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What Your Second Grader Needs to Know: Fundamentals of a Good Second Grade Education

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Give your child a smart start with "What Your Second Grader Needs to Know" What will your child be expected to learn in the second grade? How can you help him or her at home? This book answers these all-important questions and more, offering the specific shared knowledge that hundreds of parents and teachers across the nation have agreed upon for American second graders. D Give your child a smart start with "What Your Second Grader Needs to Know" What will your child be expected to learn in the second grade? How can you help him or her at home? This book answers these all-important questions and more, offering the specific shared knowledge that hundreds of parents and teachers across the nation have agreed upon for American second graders. Designed for parents and teachers to enjoy with children, featuring a new Introduction, this second-grade volume of the Core Knowledge Series presents the knowledge and skills that should be at the core of a challenging second-grade education, including Favorite poems old and new, from Caterpillars to Gwendolyn Brooks s prizewinning Rudolph Is Tired of the City Literature from around the world, with African folktales, American tall tales, European fairy tales, and classic myths from ancient Greece Learning about language the basic building blocks of written English, all explained with a touch of humor and common sense World and American history and geography visit Japan, explore ancient Greece, travel the Underground Railroad with Harriet Tubman Visual arts with activities and full-color illustrations of masterworks by El Greco, Van Gogh, Matisse, and others Music basic theory, great composers, instruments, and fun-to-sing songs such as I ve Been Working on the Railroad and Do-Re-Mi Math challenging lessons ranging from telling time to doing fractions, numbers to 100, and a first look at geometry Science the cycle of life and the seasons, levers and magnets, the wonder of the human body, and more, with lots of hands-on activities and stories about famous scientists"


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Give your child a smart start with "What Your Second Grader Needs to Know" What will your child be expected to learn in the second grade? How can you help him or her at home? This book answers these all-important questions and more, offering the specific shared knowledge that hundreds of parents and teachers across the nation have agreed upon for American second graders. D Give your child a smart start with "What Your Second Grader Needs to Know" What will your child be expected to learn in the second grade? How can you help him or her at home? This book answers these all-important questions and more, offering the specific shared knowledge that hundreds of parents and teachers across the nation have agreed upon for American second graders. Designed for parents and teachers to enjoy with children, featuring a new Introduction, this second-grade volume of the Core Knowledge Series presents the knowledge and skills that should be at the core of a challenging second-grade education, including Favorite poems old and new, from Caterpillars to Gwendolyn Brooks s prizewinning Rudolph Is Tired of the City Literature from around the world, with African folktales, American tall tales, European fairy tales, and classic myths from ancient Greece Learning about language the basic building blocks of written English, all explained with a touch of humor and common sense World and American history and geography visit Japan, explore ancient Greece, travel the Underground Railroad with Harriet Tubman Visual arts with activities and full-color illustrations of masterworks by El Greco, Van Gogh, Matisse, and others Music basic theory, great composers, instruments, and fun-to-sing songs such as I ve Been Working on the Railroad and Do-Re-Mi Math challenging lessons ranging from telling time to doing fractions, numbers to 100, and a first look at geometry Science the cycle of life and the seasons, levers and magnets, the wonder of the human body, and more, with lots of hands-on activities and stories about famous scientists"

30 review for What Your Second Grader Needs to Know: Fundamentals of a Good Second Grade Education

  1. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

    I read this book each day to my kids during the summer. I would not make this my main curriculum for the school year but it is great as a supplemental. It gave us a taste of some things we will be learning for the following year.

