The new school year will be here soon and with the influx of new homeschoolers, including myself, I decided that it would be best to gather the core of our curriculum early this year! Today I’m sharing with you our first grade curriculum choices for the 2020-2021 year.
I also want to start by saying that curriculum is very dependent on your child. For example, my youngest, Clara, who attended Kindergarten last year, is really good at math but struggles in language arts and reading so I’ve tailored her curriculum for that.
For this year we will be using The Good and The Beautiful Level K Primer and Level K language arts program for Clara. Last year she completed the Pre-K book from The Good and The Beautiful and she also learned some of the phonics cards as well from her sister.
One thing that I love about The Good and The Beautiful’s curriculum is that it has assessments for you to give to your child before placing them in one of the levels. I recommend doing them as the levels in their curriculum don’t necessarily match grade level.
She is doing very well learning her letter and her phonograms. Our main goal this year is to get her reading!
We will also be using the Explode the Code series to help with phonetic awareness and independent work.
We are using the beginner book box sets from The Good and The Beautiful. I love these books because the stories are really cute and the girls love reading them.
We used the Level K math last year and this year Clara will be moving into level one. We love this math curriculum so much! It is hands on with lots of games, which makes it fun! My girls always beg to do their math first before anything else.
We are using The Good and The Beautiful Year 1 history, along with the read-aloud pack. I’m going to review the read aloud books and decide if I want to read them all or just a couple. I’m thinking picture books from the library might be better at this age.
I plan on sharing how I prep these units and the activities/supplements that I’ve bought to go along with them as we go through them.
I purchased Exploring Nature with Children and plan on picking out certain weeks that I want to cover with the girls.
I got it printed and bound at Fedex Kinkos for around $30. This is a year long curriculum that goes week by week, so it will last for years to come.
I have chosen 6 read aloud books for the year, about 2 books per term.
Clara will start taking piano lessons this year. She is very excited to start learning after watching her older sister last year! We are also thinking of using the SQUILT music program.
I haven’t receive my Picture Study Portfolios from Simply Charlotte Mason yet, but we will be starting out the year with Giotto and Da Vinci.
Our science, history and nature curriculums are very hands on which is how we are incorporating art this year. Between crafts, painting and projects I think we’ll be all set.
If you are new to homeschooling this year and want to see how I planned out our first official homeschool year you can see my post about that here.
Thank you for checking out our first grade curriculum choices! I hope that this has been inspiring for you to pick out your curriculum for the upcoming year!