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Monday, September 02, 2013

What a Second Grader's Book List Can Look Like

I've been spending weeks getting things ready for the start of our new school year. I finally finished my second grader's schedule and the gathering of all of his books. One of the things I most enjoy about homeschooling younger children is being able to spend time reading wonderful stories to them. Because we follow the Charlotte Mason method of teaching, the bulk of my children's education involves reading rich, quality books for subjects such as literature, science, history, etc.

For several years I have been using Higher Up and Further In's book list. Below is a sampling of some of the books on my son's schedule this year:
Child's History of the World
This Country of Ours
Pilgrim's Progress (We will be listening to the dramatized version by Orion's Gate.)
Five Little Peppers
Dick Wittington and His Cat
The Boxcar Children Series
Beautiful Stories from Shakespeare
Tanglewood Tales
Understood Betsy
The Wind in the Willows
If You Lived at the Time of the American Revolution
Benjamin Franklin
George Washington
Mary Geddy's Day
The Courage of Sarah Noble
The Matchlock Gun
Viking Tales
Marco Polo
Joan of Arc
A Door in the Wall
Thornton Burgess Animal Book for Children
We will also be studying various artists, poets, and composers.

I'm looking forward to a new school year and the discussions these types of books invite us into.

Do you have a second grader in your homeschool home? What are some of the books he/she will be reading this year?

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  1. Hi, I know that this is a very old thread so I do not know if you will get this. Also, I am a bit off topic but here goes. Re: CM Help's Higher Up and Further In curriculum. I found your link on the forum for HUFI when you left a comment. I am on the forum also. I know that Linda Fay ran into some trouble with Ambleside Online regarding her booklists and schedules for her version of the HEO program and so she took all of those schedules down from all her sites. Some people indicated that we could still get those schedules from them if we emailed them. Unfortunately, yahoo will not let me see their complete addresses for me to do that. Thus this note to you. Do you know of anyone I could contact from the forum who might have these schedules? Here I thought I would have all the time in the world to do that as were not ready for the upper levels yet. Now I am sick that I did not. I would appreciate any info you might have and thanks so much in advance for any help. Sincerely, Kim

    1. What grades do you need? Email me at

    2. Thank you so much for replying! I was checking back for awhile but assumed that you didn't see my comment. That is why I am replying so late myself! I am afraid that I need all the CMHelp versions of the HEO booklists and schedules for years 7-12. I know that they were posted at one point but then removed. I will email you privately as you stated. My email will come from so that you will recognize the address. Thanks so much for the reply!! Kim


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