Are You Home Schooling Your Second Grader?

Have you been somewhat discouraged by the experiences your child is having in his or her first-grade year at public school? If so, maybe you are planning ahead to home school your child for second grade. If that's true, do you already have all of your plans made? In that case, there isn't a reason to continue reading. On the other hand, maybe you are still in the planning stages for teaching your child at home. If that's the case, here are some ideas that might help you.

​Obtain A Second Grade Reading Lesson Curriculum - If you have been a school teacher in the past, you probably already know exactly what seven- and eight-year-old students are learning in their reading classes. Otherwise, obtain the second-grade reading curriculum from a commercial source or from the second-grade teachers at a public or private school. You can more than likely even obtain the needed curriculum from your public library. 

A great part of your child's reading will probably come from reading age-appropriate novels. For example, Dinosaurs Before Dark, The Year of Billy Miller, the entire collection of books by Judy Blume and the collection of The Borrowers might be fiction books that your child will enjoy. 

Do you remember which books you enjoyed when you were a second-grader? Maybe you loved the Nancy Drew books or the Hardy Boys series. Your child might enjoy reading those books, too.

Maybe you've already learned that reading makes for better writing, and vice versa. With that in mind, think of having your child write his or her own books. Add to the fun by asking your child to illustrate the books he or she writes. 

For more information, look up 2nd-grade reading lesson plan ideas.

Teach The Other Basic Subjects - When you start teaching math to your second grader, first make sure that he or she has totally understood what was taught in first-grade math class. If you aren't convinced that your child has mastered first-grade math, do a tutorial before teaching larger numbers in subtraction and addition. Have your child explain to you how this is done. By doing that, you will see whether or not your child has really caught on.

As long as you can read textbooks for science, geography, and social studies, you will more than likely easily be able to teach your child those subjects. Remember to call on friends from foreign countries to tell about their country's culture. And, if you want your child to learn a foreign language, now would be a good time to start that.