I’m entering my 4th year of homeschooling! This year I will have my middle son at home 3 days a week, and he will be attending his co-op on the other two days. I’m so excited to catch up and share all the details about the fantastic homeschool curriculum I have chosen for my first grader. I’m so excited to try some new to me curriculum, and use it along side some other curriculum I have used for 4 years now.
First things first, let’s talk about language arts. We’ve been using The Good and the Beautiful for 4 years now, and it is a quick and to the point curriculum. The curriculum is filled with captivating literature, hands-on activities, and engaging lessons that make learning a true joy for our little one. From phonics to reading, writing to spelling, grammar to art appreciation, it covers it all! Plus, it’s infused with wholesome values that we cherish as a family.
C will be finishing up his Level K language arts since we took a break and started All About Reading. Although I loved the program, I thought it was a little long. We have decided to integrate the reading books and some of the curriculum into our every day Language Arts program.
Now, onto math! We also decided to go with The Good and the Beautiful for this subject, and it has been a fantastic choice the past 3 years. Simply Good and Beautiful Math is mainly a spiral curriculum, and is reviewing concepts at the end of each lesson from the previous lessons in that unit. They provide plenty of hands-on activities, colorful visuals, and manipulatives to make math come alive. I’ve been amazed at how well it encourages problem-solving and critical thinking skills. C is half way through level 1, and we will continue through that until he’s ready for the next level.
Next up is social studies, and I think I have found the perfect fit with Beautiful Feet. This curriculum is a gateway to exploring the wider world for our first grader. Through captivating literature and hands-on activities, our little one has been on a journey through history, biographies, and different cultures. It fosters empathy, cultural awareness, and a genuine love for history. For this curriculum, I chose to purchase the teachers manual and will be finding the library books by using Thriftbooks and our local library.
Now, let’s talk about language learning, C has been excited to learn Spanish and really wants to speak it fluently! The SongSchool Spanish curriculum will be a huge hit in our home with both C and my toddler. Through catchy songs, interactive games, and engaging activities, he will be able to quickly pick up vocabulary, pronunciation, and even basic conversational skills.
When it comes to science, we are so excited to try Sassafras Zoology. This curriculum opens your child’s eyes to the wonders of the animal kingdom. From captivating stories to hands-on experiments, it’s all about igniting curiosity and encouraging critical thinking. The chapter book allows you to take a journey into the animal kingdom and take either a 2 day or 4 day approach. We are excited to learn so much about animals around the world.
And last but not least, cursive writing with Abeka. His co-op starts cursive at the kindergarten level. Last year we just worked really well on fine tuning our fine motor skills with minimal writing practice. This year it’s all hands on deck and we will be jumping into the world of cursive.
All in all, homeschooling has been san incredible experience, and I’m so grateful we found curriculum that works for us. They’ve not only provided a well-rounded education but have also sparked a love for learning, critical thinking skills, and an appreciation for the world around us. I hope this inspires and helps you in your own homeschooling adventure. Feel free to ask me anything else, and let’s continue to support each other on this incredible journey!