2nd grade sports

If your homeschooled child is in 2nd grade, letting them play in the backyard or with their friends in the neighborhood, left to their own imaginations, is probably enough exercise for them to be healthy.  As long as you’re minimizing how much TV they watch, and “screen time” in general, there’s very little else that can keep kids sedentary.  They’ll be up and moving without another thought because they won’t be able to stop themselves!

If you’re looking for a more formal physical education program, you can sometimes find homeschool gym classes in your community.  They usually meet for an hour or two per week, and often involve group sports like soccer or basketball, and games such as kickball, flag football, and tag.   Check with your community rec center or YMCA for these homeschool gym classes.

There are plenty of websites that you could use to determine how much physical activity is appropriate for kids this age, and also find suggestions for sports and games as well.  The most important thing to remember is that kids want to play and have fun.  Call it physical education if you like, but make it fun!  Just because they’re homeschooled doesn’t mean they need to miss out on sports!

Teaching 2nd graders about money

By second grade, most kids have a good idea of the different denominations of coins, and they’re well on their way to being able to count money accurately.  Practice makes perfect, though, so it’s wise to give them practice opportunities as much as possible.

One fun activity is to make your own money by doing crayon rubbings of coins, and drawing the faces and markings onto similarly shaped dollar bills.  Then kids can cut them out and you’ve got an easy playtime activity that works well in a homeschool environment to reinforce key concepts about recognizing and counting money.   It’s also fun to set up a storefront with homemade items the kids have designed and manufactured themselves and let them role-play to pretend buying, selling, and counting money or making  change.

Another homeschool-friendly way to reinforce these concepts is by letting the kids clip coupons, either to use in their pretend store, or for you to use during your next shopping trip.  It’s important for kids to not just learn the abstract concept of money and which coins are which denominations, but for them to pair that knowledge with the ability to use the skills in real life situations.  So let them help with the grocery budget,  clip coupons, and develop the common-sense ability to USE money too.