I have started thinking about next year's school recently. I *love* Sonlight, and have no plans to stop using it at this point, but I am thinking about doing something different next year for one reason: I want to combine Aaron and Ethan so that they are doing the same Bible, history, geography, science, and art/music each year. They will each still have their own age appropriate math and language arts. This will greatly cut down on my hands-on instruction time and allow me to homeschool all four children a bit better when they are all old enough for that. So far, Aaron has completed the first three "core" curriculum packages from Sonlight, and if I move him on to the next one for next year, Ethan would not get much out of it and I think would be frustrated much of the time. I think it would be better to do a Sonlight K option with Ethan next year and do something totally different with Aaron, then combine them for their 1st and 3rd grade years with the next core package from Sonlight. This opens up so many options for Aaron, and I am getting so excited about the possibilities as I think about it! I have always been interested in Galloping the Globe. This is a geography program that covers all 7 continents in 36 lessons. It has Bible, science, history, art activities, cooking, and literature along with the geography for each country, so alone it covers quite a bit. I also have wanted to try Bible Study Guide for All Ages. Doing this would also allow me to focus more on art, music, and foreign language with Aaron for a year. I think it could kind of be a good year to do all those things that look great but that I don't have time to add to my Sonlight core right now.
Anyway, since the sky's the limit here, I'm curious to gather ideas from all the other home schoolers that I know to put a great 2nd grade year together for Aaron. What things do you think I should look into? What have you loved doing with your 2nd grader (or close to that age)?
Oh, and I need ideas for his reading for next year. He can read at a much more advanced level than he can handle topic wise. I am at a loss as to what to do for him. I don't really want a "reading" book full of selections that have been written by B-rate authors to fit a character quality or theme to make a well-rounded reader. I'd much rather have something critically acclaimed or classically relevant or spiritually significant. Ideas?