First Grade Curriculum Choices (2014-2015)

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Abby will begin first grade starting in September.  We are doing something a little bit different this year and she's pretty excited!

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Our First Grade Curriculum Choices

first grade choices
-Abeka First Grade
-Bible Study Guide for All Ages (Primary)
-Home Art Studio First Grade and Home Art Studio Holiday Arts and Crafts
-Learning Games and Toys, Chapter Books, Easy Readers, Sing Along DVD's, Daily Calendar Notebook

The core of our work will be Abeka.  This is the first time I've used a boxed curriculum and I was curious to give it a try.  Over the course of the year, Abby will be concentrating on phonics, arithmetic, reading, spelling, poetry, science, health and more.  She's most excited for the handwriting lessons which will be in cursive.  She's been interested in "writing fancy" since this past Christmas and practices her name often.

We will continue using Bible Study Guide for All Ages this year, moving from the beginner pages into the primary pages.  This is one of her favorite parts of school, mine too!  The great part about this program is we can pick right up where we left off, just using a more advanced set of pages.  She's been browsing through the lessons already and can not wait!

For art, I will be reviewing Home Art Studio: First Grade and Holiday Arts and Crafts.  We loved the Kindergarten DVD and this one looks just as fun.

In addition to her daily work, she will have access to plenty of learning games and toys.  For music, I plan on using various Disney Sing-Along DVD's that I think she may enjoy or go a different route with unit studies.  As we work through a routine, I'd like to incorporate more independent reading for her or have her read to her sisters for extra practice.  One thing, personally, I'd like to add is read alouds from various chapter books that are age appropriate. 

Calendar time is something I've been slacking on.  We've tried Daily Calendar Notebooks in the past and for us, they are too time consuming.  Abby loses focus and a 10 minute activity turns into 45 minutes.  However, I think they are incredibly useful and great practice.  I'll be sharing our new strategy in the next few weeks leading up to her first day.

Looking for more homeschool curriculum posts?
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