My little 1st grader just completed her K year during which we moved very slowly and even completed some parts of the curriculum twice. She was only on the cusp of being ready for K work.
Throughout the year, she really grew in confidence and maturity. She slowly caught on to concepts in math and reading and developed a thirst for learning. Now, she’s an extremely motivated and determined learner who wants to be challenged and learn new things.
I’ve changed up my 1st grade plans completely from past years. I needed something new and fresh for my 5th time teaching this grade level. We have some new curriculum from different publishers and I think it will be just the thing to infuse some excitement into our homeschool.
My little 1st grader is the tag-a-long to her older siblings. She’s my tiny little blonde pixie who is always fighting for her voice to be heard above the noise of our house. She’s become very independent and determined from a young age – something about trying to keep up with her older siblings. She’s the opposite of Peter Pan – she’s so ready to grow up and be like the bigger kids.
While I don’t want to rush her, I do want her to feel like she’s a part of our school day and that she has curriculum to challenge and interest her. So, I’ve planned out a year where she’ll be doing a few school things with her 3rd grade sister and listening to a lot of selections during our group school time.
We school somewhat year-round with our trimester schedule, so I’ve written out our subjects according to when we’ll study them throughout the year.
Here is 1st grade:
- Bible: The Quest for Kids (with mom)
- Vocabulary: Vocabulary Cartoons
- Handwriting: Zaner Bloser 1
- Latin: Song School Latin
- Logic: Books from Prufrock Press and Critical Thinking Company
- Literature: Readers in Residence
- Math: Right Start B
- Spelling: All About Spelling 2
- Spanish: Song School Spanish and DuoLingo
- Reading: All About Reading 2
As a group:
- History: The World’s Story 1 from Master Books
- Geography: Drawing Geography books and Passport to the World from Master Books
- Apologetics: Case for a Creator and If I Could Ask God Anything
As a group:
- Science: God’s Design Chemistry
- Finances: Whatever Happened to Penny Candy?, Money Matters for Teens, and Financial Discipleship
- Government: Notgrass Uncle Sam and You
For the group school, she’s listening in with her older siblings. She’ll do some simple narration and copy work to go along with our readings. But she won’t be required to do much other than listen to stories and color some pictures.
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