  2. 4 out of 5

    JP

    I used to think we needed a checklist to validate educational progress. Although this did convey the level of understanding, it very quickly turned me off from the Core Knowledge approach to education. The first impression matches what we see in most modern textbooks. The fonts are big, the topics arbitrary, and the treatment simplistic. With text like this for children and their mentoring parents (how many !'s does one need?), it's no wonder our educational establishment is in trouble. Get your I used to think we needed a checklist to validate educational progress. Although this did convey the level of understanding, it very quickly turned me off from the Core Knowledge approach to education. The first impression matches what we see in most modern textbooks. The fonts are big, the topics arbitrary, and the treatment simplistic. With text like this for children and their mentoring parents (how many !'s does one need?), it's no wonder our educational establishment is in trouble. Get your breadth children. Cover all topics enough to have a working understanding. But don't get it from here.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    We've been using this series to help guide our homeschooling path. I don't love everything about it but hey - it works for us and we just add and subtract to personalize things. I was actually pretty impressed with the sections on ancient greece history and mythology in this edition. I am not educated on that subject but I felt they were written well and right on target for my daughter's knowledge and interest level. We've been using this series to help guide our homeschooling path. I don't love everything about it but hey - it works for us and we just add and subtract to personalize things. I was actually pretty impressed with the sections on ancient greece history and mythology in this edition. I am not educated on that subject but I felt they were written well and right on target for my daughter's knowledge and interest level.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Amber

    I wanted to like this book much more than I did. The author's stance more about shoving as much information into your kid as possible, it doesn't take the time to delve into how to make education memorable and enjoyable. I wanted to like this book much more than I did. The author's stance more about shoving as much information into your kid as possible, it doesn't take the time to delve into how to make education memorable and enjoyable.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Cindy

    I like this book very much. It provides insights on how to make kids happy and productive in doing homework. Its humorous writing makes me and my child laugh! The ideas are simple and effective. Kids are motivated to do better when their homework is recognized widely. A friend of mine referred me to a great Houston community web site http://www.beestar.org. It provides free daily math exercises with weekly honor roll. My daughter likes it very much. She has been doing math online without any pus I like this book very much. It provides insights on how to make kids happy and productive in doing homework. Its humorous writing makes me and my child laugh! The ideas are simple and effective. Kids are motivated to do better when their homework is recognized widely. A friend of mine referred me to a great Houston community web site http://www.beestar.org. It provides free daily math exercises with weekly honor roll. My daughter likes it very much. She has been doing math online without any push since I signed up her last semester. Quality is good, but like many others, it's a bit pricey with regard to such a thin book. Kids can finish it pretty soon. As a complement, if you have Internet at home, you should check out an in credible Houston community web site http://www.beestar.org. It provides quality free math exercises online every week. I signed up my daughter a year ago and we love it.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Sh&ra

    Great evaluation tool with lots of details. I love that they include HOW to teach your kids the things that they think they need to know; It isn't just a list. I also love the abridged versions of classic stories already put together for me so I can easily teach my child a story or about mythology without having to get library books or scour the internet looking for a concise summary. It's already in there ready for my second grader. I don't think this book is by any means infallible and I think Great evaluation tool with lots of details. I love that they include HOW to teach your kids the things that they think they need to know; It isn't just a list. I also love the abridged versions of classic stories already put together for me so I can easily teach my child a story or about mythology without having to get library books or scour the internet looking for a concise summary. It's already in there ready for my second grader. I don't think this book is by any means infallible and I think there are plenty of things that need to be customizable, but this is a great place to start and serves as an awesome tool.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Colin

    An excellent guide to what a 2nd grader ought to have mastered by the end of the year. I just finished a review at the beginning of the 2nd & 3rd grade with my little ones (7 & 8), and I feel like it provides excellent benchmarks for their progress, and is a great source for poems, stories, tall tales, myths, etc. that they should know.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Marcia

    I was hesitant adding this to my Read in 2018 list: Does it count? I'm counting it because there are pages upon pages of tips and information to parents and educators that will aid me in giving my son a jump start. I was hesitant adding this to my Read in 2018 list: Does it count? I'm counting it because there are pages upon pages of tips and information to parents and educators that will aid me in giving my son a jump start.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Jenny T

    Like the other volumes, this book has great information and skills with which to learn or refresh. Some of the stories aren't as well-known to me as those in the other volumes, but that's ok. Like the other volumes, this book has great information and skills with which to learn or refresh. Some of the stories aren't as well-known to me as those in the other volumes, but that's ok.

