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.
Outcome Checklists for particular subjects have been provided to help you plan and keep records. These are set out in graded stages rather than specific years so when you look at them don't panic in Stage One (Foundation to Year Two) you have three years to complete them.
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.
Science Stage One Outcomes (K—Year 2) - Download
ANC topics for science include: Living things change & grow;chemical mixing; Earth’s resources & water. The following books will help teach these topics.
History Stage One Outcomes (K—Year 2) -Download
It is my goal as I write these curriculum suggestions to keep as much to the ideology of Charlotte Mason as possible. The National Curriculum history component for this age group is really social studies and doesn't really teach any history in a chronological order . The first actual real history a child learns is in Year 4 when they begin Australian history. I think this is a wasted opportunity.
Charlotte Mason believed that history should be taught using living books and not sketchy outlines of facts and dates. She wanted the children to become familiar with the time period they were studying. This was accomplished using historical fiction, biographies and narrative style history books.Children love history when it is presented to them in an interesting way. History has a storehouse of ideas as Charlotte Mason would say. Here are some ideas on teaching history the Charlotte Mason way
The Australian National Curriculum splits geography into two strands.
This is really Social Studies from Foundation to Year 4 - read more here. No chronological history is in the syllabus. Australian Book Traveller will help you meet many of your history (social studies) outcomes for Stage One (Foundation to Year Two).
I suggest that while you meet the requirements of the curriculum you also begin studying history in chronological order. If you have a few children you will probably find it best to slot your Year One child into the history that matches the others so you don't have too much reading aloud. You can still teach the National Curriculum requirements but teach chronological history as well. See more on teaching history in primary school and suggested resources here.
A good place to start is Biblical and Ancient History. You can read through Genesis and start looking into the history of the Jews, Egyptians, Babylon , Assyrians and Greeks and Romans.
You might like to follow our History Makers Curriculum - From Creation to Christ.
Here is a good spine to start teaching Ancient History.
For more book ideas see:
Geography Stage One Outcomes (K—Year 2) - Download
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.
Pleasant Talk of Places
Australian Book Traveller if you haven’t used this FREE resource yet then, I recommend it for Year Two.
World Geography Picture Book List is a wonderful book list that can also be used to give children an introduction to the world. Enjoy these books while your children are young.
Nature study and nature journaling are not just science subjects they are also important to teach children about the place where they live. Local nature study and recording basic geographic features in a nature notebook also give children the geography skills that will them carry them to the next phase. This is a cross over subject with science. Our Wonderland of Nature Journal will help children get their nature journals started.
Here is a cute Home Geography Book for younger children. It has 45 short lessons that can easily be covered over three years. Although written in 1894 it is a gentle introduction to geography that encourages a child to learn through observation, poetry and simple map making.
For more ideas on teaching geography in primary school see here.