Homeschooling Update – The End of Summer and Begining of Our New Adventure!

We have begun our first week of home schooling and it is awesome! I love seeing Madison so happy. I wanted to share what we have worked on and mastered up to this point so that I can continue with updates from this point on. We did home school over the summer to work out the ‘quirks’.

Madison enjoyed several fun summer activities. We went to Disney World and Kansas City. She really enjoyed spending time with my parents. Madison spent a week at Camp Inventions, enjoyed a variety of camps, art class, music class, and gymnastics. She also really enjoyed going to the pool. As far as homeschooling goes, here is what we have mastered so far by subject for Second Grade:


Number Sense:
• Hundreds, Tens, & Ones: Count and group objects into hundreds, tens, and ones. Identify a given number in expanded form. Identify the value of a given digit within a number up to the hundreds place.
• Write Numbers: Read and write number words up to ninety-nine and match them to numerals.
• Compare Numbers: Compare and order numbers using symbols such as <, =, and >. When given any number up to 1,000, identify one more than, one less than, 10 more than, 10 less than, 100 more than, and 100 less than.
• Ordinal Numbers: Read and understand ordinal numbers 1st – 100th. Identify ordinal number words first – tenth by name.
• Equivalent Forms of Numbers: Using diagrams, pictorial representations, and numerical expressions, represent equivalent forms of various numbers up to 1000.
• Skip Counting: Count up to 1000 by fives, tens, twenty-fives, fifties, and hundreds using mental math and pictorial representations.
• Zero as a Placeholder: Use zero as a placeholder and identify 10 tens as 100, 10 hundreds as 1000.
• Number Line and Rounding: Locate numbers up to 1000 on a number line. Use a number line to round numbers to the nearest 10.
• Odd and Even Numbers: Identify odd and even numbers.
• Sums and Differences: Even or Odd?: Determine if a sum or difference is odd or even.

• Fact Families: Solve addition and subtraction facts up to 18 by using inverse operations. Describe the related facts that make up a fact family.
• Grouping Property: Use the Associative Property of Addition to solve addition problems involving three addends.
• Two-digit Addition: Solve addition problems involving two-digit numbers with regrouping.
• Adding Whole Numbers: Add single- and two-digit whole numbers.
• Two-digit Subtraction: Solve subtraction problems involving two-digit numbers with regrouping.
• Subtracting Whole Numbers: Subtract single-digit numbers from single- and two-digit numbers and two-digit numbers from two-digit numbers.

We are also using the Saxon Math Curriculum and have mastered up to lesson 37. Saxon Math 2 I love that it comes with manipulatives.

Saxon Math Manipulative

Language Arts

Here is what we have mastered so far in our year round home schooling that we began in July using that incorporates online learning and worksheets.

• Long vowels with silent e; Story Elements: long vowels ending with silent e; high frequency words; fluency with modeled reading; vocabulary; reading a leveled text; story elements identifying main characters; and writing.
• Long a with ai, ay; Sequence Events: the vowel digraphs ai and ay with the long a sound; high frequency words; fluency with reading rate; vocabulary; reading a leveled text; sequencing; and writing.
• Long e with ea, ee, y; Story Elements: the vowel digraphs ea and ee with the long e sound, the vowel y with the long e sound; high frequency words; fluency focusing on periods; vocabulary; reading a leveled text; story elements identifying setting; and writing.
• Long i with igh, y, ie; Prefixes; Details: the long vowel i as spelled with the letters igh, y, and ie; the prefix pre-; high frequency words; fluency focusing on question marks; vocabulary; reading a leveled text; details; and writing.
• Long o with oa, ow; Shades of Meaning; Main Idea: he vowel digraphs oa and ow with the long o sound; high frequency words; fluency focusing on speed and accuracy; vocabulary words and nuances in meaning; reading a leveled text; main idea; and writing.
• er, ir, ur; Prefixes & Root Words; Supporting Details: r-controlled vowels er, ir, and ur; the prefixes un-, re-, and the root word “tele”; high frequency words; fluency with quotation marks; vocabulary; reading a leveled text; supporting details; and writing.
• ar, or, ore; Story Elements: the r-controlled vowels ar, or, and ore; high frequency words; fluency focusing on exclamation marks; vocabulary; reading a leveled text; story elements identifying conflict; and writing.
• R-Controlled -ear Irregular Plural Nouns Story Structure: r-controlled vowels spelled -ear; irregular plural nouns; and story structure.
• sh, ch, th, wh; Predict Outcomes: the consonant digraphs sh, ch, th, wh; high frequency words; fluency reviewing periods and exclamation marks; vocabulary; reading a leveled text; predicting outcomes; and writing.
• Use of Periods: Review and correctly use a period in simple and compound sentences.

