Friday, August 7, 2015

1st Grade Homeschool Curriculum Plan for 2015-2016

This is my first official year with two students.  My first grader will be compulsory school age this year, so he has been added to my notice of intent.  He's so thoughtful and creative, and loves all things science and nature, and has always enjoyed following his big brother in everything.  He will barely be compulsory school age, though, and is definitely on the young end for first grade, so I've taken this into consideration, along with his learning style, when choosing programs for him.

This is not a daily schedule, just an outline of what I want to use throughout year with Emory.  It is definitely tentative and flexible.  Five in a Row and our Family Subjects will cover the bulk of his curriculum, but these are his grade-specific curricula choices.

Horizons Math Grade 1
This is an active review from the Schoolhouse Review Crew, so it's definitely a tentative item.  It's different than what I've always used with my oldest, but Emory is very go-with-the-flow and so far he's doing fine with it.

Update:  After our review period, I gave him a choice and he said he wanted to continue Horizons and not change, so we're going to try it out for the whole year!

We reviewed this, and I'll have him finish up at least the online portion.  It's a good activity for busy days (like co-op mornings) when we won't be doing a full academic day.

Primary Arts of Language
I reviewed this with Elliott a few years ago.  I flip flopped back and forth about using this with Emory, and when I initially posted his curriculum, I had something else for reading here, but I changed my mind within a few days.  I'm going with my gut instinct.  PAL is more teacher intensive, but it's all there.  It's a comprehensive reading and writing program, and it's very interactive and engaging with age-appropriate "worksheets" and games.

IEW Review

Language Arts
Essential Skills Advantage
We use this website sometimes to supplement and review reading and language arts.  This is another program that can be used on busy mornings for practice and reinforcement to keep lessons "short and sweet" so everyone is finished early.

I listed their AWANA and co-op under the Family Subjects, but I'll include them here too.  This is a tentative schedule for the year.  I'm hoping to supplement the languages at home.
First Semester:  Sign Language, Geography, International Music/Dance and PE
Second Semester:  Art, Science, PE and Spanish

I want to keep his one-on-one time short and focused on core concepts again this year, so his list is considerably different than his brother's, but that's to be expected for his age.  You can check out 3rd Grade and Preschool Plans.


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  1. These look great! I didn't have anyone young enough to review Horizons but I wondered if it was a good curriculum. I've heard good things about it.

    1. I'd heard of Horizons, but had never tried anything until time to review it. My son liked how colorful it was compared to his older brother's math.