Getting Started with 2nd Grade Homeschool

2nd Grade Homeschooling Overview

Second grade is an exciting year because it’s often when your young reader really takes off with his or her new skill! Reluctant readers may become confident readers, and you can expect your child to read both for learning and for fun. The library can become a homeschool family’s favorite destination as your 2nd grader picks out a variety of fiction and non-fiction books. Your student will also benefit from a comprehensive 2nd grade reading curriculum. If your child is struggling with reading, now is a good time to have them evaluated by a professional for any learning differences, so those issues can be addressed and remediated.

Second grade homeschoolers will also benefit from hands-on activities that supplement what they are learning. Math manipulatives can be incredibly helpful in reinforcing the new concepts they are introduced to throughout the school year. Plastic or tile letters are another tactile way that young students can practice everything from spelling to vocabulary to reading. Even science and social studies lessons are improved when students perform experiments, draw maps, dress up in costumes, and explore nature.

A typical course of study for second grade homeschoolers includes language arts , math, social studies, and science. To view a comprehensive list of the types of lessons that are included in a 2nd grade homeschool curriculum, explore Time4Learning’s scope and sequence page.

Ten Tips for Homeschooling 2nd Grade

  1. The more choice your 2nd grader has in their day, the more likely they are to be engaged in their learning. Consider giving your student choices on when, where, and how to accomplish their day-to-day work.
  2. If your state offers a tax-free school supplies day, that is the perfect opportunity to stock up on items you think you may use in your homeschool.
  3. Unless you are planning to put your child right back into school after a year of homeschooling, you may find that grading your child’s assignments is far less important in homeschool than it was in traditional school. Parents often discover that they are able to accurately assess how well their child is learning without the use of a grading scale.
  4. While convenient, there is no reason that families have to have a dedicated “homeschool room.” Families living in smaller spaces often find that as long as they have a dedicated area of their home to store their supplies, they can learn equally well in any room and even outside!
  5. Homeschooled kids and homeschooling parents both benefit from regular outings with other families. Find out if your area has a local homeschool support group and get involved with field trips, clubs, and community service activities they offer.
  6. Resist the temptation to compare your homeschooling methods or your child’s progress with other homeschoolers. In fact, one of the biggest advantages of homeschooling is finding a learning path that is unique to your family.
  7. Homeschooling doesn’t have to break the bank. Many of the books and resources needed to homeschool a 2nd grader are available for free or at minimal cost online, at your local library, via used bookstores, or by trading off with other homeschool families.
  8. Your state’s department of education website can be an invaluable resource for what a typical course of study for your child’s grade level includes. This should only serve as a comparative tool, however, since ultimately, a homeschool student’s coursework is determined by the student and parent.
  9. Depending on your child’s dominant learning style, they may be attracted to a specific type of curriculum. For example, auditory learners may retain material more easily when presented in podcast form. Hands-on learners can make sense of math instruction that includes manipulatives.
  10. Don’t get so focused on the academic goals of your homeschool year that you forget to enjoy just learning together.

2nd Grade Homeschool Curriculum

Time4Learning’s 2nd grade curriculum is provided in an ad-free environment where students can focus on their lessons and enjoy an educational playground as a reward for their hard work. Time4Learning is standards-based and designed to help students achieve reading skills, and a solid math foundation. Lessons are designed to help students build confidence and work independently, all while at their own pace.

For second graders, Time4Learning provides language arts, math, science and social studies. The lessons combine multimedia lessons, instructional videos, printable worksheets, quizzes, tests and both online and offline projects that focus largely on developing higher order thinking and writing skills.

Homeschool in 2nd grade at Time4Learning includes multiple benefits for parents and students:

  • Detailed lesson content so that parents can explore lessons in advance
  • A secure, ad-free online learning environment
  • The ability for students to access their lessons on a computer or a mobile device (via the Puffin Academy app)
  • An automated system that grades lessons and keeps reports for homeschool portfolio usage
  • The option for parents to set grade levels independently for each subject
  • Flexibility to use the curriculum as the core of their homeschool or as a supplement to other programs

Have other questions about homeschooling 2nd grade? Visit our 2nd grade homeschool information page for an overview of everything Time4Learning has to offer your student.

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