Monday, July 6

Second Grade Homeschool Curriculum

Another homeschool year is rapidly approaching and we are excited! I am incorporating a few new subjects into our 2nd grade year. I have shared what we used for first grade HERE and if you would like to see this year's 2nd grade choices, keep on reading! 

2nd Grade Homeschool Curriculum - TheDailyAprilnAva

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The bulk of our school year falls under 4 main subjects, Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies. Under these main subjects there are more specific subjects that we learn. Everything that we are using and have used will be in my Amazon Store. I am also linking what I can in this post, the pictures are clickable so feel free to learn more about everything listed! 

 

Language Arts - This year we will be focusing heavily on more advanced reading and spelling. We will also be working on grammar, creative writing, and reading fun chapter books. 
3. McGraw Hill Reading book 1, book 2, and workbook

   

Math - We are keeping math simple this year. I have found a great textbook to guide us through new topics and we will also work on memorizing math facts.
1. McGraw Hill Math second grade volume 1 and volume 2.


           

Science and Social Studies - I'm going back to what worked well for us last year which is Fusion Science. Fusion Science is a textbook, workbook combo. It gives the just the right amount of information combined with questions, projects and colorful pages. This year I am also incorporating a new social studies curriculum, Social Studies People and Places


         

Extras - This homeschool year will look majorly different that previous years. I've decided to incorporate more projects and activities to keep us engaged and to keep learning fun. We are learning how to play the recorder, a classic elementary school instrument. We will also be learning some coding, putting together circuit boards, and doing a few art and STEM projects. 

2nd Grade Homeschool Curriculum - TheDailyAprilnAva

We will also have backyard school days, park school days, nature walks, pretend play days, Kindle binge reading days, and days where we do nothing at all. As always I will be sharing our days on my Instagram and you can chat with me as well over there. Are you planning to homeschool this year? Have you begun to look for homeschool curriculum? Lets me know in the comments and I'll see you on my next post! 

April K.
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Monday, June 29

5 Things Every Homeschool Family Needs

Since officially starting our homeschool journey almost a year ago, I have quickly realized a few things that are must haves in my life. Along with being organized and having a flexible attitude and schedule. these things will greatly improve your homeschool days. Have a look below at what I am recommending for every homeschool family.
5 Things Every Homeschool Family Needs
1. Museum memberships - Museum memberships are a homeschool mom's, even a stay at home mom's, best friend! A membership to various museums in your city will almost always save you money and time. We use our museum memberships regularly, and I especially like the memberships that also have adult events. HERE, I have shared the best museum memberships for kids in Atlanta.

2. Library event schedules - The library is one of your best resources for homeschooling. There are tons of free (obvi lol) books, computers, printing, audio and digital media, but mostly, library events and programs. We attend local library events all the time! I just go on the library website, look at the event calendar, and write down the events in my planner to attend. We have gone to storytimes with free new books, summer reading festivals, and even family yoga classes. So if you haven't checked out the programs at your local library, I suggest doing so soon. And best of all, library events are free to attend!

3. Homeschool friends - Yes, every homeschool family needs homeschool friends! Friends not only for the children, but for the moms as well. You can meet and make friends with other homeschool families out in public, as well making friends through the internet. We met most of our homeschool friends through Facebook group meetups. Some were general mom groups and some were specifically for homeschoolers. However you decide to meet homeschool friends, be sure to keep in touch with with your new social circle. HERE are some other tips for finding and keeping homeschool friends.

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4. Amazon Prime Membership - Try Amazon Prime 30-Day Free Trial This may be a given. Every family, whether they homeschool or not should have Amazon Prime. Two day shipping, grocery delivery, music, videos, curriculum, pencils, paint, basically everything that you need for your home and homeschool at your fingertips. I've literally had Amazon Prime since 2005 when I was ordering college textbooks, so I am a true fan.

5. Amazon Kindle Fire HD - This powerful little e-reader is the best thing that I have purchased in a while. I love my kindle and I read book on it daily. I honestly don't use my kindle for anything other than reading, however it works just like any other tablet. My daughter also has a kindle and uses it for reading, playing games and watching youtube. The kindle fire works best with a Kindle Unlimited subscription, unlimited reading from over 1 million e-books! You can also download the Kindle app on any device and read your Kindle Unlimited books there as well. Such a wonderful tool to have for homeschool.
5 Things Every Homeschool Family Needs
Even if you aren't a homeschooler, this list would benefit families in general. I remember using these suggestions when I was just a stay at home mom. What are some other things that you suggest for homeschool families? Let me know in the comments! Until next time.

