Monday, September 03, 2012

Second Grade Plans

I like to share what we are doing school-wise here so that I can refer back to it in the future... I can't believe Cecilia will begin Kindergarten next year!!!  I am glad to have posted about all the fun Caroline had in K so that I can look back and hopefully implement some of it with Cecilia next year (although I don't know I will be able to do quite so much, since I'm also teaching Caroline and caring for Lucy now!).

Another reason to put my plans and actions into posts here is for the accountability.  Not only can people glance over this and see the "meat" of what we are doing (you know, and not just sitting around in our pj's all day, ha!), but if for some reason I ever need to document any of our learning, I have some of it here.  In fact, I am having to go back and pull things I posted about our chickens being used for educational purposes... sigh.  We're going to hope to prove that they are useful in our home-educating household so that we'll get to keep them.  Long story short, a neighbor reported them after seeming to be okay with them for almost three years, and now we're going to put up a fence and present how they are helpful in our home learning by applying for a special use permit which will hopefully allow us to keep them for educational purposes.  I hope it works out... it will be a big to-do, with letters being sent to all the neighbors and a sign in our yard about the public hearing date... ugh.

Anyway, I want to list out what we are doing in second grade and what resources we are using.  It is a big year: a sacramental year!  I also envision this year as preparing Caroline to do more independent work in third grade.  So, here's a list of all that's going on in our second grade homeschool!

Math U See Beta
Addition/Subtraction flashcards and games
Time Bingo
Skip counting with beanbags
Time and Amount of the Day
Math Living Books correlated to MUS

Primary Language Lessons by Emma Serl (half this year, the other half in 3rd grade)
Kolbe English 2 workbook
Journal writing 2x/week

Handwriting (hoping to introduce D'Nealian writing soon in preparation for cursive):
Poetry Copywork
New Testament Bible verse copywork

Reading/narrating from New Catholic Picture Bible (NT)
Classic Myths to Read Aloud
More Once Upon a Time Saints
Poetry: selections to be memorized from The Harp and the Laurel Wreath and Favorite Poems Old and New

Various other books, such as stories of the saints, and various chapter books read aloud for enjoyment... some we will do/have done this year are Ramona and her Father/Mother, Family Under the Bridge, The Secret Garden, Wind in the Willows, and others to be determined...  Also, we will have read-alouds during tea time every few weeks from The Acts of the Apostles for Children and The Seven Little Sisters Who Lived on the Round Ball (free ebook download!), and others as I decide.

Nature study/sketching in nature notebooks
The Earth: weather section (read and do experiments/record observations)
Burgess Animal Book for Children by Thornton Burgess (read and narrate, make own field guide using coloring pages from Peterson's Mammals Coloring Book Field Guide, refer to Audobon First Field Guide: Mammals)
Seed Babies (read, narrate, explore various seeds)
Trees Every Child Should Know (trying to decide whether to just use this as a reference... I downloaded it free here)
Nature Stories for Young Readers by Florence Bass (downloaded free to tablet here)
The Living Year (downloaded free here)

American History Stories Volumes I and II by Mara Pratt (spine)
Supplementing with corresponding stories from these sources:
Stories of Great Americans for Little Americans by Eggleston
Fifty Famous Stories Retold, Thirty More Stories Retold, Fifty Famous People by James Baldwin

We are also continuing to locate places on a world map where historical figures and saints lived and mark them with flags.

(I have found free ebooks of all of these additional books, but they are also available free at the Baldwin Project, which is where I linked them)

Foreign Language:
Learn Spanish with Grace! (once a week... I happened to have this program on my bookshelf, given to me for free - yay!)

Wee Sing America
Monthly hymns (selected by me to reflect the liturgical season)
Composer Study - Bach, Mozart, Chopin, Mendelssohn, Schubert, Schumann, Grieg - if we get to all of these!!  (Listen to selections from each composer, read biographies of them, play their music in the background, draw what a selection makes you think of... I also hope to get some use out of the Classics for Kids website.)

Picture Study - Renoir, Degas, Monet (read biographies of each, study their paintings)
Discovering Great Artists (doing projects from this book that reflect each of the three artists above in particular)

Religion/First Reconciliation Prep/First Communion Prep:
Faith and Life 2: Jesus Our Life (our PSR/CCD classes will actually be using this series as well this year, so she's going to get it in two places, ha!  I will have to see what to do in future years if they continue to use F&L in the PSR classes...)
St. Joseph First Communion Catechism (reviewing the questions; she learned them all last year)
Angel Food for Boys and Girls Volume 2 (read/narrate stories that correspond with catechism and F&L)

First Holy Communion Notebook (completing several activities to be compiled into a keepsake notebook)
Sacrament of Confession lapbook
Sacrament of the Eucharist lapbook

Leading the Little Ones to Mary
Blessed Imelda Glory Story and coloring book (free download at Holy Heroes)
Going to Confession by Fr. Lovasik
The Butterfly that Found her Way Home: A Story of Forgiveness
Little Nellie of Holy God
Friendship with Jesus: Pope B16 Speaks to Children on their FHC
The Little Caterpillar Who Finds Jesus
The Weight of a Mass
Jesus Speaks to Me on My First Holy Communion
Receiving Holy Communion by Fr. Lovasik

These longer books are to be read gradually and narrated/discussed after every few pages, gradually over the year:
St. Patrick's Summer: An Adventure Catechism
King of the Golden City
I Belong to God
Little Catechism on the Eucharist

"Retreats" just prior to FHC date:
My Path to Heaven
Little Lamb of Jesus Novena (downloaded here for free)


Whew!!!  A lot of that is done only once a week, or spread out over the year, and some of it is incorporated into a daily Circle Time/Morning Basket.  We also read from Morning Exercises for All the Year at this time (downloaded free version to my tablet) and do a calendar and saint of the day at this time, and Cecilia gets some nursery rhymes and fairy tales and classic children's literature read to her at this time.

My goals for this curriculum is that it is meaty yet easy to get through.  The plan is to spend no more than twenty minutes on each particular book or activity, although sometimes we spend more time creating pages for the FHC notebook.

A lot of this was selected from Mater Amibilis's free online curriculum list for grade level 1A, and the rest was pieced together by me from various resources and ideas I gathered from various places.

I have some photos of some of Caroline's work so far this year, but I'm going to go ahead and post this and maybe add the photos later...

1 comment:

Lisa said...

Sounds like a great plan! I look forward to seeing your progress during the year and all of your wonderful photos. You always impress me so much with your creativity with your children! :-)