First Grade is here for my Little Francesco! It’s not so bad that my soon-to-be six year old is headed for the next grade, though it’s a little sad Kindergarten is over for him. After all, the older he is, the more he understands and the more fun projects and science experiments we get to do! So after quite a bit of googling, advice seeking, and homeschool book reading, I’ve finally come away with our first grade curriculum picks that my Little Man will get to do. Here they are:
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The Fun Core Stuff
These are our every day subjects. It takes about 3 hours to go through these.
Bible Study Guide for all Ages
I used this program in Kindergarten and my son really loved it so we’re continuing it this year. Even during the break between grades, he was begging to do it!
A simple, straight forward approach to learning how to read. Sounding out words is not the only thing it teaches, but also the rules for reading and spelling.
Handwriting Without Tears
I should have had this in Kindergarten. Wonderful program for teaching handwriting, letter formation, and sentence structure.
Spelling You See
This program follows the phonetic spelling of words. There are no weekly spelling lists or tests. Repetition and phonetic deduction are the keys in this series.
Praised for the way it teaches you to really understand math concepts, instead of by rote flash card memorization of math facts, Singapore Math teaches you how to think rather than what to think.
The Fun Elective Stuff
We’ll be exploring the other subjects on a more child-interest basis. More as a resource than to be used as a set curriculum, these resources are helpful in learning about how the world works. And there’s always the inevitable several times a month field trip and nature walk!
Exploring Creation with Astronomy
Science is my favorite subject and is quickly become my son’s as well. He’s fascinated with space and weather so that’s what we’re learning this year. I couldn’t be more pleased with Apologia’s conversational style of writing in the “Exploring Creation” series. He’s really engaged and listening, rather than trying to digest a boring lecture. It’s filled with applicable experiments too!
Lightning, thunder, and tornadoes, my little guy is fascinated by them. We’re doing science experiments!
Snap Circuits Green
Super fun hands-on learning about alternative energy using Snap Circuits. Very clever way for kids to become engaged in learning about electricity.
Story of the World
World History in the form of a story. It also comes with an activity book and is available on audio CD so it brings a new voice into the room, rather than just listening to me read it. It really brings history alive for a young child.
Little House on the Prairie
We’re going to be reading through The Little House on the Prairie books to help set the stage for what life was like for children more than a hundred years ago on the prairie.
To supplement history and give it a more hands-on approach, I got some History Pockets on the Native American tribes.
Wee Sing America
Music plays a huge role in American history, especially patriotic songs and what a great age to start learning them.
This book is like taking an adventure on paper. It teaches directions, distances, reading maps, and more. It’ll be used in addition to Geocaching expeditions and lessons on how to use a compass in the field.
This is a great little experiment kit for learning about primary physics. How do things work? Let’s find out!
A kids book of vocabulary for young kids just learning Spanish.
This is a very funny Spanish tv show that slowly introduces the language to kids through fairy tales. It’s all free too!
American Sign Language
Signing Time is available for free on Netflix! Rachael teaches signs to kids with her fun songs and repetition.
The ultimate unit study book to pull from when we need something fun to do!
The Usborne Very Big Maze Book
Yeah, it’s fun!