Friday, March 25, 2011

2nd Grade

Now that Jay is done with his 1st grade year, I figured I'd post the plan for his 2nd grade year.

So, Jay's 2nd grade (2011-2012 school year):

Music: Alfred's  Kid's Guitar Course book 1, 1-2 days per week
guitar practice 3 days a week
guitar lessons 1 time per week
recorder practice at least 1 day per week
Native American Flute practice (starting 2nd half of year)

History: 2-3 times per week for at least 1 hour each day, various materials, lots of hands-on projects, lots of library books, documentaries, Learning Through History Magazine, Notebooking Pages, websites, etc.
Ancient China: 8 - 10 weeks
Vikings: 8 - 10 weeks
Native American History & Culture: 15 - 20 weeks

Geography: Map Corner, World Geography & You
1 - 2 days per week, since it's his first year doing Geography, I only planned out 28 weeks worth, to see how these programs work together & to get a feel for how long each chapter/unit takes him

Logic: Logic Safari book 1, 1 day a week

Computer Program: Logo Adventures, 1 lesson per week

Language Arts: daily
Grammar - Easy Grammar grade 2, Grammar Tales
Writing - Discover the deck
Reading - free reading 1 hour per day

Math: daily, at his own pace, games for practice & review
Subduing Subtraction - the pages on subtracting time & measurement
Mastering Multiplication - finish from where he left off at end of 1st
Defeating Division - start when done with multiplication & work till end of year
Key to Measurement - we have all 4 books, so he can go through them at his pace
Key to Metric Measruement - we have all 4 books, so he can go through them at his own pace

Science: Magic School Bus based, 2 - 3 times per week for at least 1 hour per day, MSB kits, various books on topic (including but not limited to MSB books), dvds, documentaries, websites, labs, Notebooking Pages, etc
Flight (and forces & motions): 12 weeks
Space: 12 weeks
Electricity & Magnetism: 12 weeks

Latin: 2 days per week, Latin For Children Primer A

Spanish: 2 days per week, Tell Me More Spanish

ASL: 1 day per week, Signing Time dvds, other various dvds from library

Art: 2 days per week, various materials, origami, working with clay, projects connected with History, Geography, and Science

We also do Home Ec & PE, but both are really unstructured and we don't exactly keep track of them. The kids spend 1 hour outside each day, weather permitting. They also have access to various exercise dvds that they can do when they have to be inside. Right now, his Home Ec mainly consists of doing his chores & learning to cook.

We're also trying to find some ways for him to get into volunteering/community service (something more than helping us box up & drop off donations, choosing food to buy for the food pantry, and helping as we determine which charities to send money to each year). The kids are planning to make all natural, homemade bird feeders, sell them, and use the money to buy animal food to donate to a local animal shelter or sanctuary.