Elementary Plans for a Creative Kid: 2nd Grade – 4th Grade

creativeMy youngest child is finishing up 1st grade now and to get an overall picture of what we will cover in the next few years, I did some long-term plans for her. This child is a highly creative visual-spatial learner.  This typically requires some kind of creative approach to each subject.  Sometimes I use an item as intended and other times I adapt it to fit my kid.  This child also loves documentaries so I will be using them heavily in our unit study approach to science and history.

I use an eclectic approach to learning and often use bits of one thing and pieces of another and mesh them together into something that works.  Right now I’m taking a dabbling approach to foreign languages.  She has been learning Greek, Arabic, and Mandarin for a couple years and in 2nd grade I’m adding French and German.  When she gets closer to middle school we will cut down her languages to French plus one or two languages that she prefers.

The grade levels listed are just general guidelines.  We will just get done what gets done.  If we don’t have time for something, we will drop it or bump it to the next year.



I’m not sure we will make it through all of these.  If not, I’ll bump them and we’ll finish them in 5th grade along with a microbiology unit study.


History and Geography

Language Arts

Read Alouds

2nd grade – The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, Prince Caspian, Peter Pan, The Reluctant Dragon, American Tall Tales, Heidi, Runny Babbit, James and the Giant Peach, Just So Stories, The Jungle Book, and The Little Princess

3rd grade – The Secret Garden, The Tale of Despereaux, Dr. Dolittle, Black Beauty, Mary Poppins, Pollyanna, Wind in the Willows, From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, Anne of Green Gables, and Lassie Come Home

4th grade – The Prince and the Pauper, The Incredible Journey, The Indian in the Cupboard, Little Women, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The Swiss Family Robinson, The Story of My Life, Christmas Carol, and Gentle Ben


Finish this list before moving on to Henry Huggins, Paddle to the Sea, My Father’s Dragon trilogy, The Hundred Dresses, The Apple and the Arrow, Number the Stars, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator, The Enormous Crocodile, Yearling, Phantom Tollbooth, Caddie Woodlawn, BFG, Island of the Blue Dolphins, Misty of Chincoteague, Johnny Tremain, A Wrinkle in Time, Matilda, Wizard of Oz, Old Yeller, and Adventures of Tom Sawyer


Foreign Language






Fine Arts





Computer skills


  1. We do German and Spanish in our homeschool. Can you tell me how you choose resources, especially for K-2? We tend to go back and forth using alot of different things. You seem to have more focus. How much time do you devote to each language? I would love to hear more details. Our children are 7 and 3.

    • Eclectic Homeschooling

      It depends on the language and how I can make it work for us. If I find something that works, I stick with it. If not, I try different things from my library or purchase something for adults that I can follow and adapt it for my kids. In early elementary it was typical for us to spend about 30 minutes a day on all languages. Our days vary so we don’t necessarily hit that number every day and some days might be more. HTH

  2. Love how organized you always are with regard to curriculum. I need to get better at organizing it in this way. Currently, I have a ton of books that we work from with no real rhyme or reason. I mean, we’re finishing them and whatnot but no true plan.
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