field trips

Public school kids have field trips, so homeschooled kids should have them too!  Field trips are a fun way to get out of the classroom, or out of the house in this case, and experience a bit of the real world.  Even things that don’t seem terribly educational on the surface serve a role in teaching kids about the world.  The end of the year picnic for your homeschool group is just as appropriate a field trip as a trip to the zoo, because it gives homeschooled kids a chance to engage their peers in social situations and have some fun.

Trips to an art museum, for example, don’t just teach about art.  Kids also learn what a museum looks like and feels like, and they learn about the expected behavior in art museums, like not touching the artwork!   Some museums don’t allow photography or their art or exhibits, and it’s important to explain these things to children.  These are lessons that could never be learned just from a book.

Historical sites can be invaluable to reinforce concepts in kids’ minds, but often kids find them dull or boring.  So look for kid-friendly places to take your 2nd grader, and keep their interest!   Some state parks or other sites also offer periodic classes for homeschoolers, and these are often well worth your effort to register for  them.

2nd grade social studies

Social studies is a very broad subject area, but well worth exploring with your second grader.  Some states even require it, so be sure to check with the laws in your area so you can meet the minimum standards.  Many times, parents consider social studies a “fun” area, which gets covered only after math, reading, and writing, or the more major subjects.  Some of the organized curriculum formats make include lesson plans for social studies, but otherwise, you’ll need to come up with something on your own.

Social studies can include a wide range of things like current events, citizenship, geography, history, and the study of different cultures or religions.  This is an area that lends itself well to field trips as well, like historical places and monuments.  There are numberous museums you could visit to enrich your social studies curriculum, too.

Some parents will ask their second grader to find a newspaper article to discuss for current events, or buy their child a globe to foster an interest in geography.  Many formal history curricula emphasize simple biographies for young kids to read and learn about history, but certainly each family can do what works for them.  Social studies is usually something kids look forward to!