New 2nd Grade Curriculum

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What’s New And Revised In 2nd Grade?

Because of your great feedback on the new Grade 1 products, we followed through with the same complete revision of Grade 2. This means that the higher-level thinking skills your first grader developed will be further honed this year.

No subject is untouched—Language Arts, Arithmetic, History, Science/Health, Art, and Bible. We kept what was great and added enhancements to make it even better.

Here’s just a glimpse of what’s new. When you look at the curriculum in person, you’ll see even more!

New Concepts & Applications

Phonics/Language

Coordinated with thorough instruction in phonics, the foundational grammar concepts of nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, word usage, and sentence analysis are now introduced in an age-appropriate way in second grade. Plus, there’s new application of concepts, including dictated phonics application.

Reading

You’ll see new story content in readers still arranged by phonetic progression and with an introduction to literary terms (like plot or setting). New enrichment activities include Venn diagrams, character webs, creative writing, and drawing. Higher-level thinking questions are included with answers that incorporate Scripture where naturally applicable to help develop a biblical worldview.

Arithmetic

Coordinated with a foundation of essential facts, arithmetic introduces estimation, rounding, metric measures, fractions, and exercises on determining change. Second grade takes the basics from first grade and continues to build on them, applying knowledge on a higher level.

Spelling

Spelling offers a new arrangement of word lists, new application activities, and a phonetic progression of difficulty in the spelling lists.

New Themes

Learning is an exciting journey! In language and arithmetic, your child will explore four fun and educational themes:

  • pond (learning about all its fascinating creatures),
  • travel around the world (with facts unique to countries),
  • jungle (spotlighting seven jungles throughout the world), and
  • camping (with a national park emphasis).

The themes introduce fun facts, inspire curiosity, create connections between subjects, and instill love for God’s creation.

New Materials, Teaching Helps, & Pacing

Materials

You’ll see a new book— Reading Comprehension 2— for building comprehension and test-taking skills.

My New Name is a brand-new novel. It’s the story of Leo, a boy living in a children’s home who learns about God’s love and the gift of salvation.

Phonics and language are now in one book (having classwork on one side and independent work on the other).

In the new History, Science, and Health 2 Activity Book, you’ll have application opportunities to coordinate with daily lessons.

Teaching Helps

We’ve taken helpful teacher materials and added tips for meeting your child’s individual needs.

 

  • In each one, you’ll see additional higher-level thinking questions, learning activities, and teaching tips.
  • In arithmetic and phonics/language, you’ll also see steps that walk you through teaching and ways to encourage and challenge children at different learning levels.
  • In science, health, and history, you’ll also see additional facts and comprehension questions, vocabulary with age-appropriate explanations, hands-on activities, and creative writing opportunities.

Charts, games, and other teaching aids are all new and revised to complete the exciting second grade upgrade.

Pacing

Flexible pacing options in reading allow you to adjust reading lessons to meet your child’s needs.

In writing, there’s new pacing for appropriate cursive formation mastery with an emphasis on creative writing using the writing process.

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New & Revised— Grade 2 Products

