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What Your Second Grader Needs to Know: Fundamentals of a Good Second-Grade Education Revised (Core Knowledge)

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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. De
Paperback, 384 pages
Published July 13th 1999 by Delta (first published 1991)
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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 ...more
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 ...more
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
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.
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.
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.
Kristy Powers
It's hard to figure out how to rate the books in this series. I do like them, I like their explanations, I like what they include for the most part, but I'm not about to read aloud from them and call that our education. They can come in handy.
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. :)
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.
Good all round guide - we're using this series as a way to help us keep out homeschool lessons targeted to the right level.
My children loved the collection of literature. This made for fun read-aloud time.
Basic guide to information and topics to explore with second grade learners.
Cacey Hopper
Great school resource, highly recommend for anyone homeschooling!
I will be adding these books to my collection!
I use as a reference book.
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Eric Donald Hirsch, Jr. (born March 22, 1928) is an American educator and academic literary critic. Now retired, he was until recently the University Professor of Education and Humanities and the Linden Kent Memorial Professor Emeritus of English at the University of Virginia. He is best known for his writings about cultural literacy.
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