Calvert 1st Grade Sight Word Printables

Krash is using Calvert 1st grade, and it is still the same as when PacMan used it!  I remember thinking during Pac’s year how much a few things would have helped me.  I am working now to create those things and will be sharing them here as I get them done for any of you who are using or will be using Calvert First Grade!  If you aren’t using Calvert, these posts won’t be of much interest to you, sorry!

Next up, Sight Word Printables!

Calvert 1st Grade Sight Word Printables

I wanted some simple printables to highlight the sight words of the week.  Many of these words are review for Krash since he completed You Can Read, but many of the words will be new this year! I created 3 different {and very simple} activities, which all join together to display the current words as another visual aid in learning them.

First ~ on the day the words are introduced, I am having Krash color the words {shown on top left}.

Second ~ the following day, I have him trace the words {shown far right}

Third ~ I have him write the words in the blank boxes, from memory if he can. {shown in middle}. 

You can think creatively with any of these, even using the first as a play dough mat, or using creative materials for tracing/creating words {markers, colored pencils, pipe cleaners, Wiki Stix}. If you use Calvert, you know they offer work with sight words also in the Reading Work Pages, and in the manual.  I just wanted an extra repetitive review each week to make sure he knows the current and past words.  I hope these help some of you who are using Calvert 1st grade!

>~> Download Calvert 1st Grade Sight Word Printables Below <~<

Word Coloring

Word Tracing

Word Writing

Other Calvert 1st Grade Posts and Printables…

Calvert 1st Grade Printables

Krash is using Calvert 1st grade, and it is still the same as when PacMan used it!  I remember thinking during Pac’s year how much a few things would have helped me.  I am working now to create those things and will be sharing them here as I get them done for any of you who are using or will be using Calvert First Grade!  If you aren’t using Calvert, these posts won’t be of much interest to you, sorry!

First up, Lesson Planning Printables!

1st Grade Lesson Planning Sheet

The manual is wonderful, but large!  I find it easier to have the basics on one page for each week.  I listed the main subject areas on the left, in no particular order.  I also included a blank page in case you’d like to list yours differently!

I use a pencil to write on these, then put them in a binder for the year.  We also use their ATS assessment service, so I file the assessments in groups also.  That way everything is in one notebook all year long. I do it the same way with PacMan too, he will be in 5th grade this year.

>~> Download Calvert 1st Grade Lesson Planning Printables Here <~<

I have these lesson plans available for 3rd Grade Calvert here.

More Calvert 1st Grade Printables coming soon!  See our curriculum post here.  I will be updating our curriculum post for the 012-2013 school year soon!

Kindergarten Plans for Krash

I have gotten a few emails recently asking about our Kindergarten plans, and it is about time I share our plans with you!  We are not fall grade starters, but move up when they are ready.  Krash is ready and we actually just began Calvert Kindergarten, while also finishing up his last few RRSP lessons.

Why both?  Well, we get Calvert through our state Cyber School for free {info here in this FAQ post, and here} and I used it with Pac Man and know what to expect.  I supplement a lot of my own stuff, but use Calvert as the base.  Pac Man began Calvert K right around this time {when he was almost 5-their birthdays are both in spring} and has done really well.  I want to finish our RRSP units, even though Krash has “grown out of” much of it.  I still want to do the Bible applications and finish it to completion! 

Transition Plans…

I plan to do simple posts for the last few RRSP letters, basically so new users can see each letter in action with a blog post.  Krash is no longer doing any additional preschool letter work based around the unit as he was.  His supplemental work is now coming from his K program and also a new sight word program I developed for him {MANY details coming in a couple of weeks}.

I plan to start sharing “Kindergarten with Krash” posts every couple of weeks to keep you posted on what he is doing. 

While we are in the transition phase of completing RRSP and beginning Kindergarten-I will try to do both blog posts.  We have 6 RRSP units left to complete and I may actually do 2 per week, because he has really advanced beyond the program for the most part.  We are only doing a few components currently.

If we wouldn’t have skipped so many weeks of RRSP {vacations, other focus themes, and some laziness on my part} we would be finished with RRSP by now and the timing would be perfect, but for a few weeks we will overlap and he won’t even know the difference-it’s all just school to him!

Out of the Zone ~ Lessons 11-20

out of the zone2 We have completed 20 lessons of Calvert’s 3rd grade and we continue to like it a lot. Things are going MUCH better now that we are this far into the groove.

3rd grade math continues to move fast and Pac continues to love it. He is confident in math and catches on quickly to everything being taught so far.

For spelling, he has continued to score perfect scores on his post-tests, which truly amazes me. He comes up with strategies on his own-I guess he is a better speller than I gave him credit for!! He continues to use “Calvert Mastery Spelling” and I think it really helps.

He continues to use and love the cool computer programs that are integrated into Calvert.

I am BLOWN AWAY with his writing. Seriously, this kid has went from a VERY reluctant writer to begging me to write MORE than required!!!! I think it is due to the fact that he is more confident in his handwriting now and doesn’t have to think as much about handwriting and spelling. His thoughts and ideas can flow faster and more freely now. He is really impressing me! His story called “City Kid” really touched me. I don’t have a photo of it, so here it is {copied exactly}…

“We live in the inner city because we are missionaries. God called us to the inner city so we can help people.Our neighborhood is noisy, crowded, and busy. There is a lot of people. We live in a row home at __________ Ave. Our home is made of brick. A good thing is that I have friends and a great church. But a bad thing is a lot of crime, drugs, and trash. Sometimes I wish I didn’t live in the city. But I know God called us here.”

