- Growing with Grammar: Grade 2 (I got the complete set with the student workbook, answer key, and student tests)
- Handwriting Without Tears: Printing Power - 2nd Grade Workbook Printing Power and the Teacher's Guide
- Phonics Pathways - This was the one good thing we used this past year. I have a child who really struggles to read. This has really help things be a little more clear for him. I've learned a lot of new things as well (either I wasn't paying attention, or my good ol' public school education missed a lot of stuff). So we will be using this a lot for review!
- Explode the Code - We're sticking with Books 1 & 1 1/2, as well as the Teacher's Guide/Key for books 1 & 2
Spelling & Vocabulary:
- Math Mammoth: 2-A & 2-B - Before I knew my son was going to attend the charter school, I went looking for an affordable math curriculum that had good reviews. I came across Math Mammoth over and over again. I didn't really find any negative reviews on it. For the complete Grade 2 package, it cost me under $30! And it was downloadable, so if I find I like it, I can use it for my younger children as they get older. I figure its worth a shot. If we don't like it, then I figure we can always get something through the school!
Since my son's school will be providing Science, I won't be doing the bulk of it, but rather supplementing, so this isn't exactly all I would get if I were doing it all myself. This year the focus of science is on Biology (plants, animals, & the human body). Most of these books I already had in our home library already.
- Teacher Created Materials: My Body
- Franklin Watts Science World: Biology
- Seymour Simon's Human Body Books: The Brain, The Heart, Muscles, Bones
- Encyclopedia of the Human Body (got this at Costco for $7.99)
- How Your Body Works - This retails for $19.99, but a couple months ago I found it in the Bargain section at Border's for $2.98, take out my Educational discount, & it was like $2.23. Very cool.
Again, the school will be providing most of this, so we'll just be supplementing. This year they'll be focusing on Ancient history.
- Story of the World: Vol. 1 - I'm really excited about this! This book is written so simply for children (and adults) to understand. My husband, who majored in history and is quite the history buff, has been reading it. He's a BIG sceptic when it comes to history books, especially those that "dumb down." He's been really impressed thus far. I myself have only had the time to make it through the first 2 chapters, but from what I've read, its wonderful! I love how they explain what history is and why it is important. Can't wait to dig into this!
- D'Aulaires' Book of Greek Myths
- Everyday Life in Ancient Greece - This includes people, places, art, architecture, theatre, gods & myths, and culture (got this in Border's Bargain bin for $6.99, minus my Education discount!)
- See Through History: Ancient Rome
- See Through History: Ancient China
- DK Illustrated Dictionary of Mythology
- Great Wonders of the World
- Maps, Charts, & Graphs: B - This is one of the supplemental materials the school is providing. I'm planning on focusing on neighborhoods as far as reading maps, charts, & graphs is concerned, but we're also going to focus on the countries that we'll be learning about in our history studies.
I know that scouting isn't a typical school subject, but my son just started the scouting program a few months ago and is REALLY into it. So I decided to incorporate it into his schooling with the thought that this might be a good motivator. If he does his math or language arts, then he gets to do some scouting before he moves on to more language arts, etc. We'll see if it works, but either way he's going to be working on it to pass some things off.
Art & Music
This will also be taught at my sons school, so I'll be supplementing where I feel it is needed.
- How to Draw Aquarium Animals - We picked this up at Monterey Bay Aquarium this summer. Thought it would be a good activity to use as a "break" subject.
I haven't really decided what I'm going to do here. I don't know if I'll add more then our normal family scripture stories at night or our morning family scripture reading. Right now we're reading a story each night from this book:
I'd like to coordinate our History lessons with scripture reading if I can organize myself to do so. Since we'll be learning about the Ancients, I'm thinking I may use these books:
We'll see. I'm still a little wishy-washy on this.
PE & Health
I haven't really decided what exactly I'm going to do here. For part of PE we're going to get family passes at the local pool (they're only $50 for the entire family for a full year!). We're also going to be doing a unit on the food guide pyramid & healthy eating.