2nd Grade Social Studies Curriculum
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.
This page will guide parents on what topics they may cover when teaching second grade social studies, as well as the goals that they are aiming for. You will also get an understanding of how Time4Learning’s social studies curriculum is a powerful partner in your homeschool plan for second grade.
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.
Social Studies Objectives for Second Grade
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.
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. Whether you choose to use TIme4Learning as a complete curriculum or a supplement, below are just some of the benefits and features you can expect.
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