Sunday, October 25, 2020

2nd Grade History, Geography, Social Studies & Civics

We were supposed to do Story of the World for history but Z just can't pay attention long enough to remember or learn anything because he said it's boring - and believe me, I've tried a lot of different ways since 1st grade!  So I decided to try something else and create my own blend of social studies/civics/geography and so far, so good!

**UPDATE - We finished everything below in Social Studies/Civics and decided to add in Abeka's Our America and Z loves it!
Here are the topics we have learned about so far with books we own, library books and videos from YouTube:
Social Studies/Civics:
American symbols, landmarks, holidays, White House, 3 branches of government, Washington D.C., the Constitution, Bill of Rights, Declaration of Independence, laws, rights, local government departments, citizenship, voting, mailman, police, paramedics, firefighters, emergency vehicles, military branches, construction workers, doctors, libraries, producers/consumers, resources, society, community, urban/suburban/rural, towns and cities

*Some great YouTube channels we used were Homeschool Pop, Kids Academy, A Kid Explains History


50 states & capitals, continents, countries, maps, physical geography, more to come...

*We are blending in our geography study with Earth Science that we are currently doing in science.  We also have several geography games that we play frequently and they are the easiest way to learn states and countries!


Biographies - Christopher Columbus, Benjamin Franklin, George Washington, Inventors, history and patriotic songs, more to come...

Saturday, October 24, 2020

Magic School Bus Rides Again by Science Subject

I have a printout someone made for the original Magic School Bus video series that divided the episodes into subjects to make it easier to know which one to watch for what science topic.  I couldn't find one for the new series, Magic School Bus Rides Again, so I created my own:

Season 1

  1. Ecosystems
  2. Wind
  3. Fish
  4. Rocks
  5. Magnetism
  6. Sickness
  7. Camouflage in Nature
  8. Solid, Liquid, Gas
  9. Space
  10. Glaciers
  11. Robot
  12. Alternative Power
  13. Ocean - Submarine
Season 2
  1. Fossils
  2. Birds
  3. Farm
  4. Computers
  5. Animals
  6. Space
  7. Simple Machines
  8. Clouds
  9. Physics
  10. Insects
  11. Compost
  12. DNA
  13. Sun

Thursday, October 1, 2020

Z's 2nd Grade Fun Book List

Z just finished up his 1st Grade Fun Book List and now we are starting his 2nd Grade list of fun books.  These are books that he reads for fun in the evening that are below his reading level.  I will be adding to this list throughout the year.  We are using the 1000 Good Books List that used to be online (I saved the lists) and Z is reading almost all in grades 1-3 lists.