For reading he read “The Waterfall” and we explored the story in many ways. He continues to do well with comprehension, although I did notice the questions and depth of what is required of him is shaking him up a bit! image

Science is a favorite this year, for both of us. We studied living things, focusing on plants. It was fun to get out his Flowers & Plants Lapbook and relearn things we already spent lots of time on a few years ago!

Geography is coming SO easy for him, our USA PowerPoints have really helped. He is an awesome map reader ;-).

We have decided to stop Mythology, his instructional supervisor with our cyber charter school said this is fine-as it is optional. He can learn about it later, it just doesn’t feel right to me now for him…way to graphic for what we are comfortable with.

We are both loving the Famous Americans book! During this school period we have studied these people: Nathan Hale, George Washington, and Thomas Jefferson.

He completed his assessments which I send into our cyber school. He is tested in each subject, which gives me a great picture of where he is at with everything we have covered. I am not allowed to look or talk to him while he takes the tests, but of course I peek when I prep them for sending. He did really well, scoring perfectly on several items{spelling, math, science, SS, geography, phonics}. He had to write complete sentence answers for some questions that were really thought provoking and struggled with those a bit. I think that section really caught him off guard as he is used to multiple choice or one word answers!

See more Out of the Zone posts all about teaching Pac Man here!

Out of the Zone ~ Lessons 1-10

out of the zone2 We have completed 10 lessons of Calvert’s 3rd grade and I am loving it so far.  I am wanting to keep more of a journal for Pac Man {which I neglected to do for 1st and 2nd grades ~ bad mommy}, but better to start now than not ever!  I did well with journaling {privately and on this blog} for his PreK and Kindergarten year and want to do better for him.  Honestly I am learning new things right along with him now {relearning most} and it is fun!  I am enjoying 3rd grade so much more than I thought I would.  I also think the grandparents {and maybe some of you} will enjoy reading specifics about what he is learning.


I am amazed with how fast 3rd grade math has moved.  Pac Man LOVES math though so this is fun for me since I hate math!  He is very easy to teach so far.  Daddy also loves math so he casually teaches the boys lots of math skills before we even get to them in school!  Pac Man has flown right through many new math skills so far with no trouble at all.

For spelling, I still would choose to do All About Spelling, but for now Pac Man is doing well with the spelling book we are using with Calvert, I will be adding in AAS lessons as needed down the road as needed..  For his first 2 pretests he got 9/14 correct and then finished both with a perfect score for the post-test!  Calvert has an awesome online program called “Calvert Mastery Spelling” which gives Pac a simple activity each day to work with the words.  He loves this and I think it really helps.

Speaking of the computer, he has some cool programs that are integrated into Calvert.  The technology lessons are wonderful and he really enjoys them.  He is currently learning typing and has already learned many word processing skills.  IMG_5303 Daddy actually walked in and saw him working and said, “man, I don’t even know how to do some of that!”  Pac loves the computer {like me} so this is really fun for him!  Calvert also has daily check points online, which are brief review questions for each subject taught that day.  He logs in and takes the checkpoints and I can easily see his scores immediately to see anything we need to review.

He doesn’t usually like Calvert writing lessons, at least he didn’t for 2nd grade.  But, this year he has more freedom to construct his own stories and he is really enjoying it so far.  Once I got him over the “I hate writing” attitude, he was good to go for the most part.  His first story assignment was “School at Home” which I think he did really well on!IMG_6469

My favorite line… ”I am excited because my mom is going to keep the little kids away from me.” ;-)


For reading he really enjoyed his first stories, “The Lost and Found,” and  “The Ballad of Mulan.”  Would you believe we have never even seen the Disney movie Mulan, and I was unfamiliar with the story myself.  Not only did Pac enjoy it, but he also read the story aloud to Krash one day!  Pac’s reading comprehension is amazing, and we rarely have to review anything. 

Science is fun, but not as fun as it will be when we begin to actually do the experiments.  I have put those on hold until we are in the new school room ;-).  We have been studying living things, and really enjoying the science book.

Nothing too exciting in Social Studies or Geography yet, but it has been GREAT to see how much P already knows.  The basic geography that has been taught is just a review for him so far.  I can already see where our USA PowerPoints have come in handy!

Neither of us are really enjoying Mythology, it is just so far fetched and I am not into it-never really was when I learned it in school either.  He struggles with it, I believe at the heart level a bit.  He doesn’t really understand why he has to study “fairy tales” as he calls them.

We are both loving the Famous Americans book!  So far we have learned a lot about the American Revolution and studied these people: Samuel Adams, Patrick Henry, John Paul Jones, and Molly Pitcher,   I am reading this aloud to him and it becomes a nice cuddle time for us.  I decided not to have Pac do the written pages included {they are optional via Calvert} and we go over them orally together.  I think he is really enjoying the laid back approach to this subject and in turn really enjoying it.  He has actually asked to read additional stories each day!  I am researching some supplemental activities for us to do about the American Revolution, probably a lapbook ;-).  We’ll see!


Overall the first 10 days have been a success.  He really struggled for the first 5 days or so with the amount of work and the difficulty.  He breezed through school until now and is finally having to put real thought into things.  This was a very hard adjustment for him but I am amazed that he has handled it well for the past 5 lessons.  He really turned a corner and the excitement about the new schoolroom keeps him going!

We are still not in daily school mode yet, just getting a bit of a jump start before we go on our 2 week trip in September. We will be officially staring our every day school year when we return mid-September.  Pac is working hard now so he won’t have to take any schooling with him when we travel!

~I asked Pac Man if he was OK with me publicly blogging about him and school, he is very interested in my blog.  I have promised him I will never write anything about home online without him knowing first {things that could possibly be embarrassing.  He was fine with it and excited to be featured! ;-)  I hope this will be a neat thing for him to look back on!