the clouds made me do it and second grade thoughts

But really.  May gray.  June gloom.  July dark sky?

I truly enjoy a cloudy morning, don’t get me wrong.  One more cup of coffee.  One more cuddle on the couch. The clouds made me do it!

But now it’s time to get down to business.  Morning chores are done.  Summer “school work” is done.  Kiddos are playing.  Time to get busy…well, after I blog to inspire myself :/

Here are my plans for Basil’s second grade year.  These are my GOALS and are subject to change as well as life :)  I’m still working on Kinder plans for Juliana.

Christian Studies
Children’s Bible Reader
Prologue and Various children’s lives of the saints books
Let the Little Children Come to Me

Memory verses (1 per week)

Singapore Math 1B/2

The King’s Commissioners by Aileen Friedman
The 512 Ants on Sullivan Street by Carol Losi
Addition/Subtraction flash cards
Place value popsicle sticks
Math computer game CDs

English Studies
Explode the Code – book 3 and 4

Read alouds

Spelling wisdom


Penny Gardner italics daily

Poetry Journal once a month


Lively Latin

Tales from Shakespeare by Charles and Mary Lamb
Tanglewood Tales by Nathaniel Hawthorne
Viking Tales
Understood Betsy by Dorothy Canfield Fisher
The Courage of Sarah Noble by Alice Dalgliesh
The Matchlock Gun by Walter D. Edmonds
The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
A Door in the Wall Marguerite de Angeli
The Whipping Boy by Sid Fleischman
Stories of the Pilgrims by Margaret Pumphrey
St. George and the Dragon by Margaret Hodges
William Tell by Margaret Early
Child’s Book of Heroes edited William Bennett illus. by Michael Hague
Aladdin ( illustrated non Disney version)

Additional Reading
Heidi by Joanna Spyri
Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Farmer Boy by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Five Little Peppers by Margaret Sidney
The Light Princess by George McDonald adapted by Robin McKinley, illus by Katy Treherne
Mr. Popper’s Penguins by Richard Atwater
The Story of Doctor Dolittle by Hugh Lofting
Chatterer the Red Squirrel by Thornton W. Burgess
Poor Mrs Quack by Thornton W. Burgess
Dick Wittington and His Cat by Marsha Brown
A Bear Called Paddington by Michael Bond
The Boxcar Children Series 1-19 only by Gertrude Chandler Warner
Highlights Children’s Magazines

Walter De La Mare
Eugene Field
James Whitcombe Riley
Paul Revere’s Ride Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Sing Song Christina Rossetti

American History
(Colonial Times1629-Revolutionary War1776)
This Country Of Ours by H.E. Marshall (main text)
If you lived at the time of the American Revolution by Kay Moore
**Benjamin Franklin by D’Aulaire
Mary Geddy’s Day by Kate Waters
North American Indians by Marie and Douglas Gorsline
***George Washington by D’Aulaire

World History
(Medieval/Early Renaissance 400AD -1600AD)
Child’s History of the World – V.M. Hillyer (main text)
Usborne Medieval World by Jane Bingham
Marco Polo by Charles Graves
Joan of Arc by Diane Stanley

A laminated wall map of the World (mark places you are studying with dry erase pens)

Natural History and Science
Keep a Nature Notebook

Nature Table
Handbook of Nature Study by Anne Botsford Comstock- may be used for special studies and for reference as well as various field guides and picture books.
Thornton Burgess Animals Book

Pagoo by Holling C. Holling

Starting Point Science Vol 1-Weather, Plants, Electricity, Underground by Susan Mayes
Science Activities Vol 3- Battteries, Body, Weather by Usborne(optional)

from nature and from history tales
Draw 50 Animals by Lee j Ames- draw one animal per week
123 Draw Knights, Castles and Dragons (another extra option)
Learn the use of color pencils

Beginning Piano – daily practice/ weekly lessons



6 thoughts on “the clouds made me do it and second grade thoughts

  1. walkwallfall

    Thanks for sharing your plan. It seems like a fun year is ahead of you. I cannot believe he is in second grade!

  2. H West

    Holy dang, girl!!! Can Basil teach Iona when he’s done? Iona will be going into ‘3rd’ grade and he’ll know more than her!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

  3. Carol

    I’m dipping my toe into the homeschool world…oy.

    A 7th, 4th and 1st grader. I’m excited, but feel a bit paralyzed at the moment…glad to have checked in!

    Happy Summer!


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