This is our homeschool reading list for 2nd grade this month. Our second grader is reading:
- Alvin Ho
- Tales of Famous Americans
- The Cat who went to Heaven
- The Complete Tales of Winnie The Pooh
- Hardy Boys Adventures – Secret of the red Arrow
- Kaya – Meet Kaya
- Kaya- Kaya’s Escape
- Kaya- Kaya’s Hero
- Whats So Great About Texas
Alvin Ho- Allergic to Girls, School, and Other Scary Things
The favorite book out of this list has to be Alvin Ho by Lenore Look. We have read most of the Alvin Ho series and we really enjoy them. We crack up over the humor and reread every Alvin Ho book. My 2nd grader has read some of the Alvin Ho books about 3 times. Yes, they are that funny. They are hilarious for adults as well. Even my husband sometimes reads through the Alvin Ho books just too see what we have been reading about during the day. He thinks they are rather comical as well. I wish these books were more popular. They are just so cute and funny I am surprised that more children are not reading them. We have a relative we wanted to purchase another Alvin Ho book for my son and when she went to Barns and Noble they informed her that they do not carry it but they could order it and then she could pick it up once it comes in. I am surprised about this because I think this series would be a really popular read for middle grade readers if it was more readily available. Until then I will continue to tell everyone about author Lenore Look and her hilarious Alvin Ho series.
What’s So Great About Texas
We are skimming through “What’s so great about Texas” as our 2nd grader will be working on a report about Texas/ Texas history in the next couple of weeks. We have many other Texas books to help with the report research, but we have been concentrating on this book for the last week or so.
Kaya- American Girl Series
I have to admit, I was not sure how the books about “Kaya” were going to go over. They have a big American girl logo on the cover. I was not so sure that my 8 year old son was going to be too into reading these. I told him before we started that they were more so historical fiction short reads and really had nothing to do with the dolls! Yes, the stories go along with the doll and her time period and all of that but there was nothing “girly” about a Native American girl being captured by another tribe who has raided her home in an effort to steal horses! He agreed by the third book that they were not so bad. However I would say they were not the most interesting of historical fiction stories that we have ever read! We did not mind them- but I think that our household has such a love for long detailed historical fiction chapter books (thanks Sonlight curriculum homeschooling year 1!!) that we just couldn’t give them a fair chance at first!
If you have an elementary schooler who likes shorter stories and needs to feel the accomplishment in finishing a book sooner this may be a helpful series to keep them plugging along this school year. There are also many lap books and free study guides online for the Kaya series. We did not use these to supplement our Kaya reading but I did check into them. Since we weren’t especially into the stories we just decided to finish them but not add in any projects and the like. We decided that we would spend more time on digging into our other longer chapter books for this month.
The Cat Who Went to Heaven
We are enjoying The Cat Who Went To Heaven. This is another quick read. It is on the Sonlight Curriculum reading list for the Eastern Hemisphere (not sure of the corresponding letter for this level) and I happened to find this at our local library here in Tokyo. I have been ordering all of the readers and read-clouds that are mentioned in the Sonlight eastern hemisphere list. We really enjoy the Sonlight readers and we do incorporate them into our “My Fathers World” spine. (this probably sounds more complicated than it is!)
My mom actually read Matilda to me in first grade. It was a gift from my favorite teacher of all time (Shout out Ms. Steamen in Carroll, OH!) and I really loved this book. My 2nd graders also has been really enjoying Rohald Dahl books and I knew he would also really get into Matilda. The first Rohald Dahl book we read was The B.F.G. in Kindy and he really enjoyed it. We plan to read the rest by this author and will do so as we purchased them used off of amazon. I know that we will also be reading them with my youngest child in a few years so we would like to add these to our home library.
Tales of Famous Americans
Tales of Famous Americans has been a pretty good into to much of the *important* figures of American History that you would be reading about in any social studies book! We have been enjoying this and the artwork keeps the kids interested. The stories and information are short and to the point hitting the main points about each historical figure. I think this book is an interesting supplement for fun and we using it in a “book basket” type of method. My 2nd grader just reads about a person or two every couple of days and there is no pressure on this title. No memorizing or quizzing on anything in the book… just learning about important Americans for enjoyment and a knowledge base for more intense history timelines and information to build upon in the future. We also will be venturing to the Alamo in the near future so we are really diving into some of the people who were there and Daniel Boone happens to be featured in the book. I really want him to have a basis of history involving the Alamo so that our visit makes more of an impact. I am trying to avoid a “this is really boring mom” type of field trip on this one!
Tangerine seems to be holding his interest but I haven’t gotten the feedback on this one yet. He is not quite finished with it yet. I will post an update on this book later if it is a winner!
The complete Tales of Winnie the Pooh
And least but certainly not least, The Complete Tales Of Winnie The Pooh…. is a total hit! I thought my son would find this babyish but he totally gets the humor this year. I think 8 was a great age to read this with him. He gets the humor and is really laughing out loud at the silly antics and nonsense conversations between the animals. I would tell any homeschooling family to read together. It is cute and funny… it is just adorable but yet hilarious enough for even boys to enjoy it. I got my copy on Amazon used for only a penny! ($4 for shipping added in of course). totally worth it. If I can find some more I will buy other copies and gift them. Reading this can really brighten your day. Very Nostalgic!