I don’t think I learned anything when I was in second grade. My teacher’s name was Miss Terramina —  Terr-a-MEAN- a. And she was mean and terrible. She got fired. I think. That was back in 1962. She stood on her desk in the classroom and blew her whistle. She made us line up after recess behind the building and she would delay coming out to get us. Finally, after all the other kids had long been back in class, she would come get us.

Let’s take a look at a second grade curriculum for homeschool. You should be building on what you were studying in first grade.

Homeschool Second Grade Curriculum


I continue with World History, using volume 2 of the Susan Wise Bauer books. These are great for busy moms and parents who didn’t get a chance to love history when they were in school.

Time period: The Fall of Rome to the Rise of the Renaissance 400 – 1600

Story of the World, vol.2 (links to my affiliate account with Amazon)

Story of the World activity book, vol.2 (links to my affiliate account with Amazon)

Activity book sample

Timeline: I make a timeline using a roll of white paper that can be taped to the wall. The time period is from the Fall of Rome to the Renaissance: 400 – 1600


Books to read to your child:  Choose some child versions of books that fit into the timeframe of the history you are reading.  Look for:

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Shakespeare for Kids


The Camelot Kids 

The Knights’ Tales Collection: Book 1: Sir Lancelot the Great; Book 2: Sir Givret the Short; Book 3: Sir Gawain the True; Book 4: Sir Balin the Ill-Fated

For the Temple: A Tale of the Fall of Jerusalem

Legends of History: Fun Learning Facts About Celts: Illustrated Fun Learning For Kids (Volume 1)

Viking Ships At Sunrise (Magic Tree House, No. 15)

Crusades: Kids at the Crossroads A Smart Kids Guide To BRITISH HISTORY CELTS: A World Of Learning At Your Fingertips (Volume 1)

Tales from Shakespeare

Saint George and The Dragon

Choose books you both will enjoy reading.

Books for your child to read: Choose books that interest your child and is at their reading level. This is important for quiet time, when you want them to read alone for approximately 30 mins. everyday.

Writing and Grammar and Spelling

The Complete Writer: Level Two Workbook for Writing with Ease (The Complete Writer) (links to my affiliate account with Amazon)

First Language Lessons, Level 2 (links to my affiliate account with Amazon)

Another option that I have used are the following:

Wordly Wise 3000 Vocabulary

Sequential Spelling — start with Level 1 if you did not use it in first grade


Choose one main text:

Math In Focus (Singapore Approach)

enVision Math

Math U See

Saxon Math

Supplementary and Fun: Life of Fred Mathematics books — 


Elemental Science This has a workbook and lapbook.
The Magic School Bus videos [you can stream these on Amazon Prime (links to my affiliate account with Amazon) [Try Netflix as well]

Discovery Kids free videos


Other Activities

Choose whatever your child would enjoy.

Music lessons — piano, violin

Horseback riding lessons

4-H Club — raising livestock, rabbits, goats, etc.

Art lessons — Meet the Masters

Weekly Plan

Monday – Friday: Math, Reading, Writing/Grammar/Spelling

Tues and Thursday: History

Wed and Friday: Science

Field Trips: As often as you can

**Remember when you homeschool, you will complete your studies in a much shorter time period than public school. Don’t feel like you are not covering as much, more likely you will be covering more.