1st Grade Homeschool Curriculum Choices

1st Grade Homeschool Curriculum Choices

My daughter is 6 and going into 1st grade this year. Below are the 1st grade homeschool curriculum choices we have made for Ladybug!

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1st Grade Subjects

We will not be doing all of these every day. Follow along with us and I will share throughout the year so you can see how it all fits in!


The Weekly Plan

Here’s how I think it will all fit together in a week.  This is my first draft of a weekly outline. We are very flexible and will adjust as needed. You will notice her heavier days are Tuesday, Thursday and Friday – this is because these are K’s long gymnastics days and he is gone. I do his heavier schooling on Monday and Wednesday, which is why those are lighter days for her.

    1st Grade Weekly


    More Thoughts

    Reading ~ All About Reading Level 2 ~ This is the obvious next step for us as she completes level 1.  We are very pleased with All About Reading and my daughter loves it.

    Spelling ~ All About Spelling Level 1 ~  We used this with our boys and are hoping it works just as well for her!

    Grammar ~ We will be using First Language Lessons Level 1 and Growing with Grammar Level 1.  I really like the differing approaches, and both are very simple and don’t take a lot of time each day. I also created a set of PowerPoints to go along with the poems she will be memorizing this year through First Language Lessons.

    Handwriting ~ Logic of English Cursive ~ I am going to try again with her, we will see if it will work.  My oldest learned cursive in 1st grade, my middle learned in 2nd grade.  I may have to postpone this but it’s on my list.

    Writing ~ Write Shop Primary A will be our main curriculum.  I bought this years ago and it sat on my shelf.  We will now put it to use!  We will also be doing more free writing using my Story Starters cards.

    Daily Literacy Practice ~ We just love this series and will be continuing on.  This is an independent activity for her to get more practice.

    Science ~ I chose a simple workbook format to keep things easy.  I looked at a few and landed on Evan-Moor Skill Sharpeners.  I really like the images, lessons, experiments and layout of the book.  She is using the K book right now for the summer and already loves it. I think this is a good fit for us. We are also using The Curious Kid’s Science Book.

    Bible ~ Picture Smart Bible K-3 Old Testament ~ She will do this with Krash {4th grade}.

    Character ~ We Choose Virtues ~ I decided to go back to this {we used it years ago} because I think Ladybug will really like the illustrations and simple stories to reinforce character qualities.

    USA Geography ~ We will focus on the United States this year with my two youngest {1st and 4th grade}.  You can see our USA Geography plan here.

    Group Subjects  ~ Ladybug will join the boys for world history, world geography, and US history.  She really enjoys these lessons and fits right in with us!

    Math ~ We will be doing loads of math with our Spielgaben set, math apps we love, Mathseeds, and using our Life of Fred A-D set.  I have no concrete plan and will adjust as we move along.  I am planning to use Teaching Textbooks 3 {which is closer to a 2nd grade level} when she is ready for a formal curriculum.  That may be near the end of her 1st grade year, or the following year.  They have great placement tests so I will just start her when I feel she is ready!  Follow along with us and you will see when that is!


    The Visual Version

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    You can see our 4th grade choices here and our 8th grade choices here.

    4th Grade Homeschool Curriculum Choices  8th Grade Homeschool Curriculum Choices

    Stick around and see our homeschool year unfold!

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    Inspire Me! Story Starter Photo Cards ~ Summer Fun Theme

    Summer Fun Story Starters Printables

    Sometimes young writers have a hard time putting their thoughts on paper.  When I used to teach Kindergarten, writing was actually my favorite subject to teach, but many children struggled with it.  In my homeschool, my boys have struggled the most with being free writers.  My daughter is much more willing to write and I am trying to find unique ways to encourage and inspire her to just have fun with writing. I have been brainstorming for awhile; trying to come up with a consistent, fun, and engaging way to have her writing for fun on a regular basis. 

    I love photographs and using them in teaching.  Many of our printables feature real photographs in place of cute clipart. The idea of using a simple photo to inspire thought for free writing is where my brainstorm ended up. I decided to create a series of printable story starter cards featuring photographs based around a theme. Inspire Me! is the name I landed on.

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    Each set features a simple photograph on the front, with word ideas on the back.  The word ideas were added as a way to give young writers confidence with a few key words spelled correctly right there for them to refer to. Often children feel lost and dislike not being able to spell.  For my boys especially, this would cause them to freeze.  The word ideas are to help that type of child, the one who loses all ideas, mostly due to their fear of not writing correctly.

    For our first set, I chose a summer theme since it is HOT where we are!

    See a video walk through here showing you our cards and the extra printables we use alongside of them.

    Below you can see some action shots of my daughter using these.  She chooses a card from the set, chooses her writing paper {I allow her to choose if she feels like drawing that day or not}, grabs her Try-It Sheet, and starts writing.  Right now she is only writing one sentence but this will increase as we move along.

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    We have more themes coming and all will be released here on my blog for FREE.  I will also be listing sets in my Teacher’s Notebook Shop.  Be sure to subscribe to our blog posts so you don’t miss any of our free printables!

    Themes coming soon…

    • birds
    • bugs
    • cats
    • people
    • flowers Have a theme idea for a set? Leave me a comment!

    Download your free Summer Fun Story Starters here!

