Second Grade Curriculum

Second Grade Main Curriculum List

Below is a list of the books needed to complete the Second Grade Main Schedule. Since we are dedicated to keeping your costs down, we have created links to the best priced book sellers. You can purchase the books on or by clicking the links below. Or you can link to the WorldCat website which provides a list of the local libraries that contain each book. You just enter your zip code and WorldCat will generate a list of libraries, containing the book, that are close to you.

Second Grade Main Schedule

The Second Grade Main Schedule uses the curriculum and books listed below and schedules each resource into a 5-day week, 36-week year. Included in the schedule are detailed instructions on how to use our schedules as well as instructions on how to use the curriculum you purchase. We send you all of this three ringed binder.


General Resources

We have found these resources helpful for establishing a great foundation for your homeschool. These resources are not scheduled, but are meant as a resource for you to refer to throughout the year.



Your job as a parent is not primarily to keep your child "happy," but rather to train him up to be a responsible adult. One way to begin to accomplish this goal is to give your children responsibilities around the house. Doing chores and getting paid for a job well done, helps the child to make the connection between working hard and making money. Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace Jr. is a great resource for helping you to do this.



The Second Grade Main schedule maps out daily readings from the Old Testament, giving your child a great overview of Old Testament history. Choose the Bible you think most appropriate for your child. The Bible memory verses are taken from the Wise Words for Moms booklet. Use the Tracking Your Walk Journal to write summaries of the Bible stories, memory verses, and prayer requests throughout the year.

Reformation Study Bible Child's Story Bible Tracking Your Walk Wise Words for Moms



If your child is not reading fluently, use these resources as a review to encourage strong reading skills.

Phonics Pathways Basic Phonics Skills C



Spelling Workout is a great, easy to use, spelling curriculum.

Spelling Workout C Spelling Workout C Teacher's Guide



This is a great handwriting program. The instruction manual has a couple of pages of instruction for each level in the program. Only purchase the instruction manual if you haven't purchased it in a previous grade.

Italics Handwriting C Italics Handwriting Instructor's Guide

Choose from the following copybooks for extra handwriting practice, that integrates history with writing.

OT and the Ancient World History Copybooks NT, Greece, and Rome History Copybooks


Middle Ages, Renaissance, and Reformation History Copybooks Coming Soon!

Early Modern History Copybook Modern Times Copybook K-3



Institutes for Excellence in Writing offers a wonderful training syllabus and DVD set for teachers. Once you have been through all the DVD's you will be completely equipped to teach and evaluate your child's writing.

Easy Classical Press offers a companion guide to IEW's Teaching Writing: Structure and Style. These guides, as they become available, will help you to implement the wonderful concepts taught in IEW's curriculum, integrating it seamlessly with the history topics taught in our history schedules.

Writing with History: Old Testament and the Ancient World Writing with History: NT, Greece, and Rome Writing with History: Middle Ages, Renaissance, and Reformation coming soon! Writing with History: Early Modern Times Writing with History: Modern Times



Shurley English offers a wonderful grammar program that creatively teaches the often elusive grammar concepts.



Classical Academic Press offers a great introduction to Latin course for the second or third grader. This teachers manual, student workbook, and CD teaches only Latin vocabulary preparing the student for for the Latin for Children series which teaches vocabulary and grammar.

Song School Latin Song School Latin Teacher's Edition



Saxon math is an excellent "scripted" math program, that is very easy to teach, even for the math phobics out there. We recommend you use Saxon 3 for second grade. Saxon 2 is more of a first grade math program. If you are unsure if your child is ready have him take a placement test. Make sure to purchase the Teacher's Manual, Workbooks, Fact Cards, and Math Manipulatives.

Saxon Math 3 Math Manipulatives



Drawing with Children is an excellent introduction to drawing even for the young child. We have coordinated the art lessons taught in Drawing with Children with our science and history schedules.

Drawing With Children Sketch Pad Colored Pencils
Physical Education

This physical education guide is scheduled throughout the year to ensure you and your child are getting adequate amounts of exercise. Daily muscular strength and fitness assignments as well as bi-weekly aerobic exercises are scheduled throughout the year.

Homeschool Physical Fitness Guide


Critical Thinking

Building Thinking Skills is an excellent critical thinking program. It not only helps the child to think more logically, but also has been shown to improve standardized test scores.

Building Thinking Skills 1 CD



Our first choice for music is the Suzuki method of learning an instrument. But if your budget is tight, or you or your child do not have the time or desire to commit to formal music lessons, The First Book of the Recorder is a great alternative. This book has short lessons that teach the basics of holding a recorder and beginning to read music.

First Book of the Recorder



This main schedule does not include science. Choose from the following science schedules to complete your child's course of study. If you are looking for a schedule that includes the science, history, and main subjects, go to our complete schedule page.

Animals, Human Body, and Plants Schedule Geology, Weather, and Astronomy Chemistry Schedule Physics Schedule



This main schedule does not include history. Choose from the following history schedules to complete your child's course of study. If you are looking for a schedule that includes the science, history, and main subjects, go to our complete schedule page.

State History Schedule Old Testament and Ancient Egypt Schedule New Testament, Greece, and Rome Schedule Middle Ages, Renaissance, and Reformation


Early Modern History Schedule Modern History Schedule