May 12, 2007

Second and Third Grade Learning Enrichment Ideas

Below is a list of fun ideas we used as part of our learning enrichment for Grades 2 and 3. We did all these things while homeschooling during the 2005-6 school year. They were NOT a part of my curriculum (at least not scheduled for the units we were working on at the time)... they were just extra fun things we threw in. In case you are just "tuning in", our kiddos were 6 and 8 at the time. I can't guarantee that there are not duplicates between my previous lists and this one. I would like to suggest that there probably are. Things like 'helping in the kitchen' and 'writing poems' are enrichment items we do every year, so you'll likely find them on every enrichment list. However, I wouldn't stop reading just because you might run in to a few 'tried-and-true', 'rainy-day' 'fun-items'. There may be a few on here that surprise you. Feel free to print the list off to save your eyes from too much screen-time. Just be sure to link back to me if you pass it to a friend. Of course, you can always leave me a tip in my tip jar if you want, too. I certainly won't complain!

There are a few things that didn't make the enrichment list for 05'-06' that I feel were highly educational. One of them was living in a hotel for a month. I want to take a brief moment to THANK my children for being such good sports and putting up with their mom and dad. I wish I could say that it was just 05'-06' that introduced so much moving and change into their lives, but that isn't the case. We have had quite a few hard years since they were born - between job relocations, daddy commuting, and floods... we've really been through some sad times. It has been a miracle that through it all, we have truly bonded tighter than ever and our family is all the better for each hardship. 2005-6 was a really difficult school-year for us, though... and I could not have asked God for two better children to go through it with. They face each new obstacle with a smile and a Christ-like willingness to bounce back and continue learning despite new places and faces. They are a blessing to us. Mommy and Daddy love you, kiddos!


134 Learning Enrichment Ideas (Grades 2 & 3)

Back to school breakfast at IHOP
Journal about the first day of school
Go over goals for the year with kids
Play with Legos
Help with Chores and Groceries
Use the computer and internet
Play outside on playground/swing set
Jump on trampoline
Pray for our leaders
Write Penpals
Watch news about Hurricane Katrina
Write a thank you letter to New Orleans HPD
Look at artwork online
Learn Bible memory verses
Read poem "To Autumn" by John Keats
Play with cousins and friends
Correct previously misspelled words
Read KJ version Bible to hear Old English
Drive 14 hours during hurricane Rita
Watch Rita on TV
Play concentration skills games online
Play on the My Little Pony Website
Read books to younger children
Watch documentary on deep sea oil rigs being moved due to icebergs
Play in the "snow" (a few inches of fast-melting ice, rather! To a Texan, it was snow!)
Do copywork
Draw a map of Texas
Have timed Bible drills to find verses quickly
Visit a new library
Locate Arkansas on a US Map
Do Arkansas word search
Research Arkansas
Practice learning to type
Watch movies about Math
Take a break from school and move to another state
Help mommy grade papers
Learn to write cursive
Color a map of Arkansas
Go to church
Do Thanksgiving artwork
Paint jewelry boxes (Thanks, Liz!)
Give away clothes to church
Do times tables with Daddy
Read at the library for hours
Practice our times-tables
Do crossword puzzles
Roll change
Christmas wreath ornaments
Write the books of the Bible
Goof off all day on your birthday
Learn to play a new card game
Look up photos of Peru, map it
Discuss current events and geography
Brainstorm about how to write a report
Journal about spring
Journal "About the Author" (about self)
Review the food pyramid
Help out in ladies prayer class to organize their cards
Write cards to church members
Read about Christian martyrs
Discuss reasons why Elizabeth 1 never married
Review global geography (quiz)
Wear green for St. Patrick's Day
Draw unicorns
Do an online quiz about South American countries
Write to a sponsored child in another country
Go to Wednesday night Bible Class
Cook with Mom
Use weekly assignment books to keep track of work
Go for a walk
Go to the gym with Daddy
Build with Lincoln Logs
Watch Schoolhouse Rock (again)
Write a letter to a famous author
Do crayon rubbing artwork
Do stamp artwork
Draw plants and animals in nature
Draw 3-D objects (like stairs, boxes, castles)
Do BBC Science quizzes and games/videos
Take the IOWA Skills Test
Learn about Rwandan Conflict (genocide)
Help look up books and find them at library
Read about and research Mayan Culture
Go to a roller-skating birthday party
Go play on a playscape with buddies
Look at photos of Maine Coon cats online
Research cat breeds for fun
Ride bikes
Learn about taking Communion (object lesson)
Color a map of South America
Write a poem about the state bird
Write a short story about a cat
Write a poem about crying (tears)
Make artistic handwriting samples (block, bubble, slanted, dotted, etc...)
Write a story about your sibling
Do online worksheets about adverbs
Paint still life with fruit
Draw war machines
Draw roller coasters
Watch bugs
Play dominoes
Make craft door hangers at church
Learn memory verses for bible class
Help organize and pack suitcases for trip
Learn the flags of South America
Walk a mile around the school track
Walk in the fog, see a baby sandpiper
Let the kids pay for things at the register when you go out
Eat Mediterranean food
Go with mom to face paint at a rummage sale
Learn to cook enchiladas with Mommy
Learn to look up recipes on the internet
Copy recipes by hand (copywork)
Get compliments on our behavior when out and about
Help make lunch and set the table
Take notes during a sermon at church
Draw the outline of your state freehand and trace it
Learn facts about China, color their flag
Look up China current events
Learn the 9 finger trick for multiplication facts
Do a fake military obstacle course
Do a book report on The Hobbit
Discuss evolution and creation
Trace our feet and hands
Take the online Texas TAKS test
Read devotional about not wasting time and brainstorm how we can improve
Play monopoly
Leadership training for boys at church (reading scripture at the pulpit)
Draw and color a blue-jay's feather with colored pencils
Draw a trolley after our field trip to Downtown Little Rock

