There is a Back to School buzz in both the public and private school communities as well as the homeschool community and I’ve been taking advantage of this to get Kyri excited for all the new stuff we have planned for the school year. Even though we did a light summer school to keep up with Math and Language Arts, as well as lots of reading, we will be getting into our full curriculum in two weeks when the schools go back into session around here. We will be participating in our Science and History co-op again this school year and I’m using our co-op start date to get our First Grade officially rolling around here. Here are our Curriculum plans for the year.
We were working on First Grade Math throughout our Kindergarten year, so this year will be a continuation. We will be doing a lot of reinforcement of skills as well as some newer stuff – Word Problems and addition/subtraction with two-digit numbers.
Harcourt Family Learning Math Skills Grade 1 – finishing up
Kumon Addition Grade 1 – finishing up
Flashkids Place Value Grade 1 – finishing up
Like Math, this is a continuation of what we have been working on with phonics and spelling. Additonally with the overview Language Arts book, we will start working on sentences (capitalization and punctuation) and parts of speech. We will also work on Reading Comprehension of fiction and nonfiction selections.
Spectrum Phonics Grade 1– finishing up
Harcourt Family Learning Spelling Skills Grade 1– finishing up
Flash Forward Reading Grade 1 – Reading Comprehension Fiction/Nonfiction
Spectrum Language Arts Grade 1 – overview workbook
Handwriting – copywork using selected quotes and Kyri’s reading selections
We finished up FIAR Volume 1 over the summer and really enjoyed it! Great reading selections and while we did not use FIAR as a core curriculum as some do (making lapbooks and doing a lot of additonal activities) we rowed each book several times and used the manual for discussion. Volume 2 has an even larger book selection and so this will be spread over the next year and a half.
Five in a Row Volume 2 – we will spend two weeks per literature selection since we use this as a supplement and do not row 5 days in a row.
We are continuing our Story of the World reading and activities with our History and Science co-op. We will be reading the chapters as well as a fair amount of the sugggested literature listed in the activity guide.
Civics – continuing study. Will introduce the topic of US Elections since this is a presidential election year. This will include literature selections and perhaps a lapbook session to pull all the information together for a better understanding.
We will continue working with our History and Science co-op. We are switching from Elemental Science that we used this past year, over to RSO.
We are still piecing together material for this subject. For this year, I am mainly focusing on building vocabulary and some basic greetings and phrases.
Larousse Spanish Children’s Dictionary
Vocab Flash Cards
I like using logic exercises as “brain warmups” for Kyri to develop her critical thinking skills.
Art & Music
This year we will be doing Art and Music appreciation. HFA has a great schedule to introduce composers and artists. Each month will focus on one composer and one artist. We really didn’t do anything last year for Art or Music and so I am really excited to start this study.
While we do nature walks together, we do not have a consistent schedule or goal. I really like the simple schedule and suggested activities at the Outdoor Nature Hour and I think this a a great stepping off point for our nature studies. We will start with weekly outdoor sessions and incorporate a Nature Journal and specimen collection.
Though we are secular homeschoolers and do not use Christian-worldview materials, we are Christians and want to introduce Bible and Christian faith topics.
My Favorite Bible Stories Activity Book – fun activity sheets to go along with well know Bible Stories
Read and Share Devotional – weekly devotionals that touch on different character topics, such as patience, as well as other Bible topics.
For books and workbooks, I’ve added affiliate links over at Amazon. My Amazon affiliate links are not working currently, but will be fixed soon. For other subjects, I have linked to the curriculum website directly.