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: 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, learning 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 word and ask your child to spell it out loud. Next, say the words and have

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.

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)


(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)


Right Start Math

While RS Math is far superior to any other math program we have tried or reviewed, some prefer free downloadable resources. First-Lessons in Arithmetic, Jones Bros., 1878, is a nice alternative. It can be used for Years 1-4.

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