Up next in the series will be:
Post #5 - Favorite KONOS Memories from Second and Third Grade
Post #6 - Memories from our KONOS Rock Unit!

Check back in here next week for more homeschool records for second and third grades. God bless you and yours.

Have a super Weekend!

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My Boaz's Ruth said...

Your kids are adorable together :) Thanks for sharing with us.

Sprittibee said...

Thanks MBR. ;) I'm kind of partial.

Fifi said...

That's a wonderful tribute to ya kids! So often we tell our children where they've gone wrong,made incorrect decisions etc.etc. They also need to know when they are doing it right, and making their parents proud.(In the right way of course!)
What beautiful/handsome kids you have!

Fiddledeedee (It Coulda' Been Worse) said...

Hi Heather!
Great picture! I'll look through your list since I'll have a 2nd grader next year! Yikes.

Our homeschool convention is in 2 weeks. I'm going to look into KONOs. I've heard wonderful things about it.

(Your 7 Reasons Why I'd Never Make It On Survivor in my comments made me chuckle!!!!)

"My Little Wonders" said...

I just wanted to wish you a Blessed Mother's Day :)

Jocelyn said...

Well, I think you are truly a wonderful writer - or so many people wouldn't totally love your blog....

Just wanted to say hello!

Oh yes, and you're beeeee-u-tee-ful!

Happpy Mother's Day!

Love Jocelyn

Sprittibee said...

Fifi - Thanks, sweetie. I have been trying to focus on the positive. I tend to get upset when things aren't "on schedule", or when there are big messes all over the house... so I am trying to be more helpful and less of a control freak about it. Living and schooling with your kids all the time, you tend to get too "used to each other" and some of the novelty of being together can fade if we don't make an effort to appreciate each other. I try and read devotionals and Bible verses on it to keep my perspective. Even spending short times away from each other (like a Daddy date night) increases my appreciation. Thanks for your kind comments.

Dee Dee... I am still laughing about the boogar thing (on your Survivor post). My little baby boy is going to be in *deep breath* FIFTH GRADE next year. I'll have to come read your blog more often to keep my sanity. Laughter is good medicine. Hopefully it can cure me of my jitters I'm getting about moving into JUNIOR HIGH. (OH, HORRORS)....

My Little Wonders - HOW SWEET OF YOU! Thank you so much. :)

Jocelyn: You are so sweet. Hi there. How's little Lucy? What is her middle name? Happy Mom's Day to your mama, too. Tell her I said Hi. Keep up the good work. OH, and by the way... I have a friend to refer you to who is your age (kind-of)? She is my "niece" (kind-of). ;) I think you two would get along great.

Here's her blog:

Alexandra said...


I was looking for your post from this past winter with a list of scripture. I think it was behavioral/discipline for children? I did a search but couldn't find it. Do you remember? I'd like to use it. Most of it was from Proverbs, and I could find the scripture myself, but it was a very handy comprehensive list.

Wonderful lesson plant, put me to shame with all your energy! ;)Thanks for sharing your gifts.

Thanks so much!

Sprittibee said...

I think this was what you wanted:

Thanks sweetie... but this list was for the YEAR. :) And I can't take credit for most of it. God has a way of dropping things in our laps through others... even my children tend to come up with a lot of fun things on their own! It's all good. I'm just along for the ride.

Sherry said...

Wow! There's a lot in that list that could be done by/with older kids, too.



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