot like mine!!! (I laugh when I see all 4 of my kids schedules on the same page!) Just a quick note about Vocab….we too started with Wordly Wise 3000, and it was fine but I wasn’t in love with it either. We have since switched to Dynamic Literacy. Kids seem to like it and I like the theory behind the teaching.

  9. Hi, i think your website is awesome :).

    But i have a question i want to start homeschooling my 2 kids, current age 10 & 7.
    But can they apply for university when they finish the school ? how that works!

    Thank you

    • Hi Veronica! I’m in the same boat – 2 boys, 10 and 6 in public school. I’ve found out that most colleges and universities use the same criteria in admittance for homeschoolers as they do for public shoolers. I think the biggest difference that if your homeschool records are kept up throughout the year (grades, a report card, attendance, tests of some kind whether they be online or required, and a good portfolio of High school credits) Each state has different Homeschool Laws – some require reporting to the state ever year. Texas has no State mandated requirements. We dont have to grades, test scores or comply with a certain number of hours/ days. Check into your homeschool laws for your state and call the admissions office at a local university. Good luck!! Me Too!

  10. Hi! We use English From the Roots Up for vocabulary. It teaches Latin and Greek roots which I think goes a lot farther towards helping them with new words then learning a bunch of English words in isolation. If you are interested in how it works, feel free to email me.

  11. Elizabeth says:

    I too am wondering how you keep kids on task with that kind of schedule. We are trying a similar type of schedule this year, and we do lose SO much time in transition. Or I schedule 20 min worth of work in a 3o min slot, but they still lose the entire period to messing around. My 5th grader sometimes only completes 2-3 assignments in a day, despite having plenty of time. And no, they are not too difficult. I have 3 boys who like to mess around.

  12. I love seeing how other people home educate. While we started very structured, it had us all in tears in kindergarten. I realized that since I am the teacher, I get to set the schedule. I have three boys so it’s very loose. Whatever we get done is enough. We are taking math off this year (boys are 7, 10 & 11) to play math games and apps and my boys learned linear equations playing DragonBox. Now we’re on to Hands-On Equations to keep going on algebra. I know it works very well for some folks to be very structured. I always recommend reading a John Holt or John Taylor Gatto un-schooling book for balance. It has helped me tremendously to relax about our days and to realize that I don’t want to re-create “school” at home and that we want to play outside a lot, learn to build and program robots and read a ton. One of my boys reads about 1-4 hours per day – he’s 10. Yesterday he came in from playing for a few minutes to finish reading an exciting part in the new Rick Riordan novel. He read for about 5 mins and then ran outside again to play! It’s hilarious. All three of my boys are becoming readers because they have ample time to do so and I have a million books.

    Whatever works for our family, right? Thanks for sharing!!

  13. I salivate looking at such an organized day. Sigh….the kids might be able to follow a disciplined schedule, it is me who puts the breaks on. Inevitably, I will stop and spend unreal quantities of time on a concept, until I feel in my heart, my children are not just “getting it”, but are internalizing concepts to the point of understanding how math, literature, science, nature and God are intertwined. Such a balance between
    ” following the child’s lead” to actually accomplishing my agenda. I struggle daily with pushing through or dwelling on. I long to follow such a schedule. My kids, we’ll see how the years unfold.

  14. I only hs one (the other had to go to private school due to learning delays). We tried to keep a strict schedule our first year of hs. My kid hated it. I hated it. I always felt behind. Then I finally figured out that I didn’t have anybody to be behind. This year we tossed the desk in the garage, we work in spurts, we take as many exercise and food breaks as needed and we bought a literature based curriculum. Everybody is much happier and amazingly we are right where we need to be. That schedule was stressing us out and not working for us!

  15. We use Evan Moore’s Vocabulary Fundamentals (they have them for each of the different grades) and love it!

  16. Love your site. I also wanted to know how this scheduale works when you have other kids that might need help with work at the same time. are you still able to stay on task. I would like to be this structured but my childrens needs are so different. My kids are almost 13 and a independant learner, 11 and a stuggling learner and a 5 year old who is strong willed. I’m laughing as I type this because my persanality is to be sturctured.

  17. Hi Erica!
    What level are you using for All About Spelling? I also noticed that you are not doing All About Reading. What are your thoughts on AAR? Thanks!

  18. So interesting how there are so many ways to homeschool. This kind of go-go-go from morning to afternoon (school at home type of homeschooling) would never work for me or my kids. We’d rather be outdoors learning as we live and lots of opportunities for creative play and life learning. Our academics are done in about 45 minutes a day. But, they are learning!

  19. For my 9 yr. old son we are using Abeka 4th grade. We tie in Vocab w/ Reading. As he reads to me, if he comes across a word he doesn’t know then I write it down in a vocab notebook. When he’s done reading he goes to his desk and looks up the meanings of three of his vocab words in a dictionary. On Mondays I give him a written pretest over ten. Throughout the week we play games to practice those ten words. On Fridays I give a written post test. I hope that makes sense and helps you out.

  20. I have noticed that you previously used All About Reading in combination with All About Spelling. I have used AAS with my daughter for first grade this year, we have enjoyed it, and am considering using AAR and AAS for next year. Is there a reason you seem to have moved away from AAR but still use AAS? Any feedback on this would be SO helpful.

  21. I’m entering my first year of home schooling, and I need all the help I can get! Your website is such a great reference. THANK YOU!!!

  22. Wow! What a schedule! Are you still able to keep to that tight of a schedule?? I was never able to do that. My boys would have gone bonkers…I guess its a blessing that each family can do what is best for them. I am going to miss hsing SO much! My youngest graduates next year. What am I ever going to do in 2017??
    Blessings to you all

  23. My recommendation for vocab is a DS game if you have one- there’s at least one game for all ages on the market. It feels like playing a game!

  24. Thank you for this schedule! On vocabulary– my son constantly asks “what does this word mean?” So I’ve started cataloging the words he is asking about and just keeping a record of the new words he is learning. We will review those words –usually in the car to and from places—and if when I look over his list for the week I feel like he needs to be learning more new words than he asked about naturally, I will choose words from his books we are reading to teach him specifically. Sometimes I try to use synonyms or alternate words for things he already knows how to say. For example, he knows how to say “do something correctly” so I might teach him the word “properly” or “appropriately” and we will discuss the differences in those three words. He cannot always spell them at 6 years old, but he broadens his spoken vocabulary this way. I know you were probably wanting a curriculum recommendation, but hopefully this idea is helpful to you with whatever book you choose.

    Again, thank you for the suggestions on scheduling! I am extremely type A and I love a good plan! 🙂

  25. Hello, Erica. I read through the conversation’s and I’m highly inspired and motivated to homeschool my son. I live in Houston, Texas and wants to homeschool my school. Please, I need all the information and advice to get started on this homeschool journey. I’m thinking of using Abeka Curriculum and I, see that you used it too. Do you have a list of recommended books, materials, visuals etc. Please, any information will be very helpful.

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