What Course Program Should I Choose & When Can I Start?
Full Year Option
Our full program is 32 weeks of work split into 4 terms. It can be started at any time.
If you wish to begin mid-term or mid-year you can still pick up the course from Term One – Week One or another term. However, starting the course at a different week other than week one, will mean your reading schedule may need to be adjusted initially.
Lite Start Option
The Lite Start program is 6 months of work. It can be started at any time. We generally recommend our Lite Start courses for:
- students starting mid-year, or for families who only want half a year of work.
- DIY families preparing their own curriculum who want additional teaching material to supplement work at a grade level.
- students who are repeating a grade.
Unlike the Full Year Option, our Lite Start Courses only meet part of the Australian Curriculum & NSW syllabus requirements for the corresponding grade.
- Upgrade to full version available at an additional cost of $330.
Year 2 Homeschool Curriculum Summary
(Stage 1 NSW Syllabus)
Due to their importance as building blocks for future knowledge, phonics, reading, and numeracy instruction take centre stage in this early stage of your child’s education.
Primary Language Lessons teaches writing skills, grammar, and punctuation skills. Building Literacy teaches phonics, spelling and decoding words. Delightful copywork from Australian and world-renowned world authors is used for handwriting lessons. Our wide variety of poetry, picture books, fiction, and non-fiction across the curriculum gives children an opportunity to develop their vocabulary.
First Maths Lessons, an exclusive Charlotte Mason inspired math curriculum, along with our Living Maths lessons helps teach foundational maths concepts. Our Living Maths Books encourage a wonder of maths.
Science lessons cover physics of sound, weather, rocks and the solar system. Practical lessons such as making a moon chart are included to develop science skills. Charlotte Mason’s emphasis on nature study is featured in all My Homeschool courses.
Humanities (History and Geography)
Australian history and geography dovetail through our literary exploration of place, community, and the map of Australia. We also focus on the life a significant woman in Australian and New Zealand’s history. If you’re looking to learn more about New Zealand, or the world continents, we also provide literature studies and mapping exercises as an extension resource within our full grade courses. World History, a pillar of a Charlotte Mason education, begins in Year 2 with a chronological timeline and stories in ancient history.
At My Homeschool we provide a portion of your creative arts curriculum with our:
- Art Appreciation Course
- Music Appreciation Course
- Handicraft Course
Personal Development. Health and Physical Education (PDHPE)
Choose from our extensive online Physical Education resources to keep your child active. We also provide you with a list of age-appropriate conversation topics to cover for health and personal development.
Simple Language appreciation resources are provided but you will need to purchase additional resources if you wish to focus on teaching a specific language. We give guidance and recommendations on this. Please Note: Languages are not included in the Lite Start Courses.
Extension Work & Global Goodies
Additional materials are available to enhance your child’s lessons or replace some Australian content. This is only included in the Full Year Courses. So, if you are looking for a global approach to education then please consider the Full Year Course rather than the Lite Start Course.
My Year 2 Homeschool Curriculum Wasn’t Working
It was when my first child, I have four, went into Year 2 that my little homeschool began to crumble. My curriculum was all higgledy-piggledy. I had a few textbooks, worksheets and a collection of other random resources. I was enjoying some of the ‘fun stuff’ everyone said you can do when you homeschool, but I was always worried I wasn’t doing enough for my bright little boy. I felt like I was a failure, and to make matters worse, I was always pushing away my younger children so I could ‘do school’. So I reluctantly gave up homeschooling and put my 7 year old son in school for a term.
Luckily, I tried again.
But it wasn’t until I discovered the Charlotte Mason Method of homeschooling that we all began to enjoy homeschool lessons. I ended up homeschooling my children for 18 years – until my fourth child finished homeschooling and went to university. That little boy of mine is now a doctor, and homeschooling didn’t harm him one little bit! However, my DIY method of homeschooling took a lot of planning because I needed to make my curriculum fit with the NSW (NESA) Syllabus. I was exhausted! All my homeschool friends had the same problem, we all needed to meet our state homeschool requirements to stay registered (or get an exemption in South Australia). We all had a different way of meeting the requirements for registration.
What did we do?
Some homeschool friends gave up their educational philosophy and went back to worksheets, textbooks and online tick the box products, some went unregistered and hoped they wouldn’t get caught, some sent their kids back to school and some just lied about what they taught in order to pass registration. One friend even moved states just to avoid registering in NSW. None of those are good options!
But I found a solution.
In 2007, I began helping families get their homeschool registration and put a curriculum together. Ten years later, my team and I launched My Homeschool – a complete and coordinated Charlotte Mason inspired curriculum from Foundation to Year 10. We’ve now helped thousands of families give their kids an inspiring education without having to worry about the stress of: ‘Am I doing enough?’ and “Will I get registered?’ I hope we can help you too!
Story by Michelle Morrow (Founder of My Homeschool)
You would think that by 10:30 everyone would have gone to bed. My Y2 is doing the Lesson 2 Southern Cross in Outdoor Observance. We purchased a good pair of binoculars on Saturday to watch the night sky and Southern Cross and totally lost track of time. I could even see 4 of Jupiter’s moons! Thanks for the enjoyable lessons you provide through My Home School!
I’m really in love with the literature rich style of My Homeschool. I can see the benefit and how it will help us be closer as a family. I have a 3 month old as well and this style lends itself to the busy mum. GREAT WORK!!! I really like the links within the weekly lesson plans. While I love having a book in my hands, it is great if we are out or I don’t have the resource close by, to be able to click on it and use it. My son also likes to click on them and have a perusal before we start. For him it’s not hard to find what we are doing for the week as it is mostly all there laid out.
We are absolutely loving Dot & the Kangaroo!! what a gorgeous story, my children are captivated!!
Really loving A Book for Kids poetry. Puts a smile on our faces.
I am using it to teach 2 children. The only reason I am finding the workload heavy is because I have a 3-month-old. He hasn’t been well (silent reflux), so trying to fit everything in when I have a sick baby has been hard. I have chosen to purchase a course for my younger and give my eldest extension type work. This seems to be working so far. I am loving that I can teach them together, as it feels more like “family learning” rather than “school learning” to me. We are doing it together!!
I just wanted to say thank you for all the effort that’s been put into My Homeschool! I had my AP visit yesterday and it went great! He’s giving me 12 months registration and said if he comes next year and I’m still using the My Homeschool curriculum then he’ll give two years, even for my kindy child who’ll be a new registration. Thank you so much for helping make this transition to homeschooling so much easier and providing such detailed documents. I’m truly grateful!