My Homeschool Year Two Course
Are you looking for something special for your child’s homeschool program? Well, we hope this Charlotte Mason inspired Year Two curriculum will more than satisfy your needs.
We want your child’s homeschool education to be a joyful experience for you and your child.
To make it easier, we’ve done the planning so you can be confident you are giving your child a well-rounded education and that you comply with Australia’s homeschool registration requirements.
To encourage a passion and motivation for learning, we’ve adopted a literature rich philosophy which has avoided worksheets and textbooks whenever possible.
Our family learning schedule includes: thoughtful conversations, classic read alouds, narrations, poetry, picture study, science and nature journaling, notebooking and art lessons. Independent work includes English, math, copywork and age appropriate readers.
These resources can be downloaded or accessed online. You can print off these documents or keep them in your virtual cupboard.
- Detailed Scope and Sequence and Yearly Plan: Use for registration application, includes Australian Curriculum codes and NESA outcomes.
- Introduction to Teaching Year 2: A home educator’s guide that shows you how to teaching this grade.
- 36 Weeks of Lesson Plans: An online and printable PDF version of each week’s activities, reading schedules and lesson notes.
- Primary Language Lessons Year 2: An English resource combining literature lessons with copywork, spelling, dictation, narrations, picture study, observations, poetry, writing and grammar.
- Aesop’s Fables Copywork – Foundation Font Printing or Scripture Copywork – Foundation Font Printing
- Mary MacKillop Lapbook: Teach children about this remarkable Australian woman’s life and legacy in a crafty, hands-on way.
- Earth Science Picture Book Literature Studies: Combine science, history, geography and art.
- Earth Science Conversations Lessons: Teaches weather, outdoor observance and earth’s assets with conversational learning and hands-on lessons
- Ancient History Makers Lessons: Uses stories from the old testament and archaelogical findings to explore early history
- History Timeline Figures with Ancient History Folder Instructions
- Classic Poems Collection
- Healthy Conversations Checklist: A guide for teaching personal development, health and physical education.
- Art Appreciation Course: Provided free with subscription
- Music Appreciation Course: Provided free with subscription
- And a few other bits and bobs including video links and suggested enrichment activities.
What Isn’t Provided
We don’t provide a math program but we’ve got some suggestions, so you can pick a resource that suits your child’s style and ability.
Foreign language lessons are also at your own discretion but we’ll give you some tips.
Download Course Outline
We’ve put a comprehensive outlines and weekly lesson sample guide for you to download and read.
Year Two Details
Our aim was to find a good balance between Charlotte Mason’s ideas and the registration requirements of a modern day Australian curriculum.
Efficient planning means that we’ve streamlined lessons to give your child a rich learning experience without making you feel guilty or overloaded. This means you’ll still have time to go on delight directed learning adventures.
36 Week Cycle
Our Year Two programs is set out in a 4 term/36 week cycle that can be spread over 3 to 4 days (10 – 14 hours per week). To give you some breathing space, we’ve allocated the last week of each term to: special projects, catch-up lessons and assessments.
But you as the homeschooling parent you can pace your child’s learning according to their abilities and needs.
Keeping track of your progress is also easy with our weekly schedules available in an online or printable format.
Registration is made simple with our Yearly Planning Template and detailed Scope and Sequence.
We also provide certificates and portfolio prompts that will make documentation and continued registration a cinch.
At the end of each term there is a downloadable report of work achieved over the term. Parents add comments and assessments of their child’s progress in each area of learning.
Note: Some families are finding this course a good core for teaching mutiple children because it is the beginning of the history cycle. However, our Year 2 Scope and Sequence and Registration Guide will only cover Year Two.
Online Learning Platform
One of the most exciting features of My Homeschool is the online learning platform we are using. You can access your course from your PC, Mac, Tablet or even your phone.
Moodle is an Australian designed software that is used by many school, universities, colleges and educational institutions around the world. My Homeschool has been built on this platform. You can download an app for your smart phone or iPhone and that means your whole course is at your fingertips. This is great for getting organised and learning on the go.
Since this is a literature rich course we need you to buy or borrow some living books.
A few of these resources are available as free online versions – as indicated with an asterisk (*).
Most of the Australian picture books will also be found at a local library.
These items are not provided but are needed for the course. It is estimated these will cost less than $200 in total.
Additional Books and Resources
- *Own choice math curriculum
- Child’s History of the World by Hillyer (also used Year 2 – 4)
- The Wonderland of Nature by Nuri Mass (also used Years 1-3)
- Tirzah by Lucile Travis
- Pyramids by David Macaulay
- *Greek Tales (there are many versions to be found at a library).
- Walking with the Seasons in Kakadu by Diane Lucas
- *Dot and the Kangaroo by Ethel Pedley
- *Big Rain Coming by Katrina Germein
- *All through the Year by Jane Goodwin
- My Farm by Alison Lester
- *Flood by Jackie French
- Fire by Jackie French
- Bilby Moon by Margaret Spurling
- *Isabella’s Garden by Glenda Millard (Also used in K/Foundation)
- Stationery supplies.
Non Member’s Price
Year Two Price: $380 plus $15 per month membership subscription
Course membership is activated once you purchase your first course; the initial course price includes your monthly membership subscription fee. Membership remains active as long as you stay subscribed. It gives you access to the My Homeschool Learning Platform the curriculum course you purchased and our enrichment courses. The membership can only be used for the family subscribed. The membership may not be used for non-family members.
You only need to purchase one course at this price.
Membership Year Two Price: $380 once off payment.
