In year 2 many children are reading fluently, while some are just beginning. Be patient, since learning to read is the most important part of a child's education. Mother may need to read many of the books aloud or read with the child switching back and forth between paragraphs. This stage will not last forever, so enjoy it while it does. Children need Mother like this for such a short time; it’s a time to cherish. Use the library where possible. There are many links for free downloads and other resources.

Narration is the chosen method of assessment until our young adults begin taking CLEP tests in high school. A child narrates what they read and what is read to them. Narration is simply telling back what is read; until age 9 or 10 it is orally dictated to Mother. Sometimes she records these in writing for the child to illustrate and copy (after perfect penmanship is achieved). Remember, different people find different things interesting or important. As long as the child remembers something, this is enough. Try not to prompt the narration too much. It takes a little time to develop the skill of narration. However slowly it takes to acquire, the skill develops in the child a concise articulation not found in children who do work books and multiple choice quizzes for assessment. Comprehension in publicly schooled children is often lacking. Because we ask them to tell back the interesting and important parts of each reading, narration negates this problem. Be patient with the child's process. Not only will this child eventually be a better writer and thinker because of narration, he will be a great public speaker and conversationalist, skills highly lacking in US youth.

If the child is not yet reading or didn’t learn phonics, spend a couple months with Phonics instruction as recommended below. If a child cannot read, independence will never come and education/intellect will be thwarted. AlphaPhonics is simple, quick, and effective for reading, writing, and spelling. Better to begin year 2 a bit later than to push ahead without these skills.

Phonics/Spelling/Penmanship: One of the most important skills our children must acquire is learning how to learn by reading. When this is in place, all 4 r’s may be learned. People argue that home schooling doesn’t prepare children for the ‘real’ world. Au contraire mon ami, after leaving college most information is learned by reading manuals and books and so forth--that is unless you allow TV documentary propagandists to spoon feed you revisionist history and psuedo-science. We by-pass the need for lecturing by teaching our children to be independent readers even if we all read together, round-robin style to facilitate group discussions. Thus, we teach them ‘real’ world skills from the get-go.

Even if the child can already read, teach reading writing, and spelling with Alpha-Phonics (or How to Tutor) and Achieving Perfect Handwriting. Almost like magic, the rules of phonics (and the exceptions) produces a great speller. Since AP contains over 3,500 words, a separate spelling program isn't necessary. Likely, you won’t find another spelling program for 1st/2nd grade that includes 3500 words. When a child concludes AP, he is well on his way to being a good speller with an excellent hand not to mention an excellent reader. Additionally, it prepares the child for formal copywork/dictation that will be used once he is ready for Milestones: English Language Lessons for the LDS Child. AP dictation is both oral and written and reinforces phonics rules (and exceptions). After each short reading lesson, say each work and ask your child to spell them out loud. Next, say the words and ask your student write the words in cursive (if they are to the point of perfect penmanship--if not oral spelling is enough--audio/video record some of these sessions if proof is needed). When errors are made, immediately show the correct spelling and ask the child to study this word with your written model as directed in the MELL appendix for spelling. This exercise, only takes a few minutes for each lesson. The problem words take a couple more minutes. Knowing and applying all the rules (and exceptions) to the phonetic code, a person of any age can only improve their reading and spelling. Only after completing AP should the child begin formal dictation or copywork found in BlastOff and MELL.

Bob Books

If the pace of AlphaPhonics is too fast or the child needs more practice before going on, Explode the Code 1-8 might be added for more practice. If this is still too fast, Explode the code half books are good. I once tutored a developmentally delayed 12-year-old girl simultaneously with a slightly delayed 13-year-old young man. While the young man zipped through AP, the girl was lost. With her I  used AP in conjunction with Explode the Code and MCP Phonics readers. To make sure the young man really was getting it, we did lots of narrations of the Year 1 books he read as well as all the Beyond the Code books.

My older children used Phonics Readers by Modern Curriculum Press. Our tub of MCP phonics readers probably had 100 little friendly books. When my youngers came along, the books were all worn out and Bob Books were all the rage. I forgot about MCPPR until one five-year-old grandson refused to read BB; he said they were stupid. I sent him the series, and he's reading happily now. His mother remembers them fondly now that she's been reminded of them. They are suitable for anybody learning to read. I've been incorporating them into my tutoring sessions with older youngsters with AlphaPhonics. I've heard some people spreading the sets out over 2-3 years. There is no need to drag it out like that. In only a few months, an average child of 4-6 or remedial older child can get through all the various levels in the set and AP. Then the trick is to find suitable, level-appropriate, non-dumbed down books for them. Happy reading. Happy searching. Teaching your child to read, you create bonding memories and have great fun. Just remember to NEVER get frustrated with the child's pace. You'll only slow down the process if you do.

