My favorite little known curriculum has formed the spine of our Language Arts programs for year one and two - Language Lessons Through Literature by Kathy Jo DeVore (either in book form 500+ pages or an ibook format). The program has 108 lessons per year (so 3 lessons a week). You read a chapter of a great work of literature (Pinocchio, Blue Fairy Books, Five Children and It) and every lesson also includes an Aesop fable, and poem picked out for you. On a rotating basis she introduces maxims, Bible verses and picture study, along with memory work like the months of the year, seasons, parts of speech, etc. The workbook has the copywork sentences (which include sentences from the book you are reading, poetry, Bible verses and maxims - depending on the day), space for narrations, and sentences for identifying parts of speech (year 2).
She goes through a book faster than some CM adherents might - 3 chapters a week instead of 1. She also might have children write more than CM would - but you as a mom - can decide what is best for your children. Plus, with only 3 lessons scheduled you can spread it out through the week.
The workbooks make it easy to use but she does have the copywork and other items in the text itself so you could make your own copywork sheets from it if you'd like. You receive the workbook as a PDF so you can use the program for multiple children - just print off what you need, when you need it. It also has 5 different fonts available - so choose what your family likes to use. She also has the art prints - in color - for free that you can download as a PDF file and then use them as you like (or just look at them on the computer).
It brings together so many things in one place. It appears she has just created a year 3 - so I will be looking into that! It appears she introduces diagramming at this stage. She has plans for more too.
I think it is great for a gentle approach to literature. She does not delve into spelling or learning how to read but she covers pretty much everything else you would want for your first and second grade child. Her books are printed through Lulu and about 2 or 3 times a year they have a 15% to 20% off discount sale - so you can wait to get them then if you watch for the sales.