2021 2nd Grade Handbook + Scheduler
Please note that our handbooks are not available individually online. If you would like to purchase a handbook, please give us a call at 1-800-478-0672 and speak to a member of our customer service team.
Why We Wrote These Guides for You
We are often asked about the documentation included in our Curriculum Kits, and with good reason. You know that your curriculum handbook will set the tone for the year and you want to make sure it will be a good fit for your family. With that in mind, we wanted our curriculum handbook to be extremely simple, easy to use, and promote independent study as early as possible. Our guides are designed to get you up and running—today—without being overwhelming, boring, or confusing.
So What Exactly Do You Get And What Does It Look Like?
Each Curriculum Kit comes with its very own Curriculum Handbook; a soft-cover, 8.5" x 8.5" manual, easy for you to reference as needed without being cumbersome or overwhelming. New this year, you'll find a reading challenge in every grade level. It is made to allow you to choose what challenge level will work for you - Light Reader, Avid Reader, Committed Reader, or Obsessed Reader - all of the information is included in the handbook. Handbook length varies depending on the grade.
If You're Purchasing A Guide
This guide comes completely free with its respective curriculum kit. However, at your insistence, we've made them available for purchase as well. Please note that due to the proprietary nature of these books, they are non-returnable. (If you have any questions about the contents, please don't hesitate to contact us to inquire before you purchase this non-returnable item!) Each handbook you purchase comes with access to our custom scheduling site.
Simple Is Better
We really believe that, so your guide is as simple as we could make it. First up are the annual planner and weekly checklists, the absolute backbones of Timberdoodle's Curriculum Kits. More on those in a moment. Next up are short bios of each item in your kit, ideal for refreshing your memory on why each is included or to show Dad exactly what your second-grader will be covering this year. We've also thrown in our tips or tricks to make this year more awesome for all of you. Finally, we'll conclude with favorite articles and tidbits amassed in our 30+ years of homeschool experience.
Annual Schedule Planning
Now back to the most important part: schedules. Included with your handbook purchase will be access to the Timberdoodle Scheduler site, which will allow you to customize your schedule the way you want it. You can do things such as customizing your start date and number of weeks, including building in vacation weeks; add or remove items or alternating courses; adding custom courses; printing recommended checklists; adding lesson numbers; and choosing which courses you want to do on which days. You can also easily add in a second student or teacher. If your schedule changes mid-year, no problem, you can add things in or adjust it when you need to, and can print it in large font for the little ones to see so they can be more involved. Even pre-readers usually love crossing things off their list, and this takes you away from micromanaging your students while encouraging them to be responsible for their own work. In our experience a weekly checklist is the perfect blend of enough structure to finish in a timely fashion and enough freedom that your adventures won't make for stressful catch-up days. You’ll also find a standard paper copy in your handbook.
How We Used Checklists
In our own family we had a family night every Friday, but only those with their lists done were welcome to be a part. I think each child had to have at least one week where the realization would sink in that it is Friday, and no schoolwork has been done yet. After doing math while everyone else was having fun, time-budgeting became a much more relevant concept! And, of course, learning to be an independent learner is an invaluable lesson in itself!
More Manuals Are Included
Of course, you'll also find all the necessary teachers' manuals and program-specific resources you need included in each Homeschool Curriculum Kit. Our curriculum handbook is not meant as a substitute for those manuals, but rather as a helpful summary and planning guide to get you up and running.
I like the Second Grade Handbook, most especially for the reading challenge. I also like the overview of each item in the kit.
The scheduler takes me a bit of time every year to figure out how to input what I want, but when you do, it’s fantastic. This makes awesome weekly printout check lists for my kiddos to follow. I think this is a must - my only knock on it is that it could be more user friendly. Every year I hope it is and it’s the same. It just takes more time to figure it out.
We are so glad that despite the difficulties you have experienced while using the scheduler, you have benefited from it overall. The good news is, we are in the process of updating it and hope to complete it before the next school year! Thanks for hanging in there!
This book has helped me tremendously when planning our school year and needing ideas how to use the items. I also love the reading challenge and book ideas that go along with it. Such a huge help.
Couldn't get through the year without it! The checklists are extremely helpful and it gives information about every item in your kit. It also includes really great tips on how to use different things (and some tips on how NOT to use them). There are even some pages that help with teaching or handling children or don't listen. It helps so much. I love the reading challenge and that it offers suggestions. I really don't think I would have survived without it.
This is our first year with Timberdoodle but I've been homeschooling off and on for 30 years and I have to say that there is a lot packed into this little handbook! It's been one of my favorite parts of the kit! The schedule is very helpful to plan out the week, and all the other extras like the book challenge and the info on each piece of the curriculum is wonderful!