Collin is using Math-U-See Alpha, and he loves it! After watching Mr. Demme teach each lesson on the DVD, Collin completes the worksheets independently. I rarely need to add any further instruction, other than occasional help with thinking through a word problem. We are definitely continuing with MUS next year!
For grammar Collin is using School of Tomorrow English PACEs. These second grade PACEs include manuscript handwriting practice, phonics review, and a very gentle introduction to grammar. They also provide practice in writing sentences and friendly letters.
Collin is using School of Tomorrow Word Building PACEs for spelling and vocabulary. Each PACE contains twenty spelling words with definitions. The Word Building PACEs also teach phonics rules to aid in spelling and reading.
Each day I assign a portion from Abeka’s third-grade readers. In addition, Collin reads independently according to his interests.
Collin is using School of Tomorrow Social Studies PACEs to learn about history, geography, and our country. Topics include our President, citizenship, famous buildings, George Washington, and more. The fourth edition PACEs are definitely more appealing and visually attractive than earlier editions. In fact, Collin has asked to continue using them next year!
For science Collin is using School of Tomorrow Science PACEs. This year he has studied the days of Creation, animals, seasons, and the five senses, among other things. Again, the fourth edition is a big improvement over the previous edition, and Collin wants to use PACEs for science next year as well.
We have approached art and music in a very relaxed manner this year. For art, Collin draws pictures, makes thumbprint art, and generally does whatever interests him creatively. For music, he listens to a variety of music styles and artists; he also participates in group singing and special programs at church.
Collin does not participate in any team sports. Instead, we encourage him to be physically active in individual and group activities, and try to promote individual exercise as a lifelong habit.
Now it’s your turn! What are you using for second grade?
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