After you become a member you are entitled to purchase additional courses without the additional subscription fee. Links to subscription free course are only accessed from within the My Homeschool Learning Platform. Discounted course links can be accessed from the home page after logging in.
This is a once of price that gives you access to the course for as long as your subscription remains current.
Family Time, Oral Narrations and Read Alouds
- Own Choice scripture and family devotional
- Read A Book for Kids: Charming Gentleman, The Baker
- Novel: Dot and the Kangaroo: Chapter 1
- Ancient History Makers: Lesson 1: Creation – Genesis 1:1–2:4a. or Setting the Stage.
- Composer Study
- Picture Study Rotation
On Your Own Subjects
- Primary Language Lessons 2 – Week 1. Then follow corresponding week
- Handwriting: Aesop’s Fables p. 6-8 or Scripture Copywork 2 per week
- Own Choice Math Curriculum (We’ve given suggestions in your guide)
- Earth Science Conversations: Weather Lesson 1
- Own Reader
Map Work and Notebooking Activities
- Timeline Folder: Creation Timeline Figure
- Draw an imaginary map of the Garden of Eden
- Classic Read Aloud
- Free Reading /library visit
- Nature Walk
- Sports Activity
- Music Lesson Practice
- Listen to term composer
- Foreign Language Lesson
Print off Mary MacKillop template pages and complete Mary MacKillop Lapbook during the week.
Assessment and Review
Collect samples of work for portfolio. (For Queensland students follow the HEU guidelines. I suggest a writing example from Primary Language Lessons 2, a math sample with fully worked out problem, a photo of the timeline in its current state and a page from their history notebook).
Look through Healthy Conversations checklist to see if you can check off any topics.
Catch up on any unfinished work.
Print off Term 2 Report (provided by My Homeschool). Look over child’s work and write an assessment of their progress—refer to each subject and record any extra curricula activities that you did this term. Place term report in portfolio.
Record child’s own reading in book log.
Check you have all the books needed for next term.
- Flood by Jackie French – Week 22
- Fire by Jackie French – Week 24
- Select a few books for child’s own reading Term Three.
It’s Not School At Home
Family learning time is the heart of our Year Two program. This is not just a convenience, it is a rich time when the family gather to share in their learning journey together. It’s a bonding time. It may be just one child or you may have a few children you teach at the same time.
This program has been written by experienced home educators and we understand what it’s like to teach a few children at the same time! Find out more about us.
Children of the ages 7 and 8 are becoming more confident in their reading, they can do some work on their own, they’re still great at asking questions and observing. We want to help you make these natural tendencies part of their learning experience.
A Literature Rich Curriculum Full Of Ideas
An idea is a living thing of the mind. It strikes, seizes and catches hold of us. Ideas form the basis of our inspiration. An idea can possess us. Without ideas education is dull. For that reason, we aren’t keen on worksheets, textbooks or comprehension tests. We’d rather you take your child on a learning journey.
At My Homeschool we want to use living literature, nature study, music and art as an instrument for nourshing your child’s mind. We don’t just care about following the Australian Curriculum (or a state syllabus), we also care about giving your child a rich education full of vitality and noble thoughts.
The mind “is nourished on ideas and absorbs facts only as they hang connected with the living ideas upon which they hang. Children educated upon some such lines as these respond in a surprising way, developing capacity, character, countenance, initiative and a sense of responsibility…The mind feeds on ideas and therefore children should have a generous curriculum.” Charlotte Mason
A Classical, Charlotte Mason inspired approach to learning is the philosophy behind our program. We help you tick the curriculum box and give your child a living education.
Your Year Two Little Scholars Will:
- Hear and read classic literature from Australia and around the world.
- Practice handwriting using copywork from Aesop’s Fables.
- Start or continue learning simple narration, grammar and writing skills.
- Begin world history from Creation to Alexander the Great and make their own timeline.
- Science and Geography will include guided conversation, mapping, nature study and award winning picture books.
“He must be accustomed to ask why — Why does the wind blow? Why does the river flow? Why is a leaf-bud sticky? And do not hurry to answer his questions for him; let him think his difficulties out so far as his small experience will carry him.” Charlotte Mason
- Have short, consistent lesson time in the mornings, leaving afternoons free for natural learning and play. You can also get some of your jobs done.
- Making discoveries through hands-on activities and art projects.
- Learning about great artists and musicians.
Should I Skip History?
Unfortunately, the Australian Curriculum doesn’t teach any world history in primary school. However, we know children this age love this topic – the stories are epic – and history is fundamental to a Charlotte Mason education. So we’ve made our history studies include other skills and content required within the Australian Curriculum. For example, we teach about “Built Environments” through pyramid architecture, comprehension is done while narrating history (telling back what was read to them), the past and present is seen in context of a timeline, significant Australian’s are studied within the context of history, and classic Greek literature is our copywork, historical fiction is used for our literature readings.
For those of you who don’t want to teach history using the Bible stories of Genesis (used in Term One) we offer you a secular alternative from Van Loon’s, Story of Mankind.
This is the My Homeschool cycle for history studies:
- Ancient History—Year 2
- Ancient to Early Middle Ages—Year 3
- Late Middle Ages/Early Australian History—Year 4
- Australian History Overview—Year 5
- Modern Australian and World History —Year 6
Is Your Child Ready For this Course?
Children in this grade are usually around 7 or 8 years old. They are able to write a sentence and are growing in their reading ability. They may be able to read a short chapter book.
Some families are finding this course a good core for teaching mutiple children because it is the beginning of the history cycle. If you do this you still need to supplement your other children with appropriate age and skill based resources.