    Inspire Me Story Starters Summer Fun

    Recently we shared a few other printables that were created to go along with these new story starters! 

    Choose your Own Writing Paper[4][3]  Choose Your Own Alphabet Chart[4]  Young Writer Printables

    4th Grade Homeschool Curriculum Choices

    4th Grade Homeschool Curriculum Choices

    My middle son is 9 and going into 4th grade this year.  Below are the 4th grade homeschool curriculum choices we have made for Krash!

    Curious to see what he did in the past {since I’ve been blogging}?

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    4th Grade Subjects

    FLL 2 TT 5 GWG 3 Spectrum Vocabulary 4AAS 4 WS_Junior_D Evan Moor Science 4th PSB Elementary United States Geography Homeschool Plan for Elementary


    These are his required reads for the year.  We will be going through each of these together.  All are from Calvert’s 4th grade program which I used with PacMan.

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    Optional choices from the books we own are pictured below.  You can see I sticker our chapter books with an approximate grade level to help with sorting and choosing. These are the ones marked 4th grade. We will also utilize the library a lot for other books!  He usually reads at night, and that’s when he will choose his own books from our stack and our current library stack.

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    There may be more to come, or some changes, but this is our list for now and all of this has been purchased! We will see what the year holds!

    You can see our 1st Grade choices here and our 8th grade choices here.

    1st Grade Homeschool Curriculum Choices  8th Grade Homeschool Curriculum Choices

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    8th Grade Homeschool Curriculum Choices

    8th Grade Homeschool Curriculum Choices

    My oldest son is 13 and going into 8th grade this year.  Below are the 8th grade homeschool curriculum choices we have made!

    Curious to see what he did in the past {since I’ve been blogging}?

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    8th Grade Subjects

    Sonlight Core 130 American Historical Literature Write Shop 1GWG 8 Apologia Physical Science Teaching Textbooks Algebra 1

    There may be more to come, or some changes, but this is our list for now and all of this has been purchased! We will see what the year holds!

    See our 4th Grade choices here and our 1st Grade choices here.

    1st Grade Homeschool Curriculum Choices  4th Grade Homeschool Curriculum Choices

    Stick around and see our homeschool year unfold!

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    Group Homeschool Subjects Year-End Review

    All Together Subjects Homeschool Curriculum Choices Year-End Review

    The homeschool curriculum choices blog posts are great, but what I really want to know is what families thought AFTER they used the curriculum they chose!  I will be sharing a series of posts with you; evaluating our choices in each grade level and our group subjects.

    As a reminder, here is our original All Together Homeschool Curriculum Choices post.

    World History ~ Mystery of History Volume 1

    I love Mystery of History and it was a great fit for all three of my kids. We did not get through all of Volume 1 as I had planned, but that’s OK!  We will pick up where we left off and move on to Volume 2 when we finish with 1.

    We brought the notebooking pages in later in the year and I enjoyed using these with all three kids.  We will use these next year too.

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    US History/Geography ~ YWAM US History

    We read 4 books, and enjoyed them all!  I had hoped to read at least 4, with a hopeful goal of 6.  I am pleased with 4 given the crazy year we had!  We read Christopher Columbus, John Smith, William Penn and Benjamin Franklin. We did a few extra things for our Christopher Columbus study, and had some fun toys we used during our John Smith book.  But overall, we learned through reading and didn’t do many extras.  I enjoyed this a lot and I think it’s because it was very low planning and low pressure.  Just pick up the book, read, and learn as we read!

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    World Geography ~ Geography & Cultures, Little Passports, Continent Boxes 

    In the beginning of the year we used the book, Passport to the World and our country cards.  This was such a nice and simple way to explore the world together, I really enjoyed it. After finishing that, we began another book and method and honestly it just wasn’t as fun as the first method.  I even shared our first set of printables here, but I have decided to use a different book with my kids, and yes I have a new set of printables coming.  Sadly – for those of you who liked that first set, the rest will not be coming, since we won’t be finishing that book. I like the book, it just wasn’t a great fit for us to focus on as our main book for world geography. Stay tuned to see what we have chosen to use!

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    Bible ~ Picture Smart Bible, What’s in the Bible? DVDs & Coloring Book

    We stayed consistent with What’s in the Bible through the first half of the year and honestly with all of the busy-ness it just faded away. We never even started Picture Smart Bible, mostly because of our crazy life. I will be using both of these with my younger kids this coming year.

    Music ~ Young Scholars Guide to Composers

    I totally let this one go after 2 lessons.  The boys weren’t really into it and I didn’t need anything extra on my plate so I let it go, for now at least.  I like the curriculum, it just wasn’t the right timing for us.

    Want to see more of our All Together time in action? Browse through our wrap-up posts, they are listed in order here and there’s a section for each of my kids in each post.

    Stay tuned, I will be sharing our year-end review for our All Together subjects.  I will also be sharing our curriculum choices for 8th grade, 4th grade, 1st grade and All Together subjects.

    We already shared our Kindergarten Year-End Review, 7th Grade Year-End Review and our 3rd Grade Year-End Review.

    Kindergarten Homeschool Curriculum Choices Year-End Review 3rd Grade Homeschool Curriculum Choices Year-End Review 7th Grade Homeschool Curriculum Choices Year-End Review