Their motto is “educating the whole child” and I think their curriculum does a great job of providing a good variety of subjects to expose your child to a wide variety of topics. When given the chance to review Global Village’s 2nd grade Curriculum Guide I was pleasantly surprised at how comprehensive their curriculum guide truly is. The book lists are very thorough and divided by ages and subjects.
There is a WONDERFUL selection of books to expose your child to various cultures and countries, which I thought was very nice. I am looking forward to using the list to include in our year to expose my kids to various cultures and countries.
One of our favorite book collections right now is The Magic Treehouse and Global Village uses these books as a basis for their history and science, which I thought was really interesting. And this was a big plus to my daughter. In fact, one of their immersion project samples included in the guide involves one of The Magic Tree House books used for history in 2nd grade.
If you are new to homeschooling, the guide provides some wonderful guidance, planning sheets, and positive reinforcement as you begin your homeschooling journey. I thought some of the articles were great and a nice reminder to anyone homeschooling, no matter how long. It reiterated some of the reasons that we homeschool and gave me some reminders on things I was to accomplish in my own homeschool.
The book lists are very living book/classically based, which is great for us as we are a living book/classical homeschool. In fact, we had many of the books in the 2nd grade curriculum already, which was great. Some we had already read, but most we had not. And the great thing about the curriculum guide is that it includes reading lists for every age, not just 2nd grade. I found some listed that we had forgotten about and plan to include this year.
This is a very thorough and flexible curriculum. There are many hints on how to expand a subject or change for your child. I really enjoyed reading through the curriculum guide, trying out some of the activities, looking into some of the books, and look forward to incorporating some of it into our curriculum this year.
*Disclaimer: I was given a complimentary of Global Village Curriculum Guide, Grade 2 for the purpose of facilitating my review. No monetary compensation was given. All opinions expressed herein are unbiased and not influenced by the developing company or its affiliates in any way.*