Phonics/Language

Handbook for Reading

Handbook for Reading Teacher Edition

Phonics and Language 2

Phonics and Language 2 Teacher Key

Phonics and Language 2 Test Book

Phonics and Language 2 Test Key

Teaching Aids

Basic Phonics Charts

Basic Phonics Flashcards

Basic Phonics Sounds CD

Miniature Alphabet Flashcards

Blend Practice Cards A

Blend Practice Cards B

Clue Word Cards

Writing

Writing with Phonics 2

2nd Grade Writing Tablet

 Teaching Aids

Cursive Formation Flashcards

Homeschool Seatwork Charts

Spelling

Spelling and Poetry 2

Spelling and Poetry 2 Teacher Edition

Reading

Fun with Friends

Quests for Adventure

Across the Meadow

Wonders of Imagination

Through the Skies

Growing Up in Early America

Growing Up around the World

Growing Up Where Jesus Lived

All Kinds of Animals

My New Name

Reading Comprehension 2 Skill Sheets

Reading Comprehension 2 Skill Sheets Parent Edition

Primary Bible Reader

Reading 2 Answer Key with Literary Development and Enrichment Activities

Arithmetic

Arithmetic 2

Arithmetic 2 Teacher Key

Arithmetic 2 Tests and Speed Drills

Arithmetic 2 Tests and Speed Drills Key

 Teaching Aids

Arithmetic 1–2 Concept Cards

Homeschool Arithmetic 2 Charts and Games

Homeschool Arithmetic 1–2 Tables and Facts Charts

Homeschool Numbers Flashcards

History/Science/Health

Our America

Enjoying God’s World

Health, Safety, and Manners 2

History, Science, and Health 2 Answer Key

History, Science, and Health 2 Activity Book

History, Science, and Health 2 Activity Book Teacher Key

 Teaching Aids

Homeschool History, Science, and Health 2 Teaching Charts

Art

Art Projects 2

Music

Songs We Enjoy 2

Songs We Enjoy 2 CD

Bible

Moses in Egypt Flash-a-Card Bible Stories

Journey to Sinai Flash-a-Card Bible Stories

Journey through the Wilderness Flash-a-Card Bible Stories

Joshua Flash-a-Card Bible Stories

Judges Flash-a-Card Bible Stories

Ruth Flash-a-Card Bible Stories

Jonah Flash-a-Card Bible Stories

Favorite Bible Stories 1

Favorite Bible Stories 2

Curriculum Lesson Plans

Homeschool Language Arts 2

Homeschool Arithmetic 2

Homeschool History, Science, Health 2

Homeschool Grade 2 Bible

Feedback Welcome!

Your input is a valuable part of our development process. Please let us know what you think! E-mail editor@abeka.com with what you like—or what you’d like to see.

NOTE: The above is reprinted from our 2018-2019 Homeschool Catalog. To get a closer look at these products, visit our website.

Comments for New 2nd Grade Curriculum

Lenette Eveleth:
June 26, 2018

I taught Abeka Second Grade for some years so it will be interesting to see the changes. I love the curriculum. The only thing that was a struggle in first grade was that at the end of the year so many new math families were added so quickly. It was a bit overwhelming. Looking forward to seeing how these are mastered.

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Turisno_Abume:
August 9, 2019

We use Abeka and actually enjoy it, but I don’t use every single piece. I don’t understand when people think it’s all or nothing. We use only Abeka through d grade, but pretty much only the math, phonics, and grammar books. In third grade-fifth we change the literature and history (but still don’t do every single book, like the Reading Comprehension, and sometimes we skip handwriting altogether. Sometimes we do IEW’s spelling, but usually do Abeka because I like the poetry.) We usually do Abeka science. Sometimes we don’t science at all, but my kids do enjoy it, especially the h grade. I like Abeka math through middle school, but we sometimes do other curriculums to lighten the load. I love Abeka grammar all the way through but don’t feel the need to do it every single year. There’s other curriculums I enjoy adding to the mix.

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Womenos:
August 11, 2019

We use Abeka and actually enjoy it, but I don’t use every single piece. I don’t understand when people think it’s all or nothing. We use only Abeka through d grade, but pretty much only the math, phonics, and grammar books. In third grade-fifth we change the literature and history (but still don’t do every single book, like the Reading Comprehension, and sometimes we skip handwriting altogether. Sometimes we do IEW’s spelling, but usually do Abeka because I like the poetry.) We usually do Abeka science. Sometimes we don’t science at all, but my kids do enjoy it, especially the h grade. I like Abeka math through middle school, but we sometimes do other curriculums to lighten the load. I love Abeka grammar all the way through but don’t feel the need to do it every single year. There’s other curriculums I enjoy adding to the mix.

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Lapoof.com:
September 10, 2019

I was a homeschool teacher for my church back in the 80 s and 90 s and I thought Abeka Curriculum was absolutely awesome. My children excelled. I had kindergarteners learning with ease d grade material.

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Ruthely Escobar:
June 26, 2018

My girl is going to start her second semester of 2nd grade. I wonder if there is something, from the new materials, for the second semester that will be a good addition?
Pleas help!

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Abeka Admin:
June 26, 2018

Hi Ruthely, if you already have your 2nd grade materials you have everything you need for the school year!

