Sharing ideas, teaching tips and resources for the homeschool journey.
This is a suggested outline of how to organise your curriculum for Year Two. Curriculum choice varies depending on the individual child and specific family's homeschooling needs. So feel free to change it as it suits you.
This guideline has been written with consideration of the Australian National Curriculum (ANC) and the methods of Charlotte Mason.
In Year Two the child only needs about two to three hours formal sit down work 4 days per week.
The rest of the time should be spent on: reading aloud, activities of daily living, establishing good habits and learning through play and lots of conversation.
If you have more than one child you may need to follow as a family your Bible readings. If you would like to begin Ancient history as you read the old testament you can start an illustrated Bible notebook.
The Greenleaf Old Testament study guide is also excellent resource as you go through the old testament. It really is take my word for it. I get nothing for promoting this except a greater understanding of the bible. It's written by a homeschool family for kids. I loved it.
Spiritual Themed Read Aloud
Little Pilgrim's Progress: from John Bunyan's Classic by Helen Taylor
LANGUAGE & LITERACY
Teaching English can be done without a workbook BUT many of us do not have the confidence to do that.
Emma Serl Primary Language Lessons is a two year program for Year Two to Three that teaches a variety of English skills.
Combine with this resource with daily copywork and a reading program to complete your language arts program.
Our copywork resources include excerpts from good quality literature.
A Child's Garden of Verses by Robert Louis Stevenson (compliments copywork resource).
Or look through our Living Booklists for some more ideas
Choose from our Free Australian Nature Stories
Little House in the Big Woods. If you like it you can keep going with the whole series. My kids were enthrawled.
Beautiful Stories from Shakespeare by Edith Nesbit. Familiarise your children with these great stories.
Depending on your child's reading skills some of these books they may be able to read themselves.
Use your chosen math curriculum.
ANC topics for science include: Living things change & grow;chemical mixing; Earth’s resources & water. The following books will help teach these topics.
The unit study approach used in Australian book traveller helps children make links to their place in Australia and the world. It explores local histories, the past and the present and gives children and awareness of how things are connected.