April K.
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Monday, May 18

More Amazing Podcasts Just For Women

Since discovering podcasts about 4 years ago, I have been on the hunt for the perfect shows to listen to. I am drawn to podcasts about motherhood, self help, homeschool, and business. I've shared some of my favorite podcasts for moms HERE
More Amazing Podcasts Just For Women - TheDailyAprilnAva

Today, I wanted to share a few more podcast recommendations, that aren't just for moms! Here are a few of my favorite podcasts just for women. 


1. Affirmation Pod - This may be my favorite podcast of all time. I'm listing it first because I could listen to this show every single day. I've been on a personal spirituality journey for a few years and affirmations are a part of my daily life. Josie has positive affirmations for any situation and one listen will instantly lift your spirits.


2. Kalyn's Coffee Talk - To be such a young woman, Kalyn is very wise. I enjoy her uplifting podcasts. I especially like to catch up on these episodes when I am driving.


3. The Black Girl Bravado - After the Affirmation Pod show, this is my second favorite podcast. I have listened to and enjoyed every single episode these ladies have released. Germani and Brittany discuss mental health, current events, self care, and even entrepreneurship. Two black, millennial women, giving me advice, I'm here for it!


4. The Juice - Since this podcast began last year, I have been all ears. This podcast gets into the life of a millennial. Maggie and Sara discuss enneagrams, social media, and just overall life experiences.


5. The Mindful Kind - The creator of this show is a mindfulness coach and she shares simple ways that you can practice mindfulness during everyday activities. 


6. Therapy for Black Girls -  This podcast discusses mental health and personal development as it relates to the lives of black women. The creator also shares tips and strategies to improve areas of your life. 


7. Vibrant Happy Women - Just an overall wonderful show that encourages women to live happy, balanced lives.  


More Amazing Podcasts Just For Women - TheDailyAprilnAva

These are just a few of my favorite and most listened to podcasts. I truly enjoy listening to each of these and more. What podcasts are you enjoying? Share them with me in the comments below. Until next time.


April K.
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Tuesday, April 21

Schooling At Home During A Pandemic: Our Favorite Virtual Learning Websites

The sudden school closures along with closures of museums, libraries, and the limiting of crowds, has caused a lot of uncertanity and anxiety among families with school aged children. We are being taken out of our normal routines and finding resources for some has been daunting. I would like to share a few free, online learning resources that we have been incorporating into our homeschool day.

Schooling At Home During A Pandemic: Our Favorite Virtual Learning Websites
1. NatGeo @ Home - National Geographic has recently launched NatGeo@Home on their website. This particular section of Nat Geo is a centralized location of learning materials such as games, videos, worksheets, and books designed to support families in their new normal of learning at home.

2. Scholastic Learn At Home - Scholastic has provided 4 weeks worth of learning and activities for grades pre-kindergarten thorugh the 9th grade. My daughter has already finished the first grade assignments and enjoyed the variation to her normal school work. There is a Resources for Families section that includes science videos, free worksheets, and creative reading and drawing class from the Library of Congress.

Schooling At Home During A Pandemic: Our Favorite Virtual Learning Websites - TheDailyAprilnAva

3. Corona Virus Homeschooling - This website offers encouragement to families during this unexpected change and free daily lesson plans. Simple, fun, just make sure you are loaded up with printer ink. Just sign up on the website to get started.

4. Giving Artfully Kids - Giving Artfully Kids is an art program that helps kids experience joy in giving. Live art classes take place on Wednesdays and Fridays and my daughter has enjoyed the classes so far. Just head on over to their website to sign up.
5. Education.com - Why didn't I think of this site before? Education.com is providing resources for families, guided lessons, independent study packets and much more. This is another site where you want to make sure your printer is loaded with ink as the activities are printables.

Schooling At Home During A Pandemic: Our Favorite Virtual Learning Websites
Some other resources that we are enjoying are live drawing and storytime with Pete the cat, Art For Kids Hub on Youtube, GoNoodle, Deep Space Sparkle art class, Corona Virus Homeschooling, and Highlights Kids. Before this all started, we did't really use online learning much in our homeschool day, nut I am welcoming this change to our day, my daughter is enjoying it, and I am impressed with the quality of information being shared from these wonderful companies. Have you incorporated virtual learning into your homeschool day? Let me know in the comments below. Until Next Time.
April K.
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