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Choosing curriculum for Franc is a bit of a challenge. He is gifted and has attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. According to our local school system, he should be entering the 1st grade, but I have him entering the 2nd grade. I don’t want to push him faster than he needs to go, but at the same time, I want him to be challenged. So, for his math, he is entering 3rd grade.
Yeah, it confuses me too. So, for the sake of this post, let’s say these selections are for 2nd grade homeschool curriculum and you can adjust my recommendations as needed to fit your child.
2nd Grade Language Arts Curriculum
Since All About Learning was such a blessing for our family, we are introducing All About Spelling Level 1. Don’t think we are stepping backwards. You are actually supposed to start All About Spelling Level 1 as you are beginning All About Reading Level 2.
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While it might be too early to start Franc on a path towards authorship, but I feel like I waited too late with Lira. Regardless, WriteShop has age-appropriate writing curriculum beginning with kindergarten (Level A) that is even helpful for pre-writers. Since I think – notice that I said THINK – he will progress through Level A quickly, I am also prepared with Level B.
The reproducible Activity Set Worksheet Packs make this curriculum interactive and fun. Should be perfect for engaging his active body and brain.
2nd Grade Math Curriculum
As Lira has been working through Teaching Textbooks 3, Franc has been standing behind her answering the questions. Honestly, my efforts to teach him math has always ended with frustration so somewhere about November 2012, I gave up. However, his skills with mathematics has grown tremendously just from daily activities and learning adventures… and video games. Yes, I will admit that Super Mario has taught my son to add and subtract. Crazy, right? But somewhere among the world where Bowzer is always trying to capture Princess Peach, Franc learned how to skip count, add large numbers, subtract… amazing.
So, now I am going to channel his love for games and math by allowing him to try Teaching Textbooks 3 for himself.
2nd Grade History & Science Curriculum
We just started Mystery of History and plan to continue through the book. I love the “open and go” aspect as well as the hands-on applications. To help supplement the book, I will also be using the Mystery of History Volume 1 — Coloring Pages (Download) and the The Mystery of History Volume 1 Second Edition, Audio Book Set (10 Audio CDs)
2nd Grade Homeschool Electives
Not only will we be meeting for additional studies at our homeschool co-op each week, but we will also be working through the following studies:
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