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Curriculum Choices: Second Grade (2021-22)

My family and I seek to follow the classical tradition in our homeschooling. To give you an idea, my brief, working definition of Classical Christian Education is as follows:

Classical Christian Education seeks to cultivate wisdom and virtue by nourishing a person’s love of truth, goodness, and beauty; for the chief end of glorifying God and enjoying Him for ever.

My understanding of what constitutes a classical education has shifted from a purely Trivium-based curriculum to a more rested form of liberal arts education, which is more akin, but not exclusive to, Charlotte Mason’s application of classical principles, and Christian emphases. Perhaps you may notice as subtle shift in my curriculum choices during the Kindergarten (2019-20) and First Grade (2020-21) years. The new list for Kindergarten (2021-22) picks can be found here.

But enough talk about philosophies, for now. More recently, a huge box of books arrived in our home, which included most of our homeschooling materials for the next school year (2021-22).

I’m currently preparing to homeschool two students in a few months from now, which means that both of my children will now be enrolled with a homeschool provider. You can find some of the book selections or curriculum choices for my incoming second grade or Year 2 student below. Books or curriculum indicated with a star emoji [★] will be used as a spine material. The rest will be supplementary.

Character Education

Bible

A lot of people would ask in homeschool groups, Which Bible version is best for my child? I think it would be wise to choose the same version that is being used in your church community because it promotes continuity and consistency. We use the ESV at home because our church uses the ESV in our liturgies.

We read The Tent of God story Bible in the morning, while we read through the Bible at night during family worship. We will be tackling the Major and Minor prophets next, so I have also chosen some Bible Wise books (David, Jonathan, Hezekiah, Daniel, Elijah, and Jeremiah) by Carine Mackenzie, as readers for my daughter.

Catechism and Confessions

Aside from stories and Scripture, we do not use any formal character curriculum these days. Instead, we seek to teach the creeds, catechisms and confessions that are confessed by our church. Because we are Reformed and Presbyterian in tradition, we teach the Westminster standards at church and at home, as a system of doctrine that is taught in the Bible.

You will be able to pre-order some of these materials from my friends at Coram Deo Bookstore on Facebook.

Classical Studies

This portion is not officially part of the Philippine curriculum. But classical myths, history and languages are essential elements that I wish to inculcate in the imagination and intellectual life of my children. You can read more about the principles of how we employ the liberal arts tradition in our Filipino home over here.

Classical Myths & History

These books could also be classified under Free Reads. You can get them locally at The Learning Basket.

Classical Language

English

Language Arts

I’ve decided to toss First Language Lessons and jump into the Institute for Excellence for Writing (IEW) bandwagon because their resources are dyslexia-friendly. It also comes in highly recommended by my daughter’s reading interventionist and specialist at The Literacy Ladder, Ms. Fides Mendoza. You can learn more about How the Structure and Style Writing Approach Supports Reading at the IEW blog.

Literature

Shakespeare

You can find out more about some of the Shakespeare resources we use over here.

Social Studies

World History

I’ve also chosen to zero in on the Greeks for this year, thus H. A. Guerber’s The Story of the Greeks, edited and updated by Nothing New Press is my choice for our main history text.

World History Tales & Biographies

Seeing the we’ll be learning as much as we can about the Greek civilization, I also incorporated a number of historical biographies into the mix.

Philippine History & Biographies

Church History (Medieval Church)

We now move into the Medieval Church for church history. But I’d also like to choose a few Puritan and Covenanters so that my children will know their historical forebears and spiritual heritage.

Filipino

I am quite useless in Filipino, having grown up speaking mostly Ilonggo and the Amoy dialect in my childhood home in Bacolod. But Sa Dako Pa Roon and Noong Unang Panahon by Tahanan Books offer Tagalog texts which make reading and learning easier because of the familiarity of the stories. My homeschool hack is also having the English editions of these books, which I refer to ever so often. Plus, the bite-size lessons of Wikahon are welcome teaching helps in our home.

Thanks to my friend Inna of INK Book Nook for helping me acquire most of these Filipino materials, particulary the out-of-print Noong Unang Panahon.

Math

Arithmetic & Mental Math

I’ve sung my praises for Math U See materials in this Instagram post.

You can reach out to Natasha Mison via email mathphilk12@gmail.com to get a list of Math U See materials. She is the official distributor of MUS in the Philippines.

MAPEH

Science

I love using living books for our nature studies, but I also wanted more “structure” in our homeschool, which led me to find Building Foundations of Scientific Understanding or BFSU. This material works alongside Early Elementary Science Education, an abridged edition of the BFSU, which makes the original text more approachable while providing a system for teaching science. It incorporates content and activities together, which I hope will work for my two children. I’ve also given it a go in the past week, and my children seem to enjoy it. It is a secular material, so I will write more about how I will implement this curriculum at home.

You can find some of these living books over at Our Living Learning.

Music and Composer Biographies (Baroque Period)

I decided to concentrate on the Baroque Period in music, so I chose Handel and Bach for this year.

Art History and Appreciation

Scholé Reads

Poetic Knowledge

Selections from The Harp and Laurel Wreath will be incorporated in our memory work, while daily readings from the I Am the Seed will work its way in our basket time together.

Free Reads

Copywork

Part of the requirements of our homeschool provider is to turn in a number of written work for each quarter. This is why I have created some copywork printables to make my life easier. Most if it are FREE to download in my shop, or see below.

Last updated on April 19, 2021


Do you have any questions about our book selections? Or would you like to learn more about a certain material? Do you think this list is helpful or not?

I’d love to hear your thoughts and suggestions! Please comment below.

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2 COMMENTS

  • Mench

    Hi Keren! I’m so glad you’ve shared your curriculum choices for the second grade. I am new to charlotte mason/classical approach and I am curious how to schedule the readings for the whole school year. The usual/traditional school setting is we have a textbook as a resource and spine, no living books at all. So for example, for history, I just need to schedule and read one history book. But with your curriculum choices, many beautiful living books are added. I hope you can share how you schedule your readings 🙂 Thanks a lot! You are a big help to homeschooling moms like me. Blessings! 🙂

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