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.
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.
The Finer Details – My Homeschool Year Two Course
Look through the tabs below to find out more.
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 enrichement activlites
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.
Full Course Costs
- My Homeschool Subscription $6 per month with a $30 sign up fee.
- Year Two Course Cost $400 – one off price as long as your subscription remains current
- Some additional resources will need to be purchased independently of this course.
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.
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 learning on the go.
Watch this video to see how this new platform works.
Video Explanations – How To Organise Your Course
These videos will give you an idea of how you can organise your course and how the learning platform works. This uses our Year 3 course as an example course.
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.
I just wanted to say thank you for all the effort that’s been put into My Homeschool! I had my AP visit yesterday and it went great! He’s giving me 12 months registration and said if he comes next year and I’m still using the My Homeschool curriculum then he’ll give two years, even for my kindy child who’ll be a new registration. Thank you so much for helping make this transition to homeschooling so much easier and providing such detailed documents. I’m truly grateful!
Jes – Home Educator in NSW teaching multiple grades using My Homeschool Year 2
I really like the links within the weekly lesson plans. While I love having a book in my hands, it is great if we are out or I don’t have the resource close by, to be able to click on it and use it. My son also likes to click on them and have a perusal before we start. For him it’s not hard to find what we are doing for the week as it is mostly all there laid out.
We are absolutely loving Dot & the Kangaroo!! what a gorgeous story, my children are captivated!!
Really loving A Book for Kids poetry. Puts a smile on our faces.
I am using it to teach 2 children. The only reason I am finding the workload heavy is because I have a 3-month-old. He hasn’t been well (silent reflux), so trying to fit everything in when I have a sick baby has been hard. I have chosen to purchase a course for my younger and give my eldest extension type work. This seems to be working so far. I am loving that I can teach them together, as it feels more like “family learning” rather than “school learning” to me. We are doing it together!!
Emily – Home Educator in Tasmania teaching multiple grades using My Homeschool Year 2
Wait for your My Homeschool Learning Platform email. This may take a few days but we try to do it within 24 hours. We have to manually enter your details into the course.
Note: You will get a WordPress User Account email shortly after you subscribe. This is a payment account for your subscription not for your My Homeschool Moodle Account.
Once you have logged into the My Homeschool Learning Platform – Moodle, you can pay for the course you wish to purchase within the Moodle My Homeschool platform. Then you will have instant access.