  10. 5 out of 5

    A Jolly

    Great ideas for homeschooling a 2nd grader

  11. 5 out of 5

    Waterbird

    I had this back in the 1990s when I was young and actually a second grader. Loved it for years and eventually gave it away with the hope that some other second grader would love it as much as I did. It had short stories, general knowledge, information on music and math. It was my go-to reference book, it was BEFORE Google. I was recently checking the books at my job and I saw it! I cheered inside and opened it aaaaaaand- what? Not the same. Where is the story of Anansi the spider? Oh well, this i I had this back in the 1990s when I was young and actually a second grader. Loved it for years and eventually gave it away with the hope that some other second grader would love it as much as I did. It had short stories, general knowledge, information on music and math. It was my go-to reference book, it was BEFORE Google. I was recently checking the books at my job and I saw it! I cheered inside and opened it aaaaaaand- what? Not the same. Where is the story of Anansi the spider? Oh well, this is a new generation and it ought to be good for them.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    As a mom with an education degree, I have found this book is a great way to supplement my child's education. We read it at bedtime and it is set up perfectly for a quick read. The book is separated into different areas of curriculum (math, science, music, geography, etc.). There are also activities you can do with your child. I don't have time during the school year for them but they are great activities to do during the summer when we all need something different to do. By reading it only at be As a mom with an education degree, I have found this book is a great way to supplement my child's education. We read it at bedtime and it is set up perfectly for a quick read. The book is separated into different areas of curriculum (math, science, music, geography, etc.). There are also activities you can do with your child. I don't have time during the school year for them but they are great activities to do during the summer when we all need something different to do. By reading it only at bedtime it does take all school year to get through the book

  13. 5 out of 5

    Purl Scout

    I've been using this and its 3rd grade counterpart as one of many tools in this, our first year of homeschool. We use them off an on as they've applied in our overall lessons and as a source for our read-aloud time for history and world studies. The Core Knowledge books flow well from one topic to the next and introduce material easily and in a cohesive way. I've been successful making the material a jumping off point for the further explorations on our subjects. I've been using this and its 3rd grade counterpart as one of many tools in this, our first year of homeschool. We use them off an on as they've applied in our overall lessons and as a source for our read-aloud time for history and world studies. The Core Knowledge books flow well from one topic to the next and introduce material easily and in a cohesive way. I've been successful making the material a jumping off point for the further explorations on our subjects.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Anita

    This is a core knowledge sequence book. Core Knowledge is a school of home based curriculum developed by E.D. Hirsch. He had the right idea on how to educate children. I love everything he writes. If any one is looking for additional curriculum for what your kids don't learn when you send them to school this is a great resource. This is a core knowledge sequence book. Core Knowledge is a school of home based curriculum developed by E.D. Hirsch. He had the right idea on how to educate children. I love everything he writes. If any one is looking for additional curriculum for what your kids don't learn when you send them to school this is a great resource.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Melanie Olson

    I LOVE this series of books! I use them for our summer "school" sessions at home. They are great preparation for the school year ahead. I recommend them whenever I can, and I'm willing to loan them. :) I LOVE this series of books! I use them for our summer "school" sessions at home. They are great preparation for the school year ahead. I recommend them whenever I can, and I'm willing to loan them. :)

  16. 4 out of 5

    Timber

    As a homeschool teacher, I love the Core Knowledge series. I especially like the history and literature sections of this book, and I love how the series builds on itself as the grades progress.

  17. 4 out of 5

    James

    Good all round guide - we're using this series as a way to help us keep out homeschool lessons targeted to the right level. Good all round guide - we're using this series as a way to help us keep out homeschool lessons targeted to the right level.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Glenn

    See review for Cultural Literacy

  19. 5 out of 5

    Emma Elsie

    it was good

  20. 4 out of 5

    Nuvaira

    A delightful read and so much to take back to the classroom.. Highly recommend it to the elementary teachers

  21. 5 out of 5

    Cacey Hopper

    Great school resource, highly recommend for anyone homeschooling!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Mary

    I use as a reference book.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Diana

    I will be adding these books to my collection!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Melinda

    Basic guide to information and topics to explore with second grade learners.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Anne

  26. 5 out of 5

    Jailynn

  27. 5 out of 5

    Kristen

  28. 5 out of 5

    Anngela

  29. 5 out of 5

    Sara

  30. 5 out of 5

    Vivian Little

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