Scripture Study:

School Devotional


Polite Moments by Gary Maldaner-RA

A Story to Tell edited by Deseret Book is another option.

Grammar/Memorization/Copywork (penmanship)/Dictation (spelling) Schedule does not reflect this change.

If the child isn’t a fluent reader or writer, refer to phonics section in Year 1.

Grammarland by Nesbitt

(See Family Devotionals for Mem/CW/DT)

Poetry: how to here

*Child's Garden of Verses by Robert Louis Stevenson (Memorize one or two this term.) 

**When We Were Very Young by A.A. Milne (Memorize one or two this term.)

***Oxford Book of Children's Verse by Iona and Peter Opie (Memorize one or two this term.)


See Family Devotionals page for ideas on memorization.

*1 Corinthians 13:1-4, one poem from Child's Garden of Verses

**1 Corinthians 13:5-9, one poem from When We Were Very Young

***1 Corinthians 13:10-13, one poem from Oxford Book of Children's Verse

School Motto (see link above)

Read Aloud Literature:

The Pilgrim's Progress: Book I, Christian's Journey (audio book) (The Pilgrim's Progress in Words of One Syllable), Life of Fred: Dogs, Edgewood, Farming


(For beginning readers, use fewer of these selections and spread them out a bit more)

*Understood Betsy by Dorothy Canfield Fisher (dl here)

*Five Little Peppers and How They Grew by Margaret Sidney (dl here)

*Charlotte's Web E.B. White

**The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame (dl here)

**A Bear Called Paddington by Michael Bond

**The Story of Doctor Doolittle by Hugh Lofting (dl here)

***Stewart Little by E.B. White

***Choose a book from the additional selections list below. Schedule doesn’t reflect this change.

***Just David by Eleanor Porter (dl here) or Pollyanna by Eleanor Porter (dl here)

Additional Literature Selections:

Pied Piper of Hamlin by Robert Browning

Hans Christian Andersen fairy tales

Farmer Boy by Laura Ingalls Wilder

Homer Price by Robert McCloskey

Sarah Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan

Skylark by Patricia MacLachlan

American History:

A Child’s History of America by Josephine Pollard

A Child's History of the Life of George Washington by Josephine Pollard

World History:

Family History Rotation (see schedule here)

*Thirty More Famous Stories Retold by James Baldwin RA (dl here)

** ***Fifty Famous People James Baldwin RA (dl here)


Tree in the Trail by Holing C. Holling

Seabird by Holling C. Holling

Draw maps for world and U.S. history studies

Natural History and Science:

Keep a Nature Notebook

Wild Days (Used years 1-12)

* **Burgess Bird Book for Children by Thornton Burgess (dl here)


Christian Nature Reader Books 2 & 3

Family Science Rotation (how to here)


The preferred resource is RightStart Math. A less teacher intensive approach, Right Start Math Games, Activities for AL Abucus +worksheet book, and Kumon Math workbooks provides concrete to conceptual manipulative with rote arithmetic learning system--this is what I used to tutor many struggling children and youth, as it encompasses right and left brains. Since studying to be a Kumon instructor and Montessori teacher, I understand the wisdom in combining these right and left brain methods. When tutoring two developmentally delayed youth, RS didn’t work. So I discovered a few new resource including the multiplication matrix. To bring joyfulness into the study of math for these two children, I added Life of Fred and Math Lessons for a Living Education. Now I suggest RS OR MLLE as the core with Kumon Math workbooks as a memorization tool and LOF as a read aloud resource or part of the youngster’s independent reading schedule. A popular free math resource is First Lessons in Arithmetic (elementary).

Foreign Language:

How to Here

Artistic Expression:

Drawing Textbook

Musical Expression:

Suzuki violin, voice, and piano (possible how to here)

Art Appreciation:

more art folders from years 0 & 1

or Family Picture Study

Music Appreciation:

See Family Music in the curriculum section.

Physical Education:

Spend at least 2 hours per day outdoors, bundle up if necessary.

run, skip, gallop, throw and catch a ball

Healthy Body Habit


Help in house and garden.

Learn to bake the family's bread, rolls, bread sticks, and muffins.

Sew on buttons.

Hem pants and napkins.

Origami Fun Kit for Beginners by Dover

Milestones Academy Year 2 Booklist