Purchase: Level 2 curriculum

Level 2
( Grade 2 – Age 7-9 )

You and your child will embark on a journey through the Medieval Era this year. Using Story of the World Volume 2 as your spine, you will learn about knights and castles, the rise of Islam in the Middle East, the Crusades, Vikings, battles and more!

Snuggle up on the couch and enjoy great literature that your whole family will enjoy. Find out what life in a castle was like in Castle Diary, go on a quest to find the Old Man in the Moon with Minli and see how she changes her family’s fortune in Where the Mountain Meets the Moon, and find out how an orphan boy fares when he tries to steal Hamlet from Shakespeare in The Shakespeare Stealer.

The science focus this year is Earth and Space. You will spend the first half of the year learning about space using the DK First Space Encyclopedia, and the second half of the year learning about geography and the planet Earth using the DK First Earth Encyclopedia and The Geography Book.  You will study the planets and complete a research page for each; learn what it’s like to be an astronaut; study volcanoes and earthquakes and learn about maps while making several of your own and so much more.

You and your child will explore great artists and art techniques using Discovering Great Artists, The Children’s Interactive Story of Art and Why is Art Full of Naked People?  as your guides.  Your child will create masterpieces just like the artists that lived during the Middle ages through the Renaissance. These books will be used throughout the rest of the elementary years.

My lesson plans guide you through the school year effortlessly. Your planning is done for you so that you can spend your time on the important things, like teaching your children.

The 291 page PDF lesson plans include:

  • a daily and weekly schedule for 36 weeks of study
  • reading list
  • a set of 6 – 8 narration cards
  • vocabulary words, discussion questions and copywork passages all tied to the literature readings
  • poetry memorization
  • timeline figures
  • research projects
  • 22 activity pages (including mapwork)
  • science lessons and 34 science activity pages
  • art projects

You can see a sample week here:

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Purchase Level 2 – The Medieval World – $34.95

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See the full booklist here:


The Story of the World: History for the Classical Child: The Middle Ages: From the Fall of Rome to the Rise of the Renaissance (Second Revised Edition) (Vol. 2) (Story of the World) (Spine)
The Usborne Internet-Linked Encyclopedia of World History (Spine)
You Wouldn’t Want to Be a Viking Explorer!: Voyages You’d Rather Not Make (You Wouldn’t Want To)
The Making of a Knight
Genghis Khan: The Brave Warrior Who Bridged East and West
Bard of Avon: The Story of William Shakespeare


The Random House Book of Fairy Tales (Spine)
Medieval Tales (Spine)


The Trumpet of the Swan
Ida B: . . . and Her Plans to Maximize Fun, Avoid Disaster, and (Possibly) Save the World
The Silver Balloon
Odd and the Frost Giants
Castle Diary: The Journal of Tobias Burgess
Knight’s Castle
Where the Mountain Meets the Moon
The Mad Wolf’s Daughter
The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane
The Apprentice
The Castle Corona
The Shakespeare Stealer


A Child’s Introduction to Poetry (Spine)


First Space Encyclopedia (Spine for first half of the year)
First Earth Encyclopedia (DK First Reference) (Spine for second half of the year)
The Geography Book: Activities for Exploring, Mapping, and Enjoying Your World (Spine for second half of the year)
Reaching for the Moon
13 Planets: The Latest View of the Solar System (National Geographic Kids)
Mission to Pluto: The First Visit to an Ice Dwarf and the Kuiper Belt
Jump into Science: Rocks and Minerals


Discovering Great Artists: Hands-On Art for Children in the Styles of the Great Masters (Bright Ideas for Learning) (Spine for Levels 2 – 4)
The Children’s Interactive Story of Art (Spine for Levels 2 – 4)
Why is Art Full of Naked People? (Spine for Levels 2 – 4)

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3 Responses to Purchase: Level 2 curriculum

  1. AmyK says:

    We are about 3/4 of the way through this year and have had a blast with this curriculum. My son is 3rd grade age but I chose this curriculum becuase I felt like it would be a better fit for him this year. I also have a 4 year old who happily sits in on all our lessons. The literature is amazing and I like the fact that both my boys find aspects of the characters that they can connect with. Both boys have also enjoyed the documentaries – a few have been a challenge to track down but Netflix or YouTube often have perfect substitutes. I also appreciate that if we are having an off week or not feeling well we can pretty much still get through most of it with no frills, but also have the option to get carried away on a topic of interest. I’d say we spend about 1.5-2 hours a day on the curriculum (including added math) which gives us plenty of time for field trips, documentaries, and projects that extend our learning. We have many in our homeschool community who use BYL and all of us have found it easy to adapt to our various life situations. Thank you for such a rich and wonderful resource!

  2. Stephanie Russell says:

    We are about 7 weeks in to this curriculum and are loving it. This is our second year with Build Your Library.
    My daughter is 12 but has some learning disabilities and even though she’s so much older than the assigned grade, she loves all the books and really gets in to her studies.
    I love this curriculum because it is easy to follow, Emily is always available for questions, and it’s easy to supplement if needed.
    The grandparents, her older siblings, and her dad are always wanting to sit in because there is so much of interest.
    I can’t recommend Build Your Library enough…I’ve tried several others and this has been the perfect fit going on two years. I looks forward to many more!

  3. AnaMaree says:

    Finished year one, now having a bit of extra fun with science, along with working reading, writing and math while building up the books we need to start year two. Love this curriculum, I tell EVERYONE about it! We homeschool in a used bookstore so sometimes I get lucky and a book I need just walks through the door, even if it doesn’t this is still one of the most affordable and AMAZING curriculums I have seen. Flexible, love the book lists. Thank you for your work and for sharing with us!

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