Good morning! Today I’m sharing our 2016-2017 2nd Grade homeschool curriculum with you. I think this year is going to be really fun and  I’ll tell you all about it in the video!


So to see what my 2nd grader will be doing this year watch our 2016-2017 2nd Grade Homeschool Curriculum video here!


2nd Grade Curriculum:

Options: We participate in a once a week options program through our local school district. They offer a variety of classes that help supplement our homeschooling. It also provides the kids with a fun day where they get to see their friends and participate in a classroom environment. Here is a list of her classes this year:

  • PE
  • Language Arts – We of course do this at home as well, but I’m finding that it’s a nice supplement to what we’re doing.
  • Science – they get to do fun things like experiments, dissection, electronics, and more.
  • Spanish
  • Music – Choir and basic instruments.

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Links mentioned in the video:


And that’s it for our 2nd grade curriculum line up this year! I’ll try to do a mid-year update to let you all know how it’s going. We’re trying some new curriculum this year, so that’s always exciting!


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  1. Hi Erica! i was wondering… i am homeschooling my daughter and this year she is in 3rd grade. i am trying to have her do a little more independent work. in some of our workbooks they have a guided practice and then a independent practice page. do you typically do a lesson first then have them do independent work later? or get all the lessons done first then then have them go back and do there independent work..?? i know you have more than 1 student so your way would be different but i’m trying to figure out the best way to do it. right now i am doing a lesson say English.. we do the guided practice together then i leave the table and have her do the next page alone.. it is fresh in her mind when she does it too.. but she still fights me some to do it alone…

    Felicia Lee
    1. I’ve done it both ways, I think it just depends on what works best for your child. For a couple of mine, doing all of the lessons first didn’t work as well because they’d forget what they were supposed to do by the time they got to the worksheets. So in that case I would just teach them first, then have them do the independent work, teach another subject, do the work, etc.

  2. Hi I homeschool my 1st grader and 4th grader and we are doing the Abeka science curriculum but I was wondering how since I ordered them both a book on their grade level how do I suggest doing science together when they have different books? I don’t want my 1st grader to miss out on some of the basics 🙂 Thanks

    1. Unfortunately with Abeka and you having a 1st and 4th grader, they’re far enough apart that I think lessons for 4th would be way too hard for your 1st grader. You’ll either have to do separate books like you ordered, or find something else to do that’s more suited for group work. My Expedition Earth and Road Trip are great for combining grades together which definitely makes life easier!

    1. Yes, we did simplify it a bit more this year just out of need. We have a lot going on and I really needed something I could just open and go without a lot of planning. I will say that Abeka isn’t my fave for science or history, but it’s definitely less planning. They do have a TON of quizzes, worksheets, and tests. So we are learning to skip some of the extra busy work just because it’s more meant for a classroom.

  3. Hi Erica!! For your spelling curriculum, does spelling you see teach the “rules” about spelling like All about spelling? Or is it Spelling you see mainly geared towards copy work? Thanks for your help!

    1. No, SYS doesn’t teach phonics rules, they have a bit different philosophy. You can read about it on their website. But mainly they believe that through repetition in reading a text, copywork, and dictation, students will learn the correct spelling of words.

    1. Hi Candace,
      I’m assuming that the Illustrated versions would have different chapters in them. So while you may be able to adjust the lapbook to fit the other version, it won’t go with it directly.

  4. Hi Erica! I love your videos! Thank you for taking the time to give us info on your curriculum choices it really helps. How can I find out if my school district has a program like the one you take your kids to?

    1. I haven’t used their primary resources, so I can’t comment too much, but that would be a great question for the COAH Community. I’m sure someone out there has used it! It also looks like the only have a Primary Language type curriculum, and combine that with All About Spelling curriculum which we’ve used and love.

  5. Hey Erica! Thank you for always being so helpful and encouraging in your posts…somedays I really need that! I wanted to ask you if you’ve ever tried teaching only science for half the school year, and then the history the other half of the school year? I have a friend that teaches 3rd grade and that’s what she does…seems easier for my mind, but just wondering if you’ve ever tried that. Thank you!

    Julie Heller
    1. Hi Julie,
      Yes we have done that before and it works well. It can be overwhelming to have to do both each day. Abeka actually organizes it that way for younger students. They do history for a third, science for a third, and then health for the last third of the year. I would suggest doing whatever works better for you 🙂


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