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Krystal Althom:
June 26, 2018

My kids do the video series and I have the 2nd grade DVD set which I just purchased in January of 2017. My daughter just finished itfor the 2017-2018 school year. Will I need to buy a whole new set of DVDs for my son who will start 2nd grade in the fall of 2019? I am assuming the new work books and video manual will not correspond with the old DVD set.

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Abeka Admin:
June 27, 2018

Hi Krystal, the dvd's are leased to you when you purchase the program. You will need to return your current dvd's, and purchase the new updated materials for your upcoming student.

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KIM:
June 27, 2018

Are the DVDs for the new materials updated or is it new materials with the same teaching lessons used this past school year from Mrs. Chappell?

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Abeka Admin:
June 27, 2018

Hi Kim, Our 2nd grade materials have been completely redone, and the video lessons were updated as well!

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Robyn:
June 28, 2018

Is the release date to us still August 7 or will we get it sooner now?

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Abeka Admin:
June 28, 2018

Hi Robyn, the release date is still in August, and we are working to get it out to you as soon as we can!

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Rachel:
June 28, 2018

So it appears that nothing I have will carry over, and i will have to buy completely new materials to to bottom for my next child?
Is there any way to be warned of this the year before a curriculum update? I would have much preferred to buy extra copies of the old material to keep on the shelf for my younger children. Its a big difference in cost between thinking you'll just have to buy a couple of workbooks, to find out that you need new teacher plans, keys, and test books as will!

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Abeka Admin:
June 28, 2018

Hi Rachel, The old student book materials are actually available for purchase right now until we sell out!

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Dorothy:
June 29, 2018

I just watched the new sample videos and I am so thankful you used Mrs. Chappell again. My daughter just finished 2nd grade and loved her videos. Now my son will also get to enjoy this wonderful teacher with updated videos and material. Thank you!

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Angel:
June 29, 2018

I am new to homeschooling and am thinking of using Abeka. Is this 2nd grade package all I'll need for the year?

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Abeka Admin:
June 29, 2018

Hi Angel, yes it is! The 2nd grade tuition and books enrollment will come with all your student materials and video lessons for the full year!

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E Dodes:
July 5, 2018

First, I encourage you to consider creating a 2nd grade Bible Activity Book. My son was disappointed that 2nd grade curriculum did not have one.

Second, while I have enjoyed using the abeka in the past, I am very concerned about the recent email I received from you that stated our 2nd grade curriculum would not be ready until October. You should have shared this information before I placed my order in June so that I had the option of picking another 2nd grade program. This is not an acceptable way to start the beginning of the school year. I am sure it will be well organized, but you should have started working on this curriculum earlier. I hope you take this into account for your future curriculum so that you do not cause this issue for future parents.

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Abeka Admin:
July 5, 2018

Hi, we are working to get those items out to our customers as quickly as possible, and are making adjustments now to work to avoid this issue in the future.

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Theola Harper:
July 30, 2018

Hi my daughter is going to grade 3 now could send the new package

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Abeka Admin:
July 30, 2018

Hi Theola, we have not updated our 3rd grade materials for homeschool yet.

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Kristy:
August 15, 2018

I placed my 2nd grade order in March 2018. So you are saying that all these new updates are not in there? If so, how do I get the updated version and how soon can I get it? I am about to start my 2nd grader next week but I have not opened any of the curriculum.

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Abeka Admin:
August 15, 2018

Hi Kristy, If you ordered the revised materials they would look just like the pictures in the post. IF you have the older materials you will just need to contact our office to get those items returned.

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All games for boys:
February 20, 2019

First, I encourage you to consider creating a 2nd grade Bible Activity Book

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Laurie:
July 9, 2020

How do we teach Bible when buying the Full-Grade Book Kits. It looks like there is no Bible Activity Book or Curriculum Lesson Plans. So, it's not really Full-Grade unless we buy the Bible kit for $119.80? Also, we would have to add Art Projects for $16.05 to actually be the complete Full-Grade? Is there anything else missing or listed as optional for the Full-Grade Kit? Thanks

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Abeka Admin:
July 14, 2020

The video program kits come with everything needed including Bible and Art. However, the parent-led kit does not include Bible or Art since it is optional.

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