First Grade Curriculum

First Grade Main Curriculum List

Below is a list of the books needed to complete the First Grade Main Schedule. Since we are dedicated to keeping your costs down, we have created links to the best priced book sellers. You can purchase the books on Christianbook.com or Amazon.com by clicking the links below. Or you can link to the WorldCat website which provides a list of the local libraries that contain each book. You just enter your zip code and WorldCat will generate a list of libraries, containing the book, that are close to you.

First Grade Main Schedule

The First Grade Main Schedule uses the curriculum and books listed below and schedules each resource into a 5-day week, 36-week year. Included in the schedule are detailed instructions on how to use our schedules as well as instructions on how to use the curriculum you purchase.  We send you all of this three ringed binder.

 

General Resources

We have found these resources helpful for establishing a great foundation for your homeschool. These resources are not scheduled, but are meant as a resource for you to refer to throughout the year.

 

Chores

Your job as a parent is not primarily to keep your child "happy," but rather to train him up to be a responsible adult. One way to begin to accomplish this goal is to give your children responsibilities around the house. Doing chores and getting paid for a job well done, helps the child to make the connection between working hard and making money. Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace Jr. is a great resource for helping you to do this.

 

Bible

These books are scheduled throughout the kindergarten year. Big Truths for Little Kids teaches the catechism with stories illustrating the answers to each of the questions. The kindergartener will make it through half of this book, finishing the rest in first grade. My ABC Bible Verses also teaches through stories, so the child doesn't merely memorize words, but rather learns the meaning of the verses he is memorizing.

 

Phonics/Reading

These books provide an excellent foundation for the beginning reader. Do not push your child. Wait until he is ready, and you will encourage a love of reading. If you are not sure if your child is ready to read, click here.

Phonics Pathways Basic Phonics Skills C

 

Spelling

Spelling Workout is a great, easy to use spelling workbook.

Spelling Workout B Spelling Workout B (Teachers)

 

Handwriting

This is a great handwriting program. The instruction manual has a couple of pages of instruction for each level in the program. Only purchase the instruction manual if you haven't purchased it in a previous grade.

Italic Handwriting B Italics Handwriting Instructor's Guide

 

Grammar

 

 

Math

Saxon math is an excellent "scripted" math program, that is very easy to teach, even for the math phobics out there. We recommend you use Saxon 2 in first grade. Saxon 1 is more of a kindergarten math program. If you are unsure if your child is ready have him take a placement test. Make sure to purchase the Teacher's Manual, Workbooks, Fact Cards, and Math Manipulatives.

Saxon Math 2 Math Manipulatives

 

Art

Drawing with Children is an excellent introduction to drawing even for the young child. We have coordinated the art lessons taught in Drawing with Children with our science and history schedules.

Drawing With Children Sketch Pad Colored Pencils
Physical Education
This physical education guide is scheduled throughout the year to ensure you and your child are getting adequate amounts of exercise. Daily muscular strength and fitness assignments as well as bi-weekly aerobic exercises are scheduled throughout the year.
Homeschool Physical Fitness Guide

 

Literature

We have scheduled stories from each of these books for you to read to your child throughout the year. "Reading Time" will become one of your child's favorite times of the day. Also, take the time to go to story hour at your local library or at one of your favorite book sellers.

Literature Pockets: Caldecott Winners Billy and Blaze Blaze and the Lost Quarry Blaze and Thunderbolt

 

Blaze and the Forest Fire Blaze and the Mountain Lion Capyboppy James Herriot Treasury

 

Chronicles of Narnia Rabbit Hill Winnie the Pooh In Grandma's Attic

The Trumpet of the Swan Stuart Little Charlotte's Web

 

Science

This main schedule does not include a science schedule. Choose from the following science schedules to complete your child's course of study. If you are looking for a schedule that includes the science, history, and main subjects, go to our complete schedule page.

Animals, Human Body, and Plants Schedule Geology, Weather, and Astronomy Chemistry Schedule Physics Schedule

 

History

This main schedule does not include a history schedule. Choose from the following history schedules to complete your child's course of study. If you are looking for a schedule that includes the science, history, and main subjects, go to our complete schedule page.

State History Schedule Old Testament and Ancient Egypt Schedule New Testament, Greece, and Rome Schedule Middle Ages, Renaissance, and Reformation

 

Early Modern History Schedule Modern History Schedule