Fall 2011 (2nd)

Great Fun Children’s School
(c/o Connecting Waters Charter School independent home study program)

Fall 2011 Curriculum
Second Grade

Primary goal: create a nourishing homeschool environment in which joyfulness, self-governance, and a relaxed playful childhood can flourish.


StudyIsland.com, 3rd grade level.
Daily books-on-tape (cd): Princess Cimorene series (Enchanted Forest Chronicles) by Patricia Wrede,  The Land of Silver Apples by Nancy Farmer, Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan, and others.
Spectrum Writing workbook, Grade 1 level.

Didax Multiplication Success with Algebra
by Jen Rubera, p.1-44.
Singapore Math, Standards Edition,3A
, 3B.
StudyIsland.com, 3rd grade level.
Berkeley Math Circle, Elementary II, one hour/week.
Chess class with Berkeley Chess School teacher (at UC Village), 1x/week.

History & Geography
Story of the World, Volume II: The Middle Ages,
by Susan Wise Bauer, chapters 19-29, with supplements.

Real Science 4 Kids, by Rebecca Keller of Gravitas Publications. Chemistry, Biology, and Physics, “Pre-Level One” (K-4) books.
Marine Biology class with Max V. and Alameda Oakland Home Learners, 1x/wk.

Foreign Language
Mandarin Chinese: learning and writing characters. Daily practice w Mom.
Weekly class with Jennifer Briffa (Intermediate, 7-11yo class)

Art History with Tanya D of East Hills 4-H homeschool group. 1x/mo. Also Origami with 4-H, 1x/mo.
What Your Second Grader Needs to Know, Rev. Ed,
by E.D. Hirsch, Jr., section “III: Visual Arts”.

Values, Religion, & Character
Jewish, Christian, Humanist, Pagan, and Chinese traditions.
Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists Chochmat Halev. Church Without Walls.

Phys Ed
Gymnastics  at UC Village Rec Center, 1x/wk.
Soccer with Berkeley-Albany Soccer Club, 3x/wek.

Friends! Attachment parenting. Classes and group activities, structured and unstructured, same-age and multi-age. Weekly Park Day with SFBUN at local playgrounds. Girl Scouts (Brownie).   East Hills 4-H.