Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Second Grade planning

So....we're changing gears again.

Thankfully it's only January and we're not scheduled to finish first grade until sometime in April.

Jasmine had requested a science focus for next year.
No, that's not completely true. She asked that the only thing we do next year was science.

Thankfully, her favorite part of science is my reading to her. So though I am making plans for more activities and experiments, I know the primary requirement is good books. I can do books!

I've decided to go through history, starting with the Biblical account of creation, and through to modern history, and we'll cover things as they were discovered/invented. So we'll cover gravity when we learn about Isaac Newton.
It means making a lot of decisions...do we cover astonomy when we do ancient Greece, with Aristarchus, or do we wait until we get to Copernicus?? I haven't yet figured that part out, but I did find an awesome book that may help steer me:   I just got notification that it's been shipped. I can't wait to look through it and see how much it steers things.

Our main book is going to be the Usborne Internet-Linked Science Encyclopedia (Usborne Encyclopedia).

I've also found a couple books for next to nothing (love buying used books!!) with tons of fun child-friendly experiments. I think we should have a fun year!!


  1. Sounds like fun! We're going to be using Apologia Science Exploring Creation with Astronomy. I'm looking forward to it! AND I'm really looking forward to having a History focus next year. We've had fun with Animals, but I LOVE history. :)

  2. That looks great!! I'm glad I didn't see that yesterday or it might have complicated our plans that much MORE!! But it looks great!
    I love history, too, which is why I'm figuring out a way to incorporate it still. Well, that and it makes it easier to fill out the ridiculous forms I have to do for NYS!!