  1. Olivia Sharp (Nate the Great's Cousin) - The Pizza Monster
  2. Oliva Sharp 4-book audiobook set
  3. Amelia Bedelia
  4. Thank you, Amelia Bedelia
  5. Come Back, Amelia Bedelia
  6. Play Ball, Amelia Bedelia
  7. Good Work, Amelia Bedelia
  8. Teach Us, Amelia Bedelia
  9. Amelia Bedelia Helps Out
  10. Amelia Bedelia and the Baby
  11. Amelia Bedelia Goes Camping
  12. Merry Christmas, Amelia Bedelia
  13. Amelia Bedelia's Family Album
  14. Balto
  15. George the Drummer Boy
  16. George and Martha
  17. The Long Way to a New Land
  18. The Horse in Harry's Room
  19. Daniel's Duck
  20. A Bargain for Frances
  21. Bread and Jam for Frances
  22. A Baby Sister for Frances
  23. The Carrot Seed
  24. Bedtime for Frances
  25. A Birthday for Frances
  26. Sammy the Seal
  27. Chester
  28. The Littlest Leaguer
  29. Sam the Minuteman
  30. The Josefina Story Quilt
  31. Julius
  32. Mrs. Brice's Mice
  33. A New Coat for Anna
  34. Granny and the Desperadoes
  35. George Washington's Mother
  36. Clara and the Bookwagon
  37. The Long Way Westward
  38. Prairie School
  39. Keep the Lights Burning Abbie
  40. Finding Providence
  41. First Flight: The Story of Tom Tate and the Wright Brothers
  42. Abigail Takes the Wheel
  43. The Battle for St. Michaels
  44. Night Noises and the Other Mole and Troll Stories
  45. Albert the Albatross
  46. The Lighthouse Children
  47. Barney's Horse
  48. Danny and the Dinosaur
  49. Danny and the Dinosaur Go to Camp
  50. Oliver
  51. Stanley
  52. Grizzwold
  53. Wagon Wheels
  54. Dinosaur Hunter
  55. Buffalo Bill and the Pony Express
  56. The 18 Penny Goose
  57. The First Thanksgiving
  58. Christopher Columbus
  59. George Washington: The First President
  60. George Washington and the General's Dog
  61. Chang's Paper Pony
  62. Kick, Pass, Run
  63. Hockey at Home
  64. Arthur's Funny Money
  65. Thomas Edison: Lighting the Way
  66. Ben Franklin Thinks Big
  67. Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
  68. Always Room for One More
  69. Amos and Boris
  70. Brave Irene
  71. C D C?
  72. And To Think That I Saw it on Mulberry Street
  73. Andy and the Lion
  74. Angus and the Ducks
  75. The Animals of Farmer Jones
  76. Animals Should Definitely Not Wear Clothing
  77. Amish Christmas
  78. Christmas in the Barn
  79. Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey
  80. The Crippled Lamb
  81. My First Christmas
  82. The Birds of Bethlehem
  83. The Grumpy Shepherd
  84. Mary, Did You Know?
  85. Peter Spier's Christmas
  86. Silent Night
  87. Who is Coming to Our House?
  88. The Story of Christmas
  89. The Big Snow
  90.  The 12 Days of Christmas
  91. A Apple Pie
  92. Apricot ABC
  93. The Biggest Bear
  94. Biggest House in the World
  95. A Color of His Own
  96. Swimmy
  97. It's Mine
  98. Inch by Inch
  99. Geraldine the Music Mouse
  100. An Extraordinary Egg
  101. Fish is Fish
  102. The Church Mouse
  103. Caps for Sale
  104. The Cock, the Mouse and the Little Red Hen
  105. Corduroy
  106. Cross-Country Cat
  107. Deer at the Brook
  108. Doctor Dan and the Bandage Man
  109. Dogger
  110. An Edward Lear Alphabet
  111. Emily
  112. The Emperor's New Clothes
  113. The Empty Pot
  114. The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins
  115. Flat Stanley
  116. Goodnight Moon
  117. The Color Kittens
  118. Harry the Dirty Dog
  119. The Sailor Dog
  120. Big Red Barn
  121. Hilda the Hen Who Wouldn't Give Up
  122. A Hole is to Dig
  123. Horton Hears a Who
  124. The House That Jack Built
  125. I Saw the Sea Come In
  126. If You Give a Moose a Muffin
  127. If You Give a Mouse a Cookie
  128. Just Me
  129. James and the Rain
  130. Johnny Crow's Garden
  131. King at the Door
  132. The Little Engine That Could
  133. The Little House
  134. Katy and the Big Snow
  135. Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel
  136. Little Red Hen
  137. Little Toot
  138. The Luckiest One of All
  139. Madeline
  140. Madeline in London
  141. Madeline and the Bad Hat
  142. Madeline's Rescue
  143. Madeline's Christmas
  144. Madeline Says Merci
  145. Madeline in America
  146. Made About Madeline
  147. Make Way for Ducklings
  148. Blueberries for Sal
  149. Marshmallow
  150. May I Bring a Friend
  151. Millions of Cats
  152. Miss Rumpius
  153. Eleanor
  154. Chanticleer and the Fox
  155. Ox Cart Man
  156. My Mother is the Most Beautiful Woman in the World
  157. On Mother's Lap
  158. Owl Moon
  159. Paper Crane
  160. Penny Wise - Fun Foolish
  161. Peter Spier's Rain
  162. The Fox Went Out on a Chilly Night
  163. Petunia
  164. Petunia Takes a Trip
  165. White Snow, Bright Snow
  166. Randolph Caldecott Picture Book
  167. The Poky Little Puppy
  168. Rain, Rain Rivers
  169. Richard Scarry's Please and Thank You Book
  170. Rome Antics
  171. The Shy Little Kitten
  172. Sir Frances Drake: His Daring Deeds
  173. The Smartest Bear and His Brother Oliver
  174. The Snowy Day
  175. Brother Francis and the Friendly Beasts
  176. Stone Soup: An Old Tale
  177. The Story About Ping
  178. The Story of Babar
  179. Babar Goes to School
  180. Babar the King
  181. The Story of Ferdinand
  182. The Tale of Peter Rabbit
  183. Three Little Kittens
  184. Thunder Cake
  185. A Toad for Tuesday
  186. Two Roman Mice
  187. Veronica
  188. The Very Hungry Caterpillar
  189. Where Does the Butterfly Go When It Rains?
  190. Where the Wild Things Are
  191. My Father's Dragon
  192. Abraham Lincoln
  193. Blaze and Thunderbolt
  194. Blaze Finds the Trail
  195. Blaze and the Forest Fire
  196. Blaze and the Gray Spotted Pony
  197. Blaze and the Mountain Lion
  198. Blaze Shows the Way
  199. Blaze Finds Forgotten Roads
  200. Blaze and the Lost Quarry
  201. Blaze and the Indian Cave
  202. Temple Cat
  203. Moses - Harriett Tubman
  204. My America - Westward to Home
  205. My America - A Perfect Place
  206. Buffalo Bill - d'Aulaire
  207. I Am Helen Keller
  208. My America - The Wild Year
  209. My America - Freedom's Wings
  210. Cowboy Sam and the Airplane