2nd Grade Homeschool Overview
Big picture history in manageable bites
Why start with big picture world history? Because as your children see the flow of world history – the rise and fall of civilizations – they start to see the overview of what's gone into creating history. History is filled with wars, literally, one victor rises up to replace the next as the centuries pass. Not overly dark, and filled with fantastic Read-Alouds (what you read to your children), you will be able to explore history, dig deeper into people's lives through biographies, and watch them overcome. This is such a great introduction for your children.
2nd Grade History
Sonlight's focus on history helps you see how things tie together not only in the natural progression through the years, but also across subjects. This year you will be using books to expand what you are learning: through biographies, historical fiction, Bible readings, and engaging tales that broaden what you learn.
Why books to learn?
- Great books are fun to read, which means learning is never a chore, but an adventure.
- Well-written stories help you remember the information you learn.
- You and your children can talk through the content as you read together, meaning you can focus on what interests you or warrants more attention.
These books, literature, naturally provide these benefits and will make your homeschool experience a joy. This is the base for the History / Bible / Literature programs as well as our All-Subjects Packages.
2nd Grade Lesson Plans
Your complete 2nd Grade homeschool schedule is your Sonlight Instructor's Guide (IG). But it's so much more than just a schedule. Your IGs offer you notes, activity sheets, discussion questions, map points and more. You have everything you need from Day 1 to the end of the school year. Just open the guide and begin. This tool means that instead of a stack of books and worksheets, you have a curriculum. Included with your History / Bible / Literature or All-Subjects Sonlight program (as well as Language Arts and Science).
2nd Grade Language Arts
This year your children will work on handwriting with Dictation, and how to communicate their thoughts and ideas through Creative Expression. With scripting and rubrics you will have everything you need to teach your children how to share what they are thinking with the written word.
At this level, you get to choose a Language Arts and Reading program that matches your children's ability based on both reading and writing. We recognize that children's abilities vary greatly during these younger years, and, so we offer more Language Arts programs than there are years. That way, wherever your child is with reading and writing, they can find a program where they can be successful. See your Language Arts options here and take a placement test.
Spelling & Vocabulary
Please note: Spelling and Vocabulary is already built in to your lesson plans at this level. Spelling and vocabulary words are from the reading you share with your students. This makes practice a natural addition to your homeschool day. We do offer additional resources, but do not suggest using them until 3rd grade.
2nd Grade Handwriting
This year your children will have opportunities to practice handwriting in their Dictation and Creative Expression assignments.
There are many physiological processes going on in the art of writing, and even more as your children will begin the process of learning to write their ideas in the coming years. This is a foundational step in helping them learn to communicate.
We include Handwriting Without Tears in the All-Subjects Package because it is designed to eliminate problems with reversals, spacing, placement, and letter and numeral formation. But, you are able to choose the handwriting program of your choice and still enjoy our best discount of 20% off. Check out all of your Handwriting options here.
2nd Grade Science
From the rock cycle to elements on the periodic table, Sonlight Science B nurtures children’s natural curiosity and provides daily opportunities to explore the world around them. They will use real scientific skills and practices as they unearth plants, observe animals, excavate rocks, explore the features of solids, liquids, gases more. Science B includes a high-level introduction to coding and how things are made and other STEM topics that will prepare students for a lifetime of scientific curiosity, learning and application.
Choose the matching 2nd Grade Science level or browse other available Science programs and see what you could discover.
2nd Grade Math
2nd Grade math focus'es on understanding place value and using it to add or subtract. The goal is for your children to be able to fluently add and subtract any combination of whole numbers, and solve for an unknown. Additionally, your children will begin to solve abstract and real-world problems involving addition and subtraction. They will continue to learn to tell and write time by hours and minutes; working with currency, measuring and estimating lengths; finding perimeters and more.
Math-U-See Beta is included in Sonlight's All-Subjects Package. You can always learn more about your 2nd Grade Math options here.
Ways to Buy
Two ways to choose your 2nd Grade curriculum
Put together a customized program OR select the recommended everything-you-need package. Compare your choices and pick the path you want. Either way, a wonderful adventure in learning awaits you and your family.
Start with History
Use with one or more children. Add subjects as needed.
Get a Complete Package
Everything you need for one child. Fully customizable.
Start with History
Choose one of the options below.
Select the program that covers the history focus you'd like to use this year. Because you'll teach with real books, each Sonlight program works with a range of ages and allows you to teach multiple children together. View the full curriculum scope & sequence for additional information.
Need help choosing? Chat with an Advisor.
Add other subjects as needed.