Madison is also doing Wordly Wise 3000 Vocabulary and just finished Lesson 5. We are doing spelling words as well. Madison loves to read and the books she read in August include Stuart Little, Trumpet of the Swan and she is currently reading Wind in the Willows. She reads a minimum of 30 minutes every day.

We are also doing Language Arts Extensions. Each topic incorporates a background/story where Madison learns thematic content through discovery and achieve comprehension by reading literature with emphasis on vocabulary. Stories use controlled vocabulary to enhance phonemic awareness and sounds, letters & words through a series of learning activities, focused on discovery, recognition, and application, and Madison practices phonetic skills. She experiences words in a variety of modes, including rhyme and story.

We have covered the topics of Spiders, Bees and Worms.

We will master the following topics this year:

Rain Forests
Maps and Globes
Symbols and Keys
Conflict Resolution
Following the Law
Goods and Services
Consumers and Producers


Patterns in Nature:
• Steps in Life Cycle: Identify a cycle as a process with no beginning or end. Briefly explain the steps in the life cycle: birth, growth, reproduction, and death.
• Food Chain: Identify and describe a food chain. Label a chart that illustrates a simple food chain.
• Basic Needs of Animals: Identify the basic needs of animals, including shelter and living space.
• Pond Habitat: Identify plants and animals found in a pond habitat. Describe the food chain of a pond.
• Wetland Habitat: Identify characteristics of a wetland habitat, plants and animals found in a wetland habitat, and examples of adaptations.
• Ocean Habitat: Identify characteristics of an ocean habitat, plants and animals found in an ocean habitat, and examples of adaptations.

Force and Motion:
• Magnetism: Describe magnetism as a force you cannot see that acts upon objects. Know that most magnets contain iron. Describe the law of magnetic attraction, and know that like poles repel and unlike poles attract. Know that magnets can be used to push and pull objects.

Earth and Space:
• Moon and Earth: Know that the Moon moves around the Earth, the Earth moves around the Sun, and the Moon is only visible when it reflects the Sun’s light. Describe the relationship of the Earth’s rotation to a 24-hour day.
• Objects in the Sky: Identify objects seen in the sky, including clouds, the Sun, stars, the Moon, etc. Know that stars and planets are always in the sky, even in the daytime.

This year we will master:
Scientific Investigation
Nature of Matter
Energy, Force and Motion
Effects on the Shape of Earth
Life/Environment Interact
Light & Sound
Eras on Earth

I am also incorporating many Science Experiments and Madison is signed up for Science classes at the local Science Museum and Nature Center.

We are also using Time4Learning  for Social Studies as long as supplementing books and videos and Little Passports to expand our learning.

Wants & Needs:
• Human Needs: Identify basic human needs.
• How Basic Needs Are Met: Explain how basic needs of food, clothing and shelter can be met.

Compare/Contrast Locations
• Map Skills: Use maps to locate states, the United States, continents and oceans.
• Maps & Globes: Recognize that maps are utilized to provide directions as well as location.
• Recognizing Map Symbols: The learner will recognize symbols on a simple map.
• Cardinal Directions: Locate places using cardinal and intermediate directions.

Our National Identity
• Historic Places: 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.
• National Holidays: 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.
• Cultural Holidays: The learner will explain the purpose of various holidays celebrated by different cultures within the United States, such as, Cinco de Mayo and Kwanza.
• Patriotic Expressions: 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.

Work In Society
• Types of Jobs: 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.

I am very excited for the upcoming curriculum as we continue. We will be learning about the following this year:
• Vikings: The characteristics, culture, and influences of the Vikings.
• Alaskan Inuits: Understanding of the way of life of the Alaskan Inuits.
• The World in Spatial Terms: An overview of the world in spatial terms by describing geographical patterns, location, and interrelationships of the major physical features of Earths surface.
• Exploration of the Americas: Examine the history of the United States during the early years of exploration and discovery.
• North American Colonization: Examine the history of the United States during the early years of colonization.
• Rural, Suburban, Urban Region: Describe the people, events, and characteristics of rural, urban, and suburban regions in the United States.
• Economics: Understand the concepts and characteristics of economics.
• Citizenship & Government: Understand the characteristics of citizenship and the role of government at the local and state levels.
• Chronology: Understand the concept of time and chronology by reading and constructing timelines.

She also is working on Rosetta Home School Spanish and French. As well as handwriting and typing. We have a lot of different types of things we will be working on week by week. Madison also has a good amount of time to be creative and work on projects. 🙂 I can’t wait to share our upcoming fun, week by week! And it will be much easier to remember what we did week by week versus over the past couple of months! 🙂


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