2nd grade LA

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    My son will be in 2nd gr this new school year.
    My plans for CM LA for him is as follows:

    Read aloud to mom or sibling

    Copywork 2x/week

    Oral Narrations

    He is interested in reading beginning chapter book series. We tried Boxcar Children and Imagination Station, but they’re still a little advanced for him. Is there a more beginner friendly wholesome series you can recommend? He is set on starting a series and I don’t want to ruin the excitement.

    Any suggestions, wisdom to share on his LA for 2nd gr would be greatly appreciated.


    When my ds was starting with chapter books he just LOVED Little Bear, he read them all over and over. Frog and Toad also. So fun. He still talks fondly of Little Bear, like an old friend. There is another cowboy one for kids he really liked too, cant remember what it was. I a, sure I found it in Honey for a Child’s Heart. I highly recommend that resource if you don’t have it already. Oh just remembered –  Billy and Blaze.


    Thanks! He loves Frog and Toad and Littler Bear and all the  Arnold Lobel books! They definitely have helped to build up confidence and fluency.

    thank you for suggesting Billy & Blaze! We own the first book and he loves it!

    Honey For a Child’s Heart is now in my amazon cart! Thanks.


    Here are more

    Danny and the Dinosaur

    Clifford the Big Red Dog

    Amelia Bedelia

    It seems like books go from super easy to 4th grade ish with little in between. My ds actually really enjoyed the McGuffy readers also. Here are a few more we loved, a bit harder

    Mr. Poppers Penguins

    The Story of Ferdinand

    Mrs. Piggle Wiggle

    Homer Price (I highly recommend for a little boy, chapters are a complete little story, very satisfying to finish)

    The Cricket in Times Square

    Charlottes Web


    Sorry, I could go on forever….




    It sounds like he is ready for short chapter books.  We liked Cam Jansen, Nate the Great, and Three Cousins Detective Club.

    Another series to check on is The Happy Hollisters.  It may be at the same level as The Boxcar Children though.

    He could also read books by Clyde Robert Bulla.  Many are used in Sonlight.  You might find more ideas from them, too.


    Do you plan to teach him cursive writing?  You could add that.


    Thank you all for your great input.

    No cursive yet. Maybe next year. He’s ALL BOY and does not like to write. Will be using Getty Dubay Book B this year. Book C introduces cursive

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