Second Grade: Mid-Year Changes

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

We are now half-way through Abby's second grade year and I wanted to share some changes we've made to her curriculum.  First, let me be honest and say that I love researching curriculum!  I spend an embarrassing amount of time every week browsing different subjects looking for new, exciting material that might interest her. 

ABBY 2015

If you're interested in viewing our original plan, you can read full details here. To simplify our year, we cut a majority of "extras" that we had either completed or decided to discontinue.

What We Kept

-All About Reading: Level 3--We are about a 1/4 of the way through and I'm happy with how she is progressing.  At the beginning, I drove myself crazy keeping our subjects between 15-20 minutes.  While I agree with short lessons, I wasn't as organized as I should have been and we were drawing out lessons way too long.  Now, we have a more streamlined system.  Lessons are still short, but I'm much more prepared each day which has allowed us to pick up speed and move at Abby's pace more efficiently.

-All About Spelling: Level 2--She is 1 lesson away from being finished with this level.  I am going back and forth on whether to begin the next level this year or wait until her third grade year.

-Classic Literature Read Alouds--This year we have read Black Beauty, Stuart Little, A Little Princess, Charlotte's Web and currently reading The Jungle Book.  I plan to finish our year with Understood Betsy, Five Children and It and Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.

-Print to Cursive Proverbs--This is the perfect amount of copywork for Abby and I like that it alternates between print one day and cursive the next.  She will be finished with these in the next few weeks.

-Story of the World and Simply Charlotte Mason: Genesis through Deuteronomy & Ancient Egypt--We both love history so this has been a fun way to introduce her to both world history and Bible history.

New Additions

-Life of Fred Beginning Math Sets--These are AWESOME and Abby loves them!  We have finished Apples and halfway through Butterflies.  We kick start each school day with a chapter from Life of Fred!

-Mathematical Reasoning: Level C--These are colorful worksheets, that focus on critical thinking with a variety of fun activities.

-Horizons Math: 2--Math was one area I wasn't sure of going into the year.  We were using Math-U-See, but I have found that we both prefer a spiral curriculum that moves quicker, yet reviews often.  It works for her.  While she wasn't a complete Abeka fan, she enjoyed Abeka Arithmetic 1 last year.  I wanted to try something new just to see which she would prefer.  What I've noticed so far is while they both have colorful worksheets, Horizons has more problems per section than Abeka did which Abby doesn't care for.  However, she does enjoy the program so we will continue to use it and re-evaluate at the end of the year for third-grade.

-Vocabulary Workshop: Level Red--This is something I've ordered and think she will love. She will learn the definition of words, what context to use them and also complete various activities to practice.

-Language Smarts: Level C--This is also an item I've ordered and think she will enjoy.  We briefly used a grammar curriculum a few times this year, but I wanted something a little more fun.  This will cover many areas of Language Arts and hopefully be a great fit for Abby.

A few more products I'm looking into are Writeshop, Evan-Moor Skill Sharpeners Science and Life of Fred Beginning Readers, but for now these are the current changes we have made and I love the way our school day flows now.


  1. I am so happy everything is coming together. I hear the excitement in your words. Good for both of you. Can't wait to follow along with you and the new additions.

    1. Yes! I love the system we are using and it's amazing how just a little re-vamp of how we organize can make such a difference.

  2. Tara, you are not alone on researching curriculum so much, do the same thing! Enjoy your weekend!

    1. Glad I'm not the only one! :-) I think it's good to know the many options available because the choices are endless.