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I can hardly believe I’m homeschooling a grade one student now! Where has the time gone?!

Planning my youngest daughter’s Grade 1 curriculum was much less stressful than with my first daughter. I know exactly what she likes and what I enjoy. While there is some crossover choices with my other daughter who’s in Grade 5, some selections are entirely new.

Here are the curriculum choices I’ve made for grade one.

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Sometimes picking your homeschool curriculum can be overwhelming. Come check out our grade 1 curriculum choices and what books we're using in all subjects.

Morning Time

As I’ve mentioned before, our morning time routine brings such peace and beauty into our homeschool day. It sets the stage for learning and continually inspires us. I’m definitely continuing the morning time basket.

What I love about Morning Time is that on a rough day, even if my daughter just completes morning time with us, she gets a solid educational foundation for the day.

Some of the curriculum choices that I’m sharing here are part of our morning time routine, while others are used during the more structured part of our homeschool day.

Your Morning Basket
 

Language Arts

Smart Start in Language Arts

I used this curriculum with my oldest daughter in grade one, so I thought I would try it with my youngest. So far she enjoys it. Her favourite activity is gluing the daily sentence strips into her “book” and illustrating an accompanying picture for the sentence.

Our grade 1 language arts curriculum is very diverse and fun!

Math

Jump Math 1.1 & Jump Math 1.2

Since Jump Math was such a solid curriculum for my oldest daughter, I decided to use it with my youngest daughter too. I’m very familiar with it and it’s so affordable!

Life of Fred

My daughter loves all sorts of stories, so I figure Life of Fred will be a great curriculum for her! We’re starting with Life of Fred:  Apples.

Science

I’m excited to do science with my youngest daughter. She’s such a hands-on learner, that nature study will be a huge part of our science curriculum. Some of our nature studies follow the Nature Explorers curriculum. We’ll be using Hard as a Rock and Remarkable Rain. We’ll also be doing activities from the fabulous book, Play the Forest School Way.

I also try to include various science readings in our Morning Time. My favourite science read-aloud book is currently the Julia Rothman Collection: Nature Anatomy, Farm Anatomy, and Food Anatomy. These books are visually stunning and packed with information!

Our grade 1 science curriculum includes a lot of nature study.

Social Studies

I’ll be piecing together my daughter’s social studies curriculum from various sources. Our life and community curriculum is from from Rodeo Chaps, and I will be sharing assorted Canadian resources as well, such as:

Bible

Grace for the Moment: 365 Devotions for Kids

I love this devotional for children. The devotions are easy to read but also provide inspiration for life application.

The Ology

This children’s theology book is AMAZING! As an adult even I’m learning from it! The pictures are beautiful and the content is rich. I highly recommend this book for your homeschool students.

Health

Health is another curriculum that I piece together with various library books and DVDs. This year we’re focusing on dental care, self-esteem, communicating feelings, and basic safety.

Art

This year we’re doing something completely different for art! While I’ll regularly provide opportunities for the girls to draw in their drawing journals, I’ll also do collages, watercolour paintings and sculpting with them.

You ARE an Artist

I’m really excited about our chalk pastel curriculum which we’re doing through You ARE an Artist! My girls LOVE Nana’s video tutorials. The videos are short and super easy to follow. The results are stunning!

Our grade 1 art curriculum includes a lot of chalk pastel art.

Music

Squilt Musical Era Bundle and Meet the Instruments

We love SQUILT (Super Quiet Uninterrupted Listening Time). With this curriculum, my children are exposed to notable pieces of music. SQUILT also allows us the opportunity to include a peaceful ritual of music appreciation into our days.

Physical Education

I don’t use a specific curriculum for physical education, but I plan a variety of activities at home to get my girls moving on a daily basis. We use Yoga DVDs as well as various exercise video games such as Wii Fit Plus, Just Dance Kids, and Zumba Kids.

We also attend periodic gym times at our local YMCA, and the girls have weekly swimming and KungFu lessons as well.

My homeschool book choices for mom!

Curriculum for Mom

I think it’s critical to have some curriculum for myself during the school year as well.

I’m currently reading Teaching from Rest: A Homeschooler’s Guide to Unshakable Peace by Sarah Mackenzie, but once that’s done, I’ll be reading the following books:

Simply Homeschool: Have Less Fluff and Bear More Fruit by Karen DeBeus

For the Children’s Sake: Foundations of Education for Home and School by Susan Schaeffer Macaulay

Dumbing Us Down: The Hidden Curriculum of Compulsory Schooling by John Taylor Grotto

Reflect

So now it’s your turn! Was there a Grade 1 curriculum you enjoyed doing with your children? Is there a particular curriculum you love that you’re using this year? Feel free to comment below and then share this post with your homeschool communities.

Jennifer Bly
Jennifer Bly
Author of My Kitchen, My Classroom: An Introduction to Homeschool, creator of Deliberate Homeschooling, The Deliberate Mom and regular contributor to The Huffington Post. Jennifer writes about her homeschooling journey and life with her husband and two girls. Jennifer has a Bachelor of Applied Human Service Administration Degree with a specialization in Early Learning in Child Care.
 
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