2nd Grade Sound Alike Words

Even in second grade, students are expected to have a wide set of word study skills including knowing the difference between sound alike words or homophones.

These confusing words should frequently be practiced.  Here’s a list for practice for 2nd grade:

2nd Grade Homophones – List 1

Grade Level: 2nd Grade



Second Grade: Make it or break it!

Students who leave 2nd grade as effective motivated readers have a good prognosis in terms of education and post secondardy.

Students who do not leave 2nd having mastered the basics have a poor prognosis.

The data correlating mastery at 2nd grade and student outcomes is brutal. Finally, with ESSA, we are moving large amounts of resource into the early grades where we are usually productive and effective at helping even a diverse range of students.

Technology for second grade learning

Students can look at the previous post and start thinking about it. Many students are capable of using words and concepts such as widgets, pixels, frame size, slider, and bug.

These concepts which used to be limited to students with a lot more learning, are now routinely used in early grades. Second graders can be very sophisticated in terms of online learning tools and programs. Admittedly, they most learn thru online games.

Here are some interesting articles on educating students:

Second Grade

Today, second graders routinely use a range of interesting technology based learning tools. Here’s a test of whether a vocabulary based learning tool can be placed on another site:

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This is 300 by 375

this is 150 by 188

Instructional Models for Early Science Education

It’s been widely reported over the last decade that students start their education with a great deal of enthusiasm and then, as the years go by, much of the enthusiasm and curiosity seems to dwindle.  However, the best education does not show this trend.

One of the superior systems for teaching students science in the primary grades (PreK to 2nd grade) is the 5E Instructional Model. The goal is to get them to construct their new thinking, ideas, and knowledge on top of existing edifices of education and knowledge in their brain. The idea is to:


In this context each of these words or steps meaning something very specific.  for instance (and I quote the Science4Us explanation of the system): During the Explain phase, elementary students are provided a clear, concise description of the new concept which will include formal labels and essential vocabulary through a fun and captivating video clip. Within the Explain segment is a “Show What You Know” game-show-like assessment that checks for student understanding. The offline lesson is a graphic organizer or mind map that also determines mastery of the foundational science concept.

The Eclipse of August 21st, 2017

I feel extremely lucky having experienced both the once in 50 yer eclipse of today an the seventeen year locusts when I was much younger (and living in DC).

I feel extremely fortunate to have had the science education that I’ve had which started at a very young age and more importantly, was led by by father who was a world class thinker about science and education.   From an early age, he focused on building understanding of the big science concepts and had a cross cutting organizational mind which marked me to this day. I remain impatient with learning facts and am always curious about finding patterns and understanding the big picture.

As a little kid, certainly by second grade, I understood that found was a vibration that could be transmitted by the “microphone” of a bottom of a cup, along a tight string, to another cup which would act like a speaker. He also had me understanding that the basis of the telephone was the same vibration which make the electrical current flux and which could be transmitted and broadcast the same way.


2nd Grade Science-Egg Experiments

Easter is almost here! I am sure your kiddos are super excited, if they are anything like my children. Even though we consider our selves a Christian homeschool family, we still enjoy taking part in the fun of the “Easter Bunny” too. So, of course Easter egg decorating is on the top of our list. With any holiday, I like to incorporate the theme into our homeschooling. So, I found some awesome fun and educational 2nd grade science “egg” themed experiment’s on the fabulous internet! Below are my top 3 favorites that I found on HubPages. To find more cool egg experiment’s, check out HubPages- Fun and Easy Egg Experiments for Kids. *Ask your child what they think will happen before you preform any of these experiment’s. It’s be fun to see what they think before and their reaction after*

  1. Spinning Around– Place a hard-boiled egg and a raw egg on the table. Spin each of them and observe what happens. The boiled egg will spin faster. The raw egg will spin slowly.
  2. To Sink or to Float– Place the two glasses of warm water on a table. Add about 10 heaping tablespoons of salt to one of the glasses and stir until the salt is dissolved in the water. Place one raw egg in each glass and observe what happens. The raw egg in the normal water will sink to the bottom while the raw egg in the salt water will float to the top.
  3. Egg in the Bottle– First, set a hard-boiled, peeled egg in the mouth of the bottle. The egg should sit in the opening without falling in. Now, move the egg away and light a piece of newspaper and drop it into the bottle. Quickly place the egg over the opening of the bottle, with the narrow part of the egg pointing down into the bottle. As you watch, you will see that the egg will get sucked down into the bottle. If you try to get the egg back out of the bottle. It won’t be able to go back through the opening without breaking apart.

   Wishing Everyone Happy Easter!


Second Grade Math

Is your child struggling in with their second grade math? Math can be a difficult subject at any grade for children. When kids have a hard time grasping math concepts, it can cause them to develop some math anxiety. Reassuring your child, that there is no race to be won, that it’s okay if they need more time to learn the material, can help their self confidence greatly. Another way to help your child with their math is by adding some fun math games. Using real life props are also great teaching tools. For example, when your child is learning about money, use real coins and bills to help them learn. You can also make printable flash cards and create printable worksheets; they are great for extra practice 😉

Valentine’s Art

February is one of my child’s favorite months. As you may have guessed, my child loves candy, chocolate to be specific. Don’t we all? 😉 Making Valentines are also another favorite. We make ours from scratch, always have. It’s more fun that way to me. My kids just love getting colored paper, glitter, glue, doilies, etc. and making tons of those heart felt Valentine’s. I know not all kids like to be artistic, but mine do, especially my 2nd
grader. In fact, I am already thinking about when I should add an official art curriculum to our homeschool curriculum. Maybe next year, hmmmm…

Homeschool-New Year Resolutions

It is 2015 and the school year is half way over. With the New Year, comes resolutions. However, in our house, I like to take it one step further and make some homeschool resolutions too. What do I mean, homeschool resolutions? There are always things you can change or improve upon in life. Your homeschool isn’t any different. So, what I like to do, at this mid-point in our school year, is to look back and see if there is anything I would like to change, remove, or add. For example, I have decided that I want to add some free learning games to our regular homeschool curriculum. I think kids need
more fun in their school work, because when you are enjoying yourself, you want
to continue doing it.

    Happy New Year!