Not Back to School Hop- Curriculum Week


I usually love the planning part of any activity. I can make a list or a schedule with the best of them. I started planning for our upcoming school year pretty much as soon as we finished the last school year. To be perfectly honest, I was already planning before the school term was out.

What I am about to share with you barely resembles that original plan. After some very expensive hospital visits that our insurance has been no help with, I realized I couldn’t buy everything I wanted to. After a few panic attacks, I did what I should have done in the first place and went to God. After praying about this, I realized I already had plenty of resources to use without buying anything new.

That being said, this is what our homeschool will look like for second grade:

Science: (I include this one first because it was the biggest disappointment in my planning)

We will be using lots and lots of books for this. I had originally planned to use Apologia Flying Creatures curriculum, but we are now taking the Marine stance (improvise, adapt, overcome). If our preacher ever reads my blog he will be happy to know I learned something from himJ.

To be more specific we will be reading from “The Burgess Bird Book for Children”, “Among the Pond People”, “Among the Forest People”, “Among the Meadow People” “Citizen Bird”, “The Nest in the Honeysuckles” and other miscellaneous selections.

We will also be doing nature study weekly. I plan to use “The Handbook of Nature Study” to help with this as well as some of the other nature study materials I have found online.

History/ Geography:

We actually have a planned curriculum for this subject. We will be using “Joshua-Malachi & Ancient Greece” which is a resource from Simply Charlotte Mason.

We used resources from this site last year, and Danger Girl really liked it, so why mess with a good thing.

We will also include “A Child’s Geography, Volume 2” to go along with our geography studies.


We will continue with Math Mammoth this year. I had already purchased resources through sixth grade, so luckily I was covered there. I will also use many of the “living” math books we have around the house.

And just because Danger Girl needs a little more than worksheets, I will continue to use Math on the Level to supplement.

Language Arts:

I will actually introduce grammar this year using a resource I got for free from Homeschool Freebie of the Day. We will be using “Grammar Land” for this introduction. I also have “The Child’s Own English Book” which is another freebie. (Big Woo Hoo for freebies this year)

For reading we will do just that, read. I have several books for Danger Girl to read from. I will also continue to use some of the resources from our “Happy Phonics” curriculum. These same resources can be used for spelling, so another woo hoo for resources being used multiple times.

We will be doing some more work on writing this year using Delightful Handwriting, another resource from Simply Charlotte Mason.

Foreign Language:

We will continue with Prima Latina this year.  Another re-use of resources.

Artist Study/ Music Study/ Hymn Study:

I will be following the Simply Charlotte Mason website for this. Luckily this is one place where I can make use of our local library. They don’t have a lot, but I have faith I will find materials for artist and music study there. If not there is always the internet.

Related to this, a friend of mine has offered to teach art to Danger Girl. I am extremely grateful as I am not an artist.

Good Citizenship:

This is a requirement for our state. I will be using the “If You Had to Choose, What Would You Do” books to fulfill this requirement. I have other plans as well, but as far as a curriculum goes this is what I have so far.

So this is our plan for now. I’m sure some things will change as we go along, but that’s okay (I’ll keep telling myself that until I believe it).

I’d love to hear what your school year looks like! Good luck to everyone else who is getting ready for the new school year. Here’s to a smooth year for you!


(Helpful links for this post: Simply Charlotte Mason, Homeschool Freebie of the Day)


8 thoughts on “Not Back to School Hop- Curriculum Week

  1. There are TONS of free music/hymn/composer resources linked on Pinterest. I was amazed when i started looking around how little I would actually have to buy! Also, I have a spare copy of flying creatures of the fifth day I would love to bless your family with. Please let me know if you are interested!

  2. Hi, I am new to your site and noticed you were using Delightful Handwriting. I was thinking about purchasing this for my son but cannot find reviews for it. I was wondering how you like it? Thanks!

    1. Rebecca, thanks for stopping by. I hope you find my site helpful. We started the year out using Delightful Handwriting, but after one month we set it aside. This has nothing to do with the materials, but with my daughter. I liked the format, and plan on picking it back up later this year, but we were having difficulties in other areas, and I wanted to choose my battles at that time. If you would like I could email you with an actual review of this material.

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