Wife, Mummy, Nurse: Our First Grade Homeschool Curriculum

12 September 2016

Our First Grade Homeschool Curriculum

Last Tuesday, my daughter started 1st grade!!! Where has the time gone? It seems like yesterday that I was blogging about breastfeeding her and using cloth diapers on her. Today, I spend my days teaching her.

We're using Singapore Primary Mathematics 1A and 1B (textbooks and workbooks) this year.

We'll be reading the literature suggestions aloud and continuing with Alpha-Phonics and handwriting.

Social studies
Last year we primarily used Five in a Row, and I loved it. I plan on using it on my son when he's in kindergarten. This year, I wanted something more chronological, especially with history. We're using Story of the World volume 1, but we're not starting this until October (after we move to our new rental house).

Now, I'm currently using Five in a row; we will be rowing through the remaining books we have (in volume 1):
Stopping by woods on a snowy evening by Robert Frost (completed last week)
Very last first time by Jan Andrews (working on this week)
Papa Piccolo by Carol Talley
Mike Mulligan and his steam shovel by Virginia Lee Burton
Storm in the night by Mary Stolz

I did not purchase a curriculum. I am going through the science chapter in What your first grader needs to know. I'll have my daughter read various books about those topics and complete a worksheets that I find on Teachers Pay Teachers and other educational websites.

My daughter loves art; me-not so much. Since Charis enjoys it, I am going through The Usborne complete book of art ideas and working on different techniques and projects suggested in that book. Charis will also study three different artists this year: Leonardo da Vinci, Diego Revera, and another TBD.

We're going through Music: Hit the right note! When I find free worksheets, I print them off and have her do them in order to add to her portfolio.

Health/Physical education
Honestly, I think of these more as together, but the state of Maryland separates these. I also don't plan a ton of things for health and physical education. If I find a book at the library that pertains to either, I borrow it, read it to my daughter, and have her fill out a worksheet about the topic. For PE, I just try to get my children out of the house and walk to the library, the playground, Aldi, etc. with them. 

We're still working our way through The complete book of starter Spanish. Currently, we're learning the Spanish alphabet and learn 2-3 new letters each week.

The biggest thing we're doing in this area is having consistent family worship and learning these Scripture verses from verse pack 1 at Simply Charlotte Mason.

What curriculum are you using in your homeschool?
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1 comment:

  1. You are such a great mom. Your daughter is going to learn a lot of good stuff. Keep it up !! 😁