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Second Grade Homeschool Social Studies Curriculum

Second Grade Homeschool Social Studies Curriculum
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Having a society of educated and helpful citizens begins with modeling good citizenship on a daily basis for our children. Early elementary learners also need focused instruction history, geography, government, and economics. In 2nd grade, social studies often overlaps with other subjects such as reading, writing, and math. Students have the opportunity to integrate much of what they are learning into the activities and projects of their social studies curriculum.

What Do You Teach in 2nd Grade Social Studies?

For many students, second grade is the first year of dedicated instruction in social studies. The specific content may vary from state to state, however, most second graders will be acquiring an understanding of:

  • What humans must have to survive (needs vs wants)
  • Their place in the world (basic geography skills)
  • Their national identity (American holidays, landmarks, and symbols)
  • Their community (what makes a community and the jobs that keep it operating)

When choosing a 2nd grade social studies curriculum, you want to find one that offers standards-based content while promoting civic competence. A good curriculum will help students think critically, look at issues from many perspectives, and emphasize active engagement in the community and the world.

Read on to learn how Time4Learning’s second grade social studies curriculum helps second graders accomplish these social studies goals.

Second Grade Social Studies Objectives

By the time your child has completed second grade, your homeschooler will have a much better sense of where they fit into their community, their country, and their world. A standards-based program will target goals like:

  • Understanding basic economic concepts
  • Using geographic representations to process information
  • Understanding the roles of citizens
  • Recognizing key national symbols
  • Awareness of key national holidays

In addition to direct instruction in these areas, there are 2nd grade social studies activities that will enhance your child’s learning. Look for opportunities to incorporate historical homeschool field trips into your schedule. Play grade-appropriate games that highlight geography skills. And check out library books that feature patriotic themes.

Time4Learning’s Second Grade Social Studies Lessons

Identify basic human needs.
Explain how basic needs of food, clothing and shelter can be met.
Use maps to locate states, the United States, continents and oceans.
Recognize that maps are utilized to provide directions as well as location.
The learner will recognize symbols on a simple map.
Locate places using cardinal and intermediate directions.
Identifies selected important buildings, statues and monuments associated with national history, for example, Capitol building, White House, Statue of Liberty, the United States flag and the Liberty Bell.
The learner will explain the purpose of , and the people and events honored in commemorative, patriotic holidays such as President’s Day, Veteran’s Day, Independence Day, Columbus Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and Thanksgiving.
The learner will explain the purpose of various holidays celebrated by different cultures within the United States, such as, Cinco de Mayo and Kwanza.
The learner will know the Pledge of Allegiance and songs that express American ideas (e.g., My Country ””Tis of Thee and The Star Spangled Banner.
Identify jobs in the home, school and community, describe the requirements of various jobs and cite examples of characteristics of doing a job well performed.

Why Choose Time4Learning 2nd Grade Social Studies Homeschool Curriculum?

Children love using the computer to learn. From 2nd through 12th grade, social studies instruction is included with your Time4Learning subscription. Our social studies program for elementary school includes hundreds of activities that cover a wide range of topics such as economics, geography, and U.S. history.

The interactive, comprehensive curriculum helps students gain a thorough understanding of all the progress that has taken place in the past and how it affects our way of life today.

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