1st Grade

I love teaching 1st grade! Reading is becoming fun, not a chore for the student. 1st grade art is absolutely adorable! It’s just a fun school year. Here’s how we handle it:

Math– We use Saxon 2. Saxon is teacher heavy for the first few years, but it pays off. Trust me! I often find this at a great price at Mardel. Once you purchase the whole kit, you only need to purchase workbooks for any following children. I don’t really use the meeting book as we do calendar work separately.

ReadingAll About Reading Level 2 At this point, the kids are great a decoding and have moved on to fluency practice.

Spelling– A new subject for the kids! I can’t say enough about All About Spelling level 1.

Grammar– For an introduction to grammar course, First Language Lessons level 1 is wonderful. There’s narrations, poetry memorization, and grammar rules to learn. My kids really love doing these lessons.

Handwriting– We continue using Learning Without Tears’ My Printing Book for 1st grade as well as a journal for extra copywork practice. We also use Keyboarding Without Tears to learn keyboarding.

Literature– As for the younger grade levels, I use Ambleside Online‘s book list as well as book lists from Read Aloud Revival.

Poetry– We chose poems from The Harp and the Laurel Wreath, a fantastic collection of poems.

Geography– Modern Curricula Press has great workbooks for learning map work. I use Maps, Charts, & Graphs Level B in 1st grade.

Science– We love Elemental Science Grammar Level. I don’t make my 1st graders write too much unless they want to. We mostly just do the reading assignments and experiments. We do astronomy and Earth science in 1st.

Religion– This is the first grade I start using a formal program for religion. I usually just read and discuss a chapter in one sitting with the children, which means we only do this religion once a week. We use Faith & Life Our Heavenly Father. I usually don’t use the workbooks since our children also attend religion classes outside of the home twice a week as well, however, the workbook and teacher’s manual for Faith & Life is fantastic.

Arts & Crafts– Most of the crafts for this grade are done at our homeschool enrichment. Our kids also draw during read aloud time in the evening. For art appreciation, we do various picture studies and check out books about artists at the library.