This post is part of my Peek at Our Homeschool Week Lesson series.
Ahoy, Mates! This week was our first week back to school and in Second Grade we began our year with pirates and a lot of practice! Here are the lessons of the week.
There are many families homeschooling multiple age groups. This year I’m focusing on 3 different age groups. It can be difficult to do, but with a little preparation you can school like a pro! My second graders are at different levels in their learning, so I’ll be sure to highlight all the lessons in this post.
Why All About Me Posters? This will be our 4th year of homeschooling so you’d think I’d know all about my second graders by now. But, do you know what’s interesting? Every year my kids answer the questions differently. One year they say they are an artist when the year before they complain they aren’t good at art. Kids are constantly growing and changing! I love this beginning of the year activity because I’m always surprised by what they are going to say about themselves.
I love beginning the year with back to school books and craftivities! This year I found this cute idea from Stepping Into Second Grade. I read this rhyming book to my K-2nd grade kiddos. On day one of reading the book we made these adorable pirates and included a writing activity.
I already had the hats cut out. I found this scroll template for the body. The kids wrote, “We “argh excited about 2nd grade because….” as our first writing assignment. They cut out circles for faces and added their eyes, nose, and mouth. Time ran out so they didn’t have enough time to add arms and legs. But the writing center was a great incentive for writing!
On our day without the cottage school kids, I read “Pirates Go to School” again with Pixie. I read the pages to her and then she’d read it back to me. She is not a confident reader yet, so I find if I read a page aloud first it reduces her anxiety.
When the cottage school kids were here on Thursday, we reviewed the story by going over the characters, setting, problem, and solution. Then I gave them a printable from Stupendous Story Elements to begin organizing their thoughts for their own story. Then they were all ready to sit down and write!
For our lessons in character we began studying about greedy versus generous. We are using Learning About Character Traits from Christian Homeschool Hub. Our verse for the week was “Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” Corinthians 9:7. I also read “The Giving Tree” by Shel Silverstein as an example of generosity.
We also used this story to study art. We loved the way this story is illustrated. There’s no color on any of the pages, yet the simple drawings drew us into the story with interesting ideas of the tree extending out of the page. Many times we saw only a foot coming into the page as if the character is walking towards the tree. This book is a great example to think outside the box.
As an assessment in reading, I used my Sight Word Packet Unit #1 assessment.
For our math lessons this week we spent some time exploring our math tools. On our off day with the cottage school we practiced balancing equations on Prodigy. Prodigy is one of the websites we use on our days without the cottage school kids. It’s nice to have a break from the every day math activities and spend some time online.
We also used these Strategy Bracelets to help practice our fact fluency. The kids loved wearing them on their wrists. Then I put them into a group to practice.
This summer we learned about the ocean. We are very lucky to have a friend who works on The Nautilus. We were able to set up a live conversation with the crew from The Nautilus. They answered all of our questions and had videos of their expeditions to help explain their answers. It was a great way to learn about the ocean!
We also began an intro to Chemistry. We are using Elements: The Ingredients of the Universe to explore this concept. Our first lesson was to look up the ingredients of biscuits, cookies, pancakes, cakes, and breads. It was a fun way to introduce this unit!