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First Grade Curriculum Choices

First Grade Complete Schedule
Easy Classical First Grade includes 36 week-long schedules plus 90+ pages of charts, sheets and helps that will enhance your child’s learning.  These 90+ pages are broken down into a language arts section, a State History section, a Animals, Human Body, and Plants Science section, an art section, and a physical education packet.  You also receive 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 neatly placed in a 1 1/2 ” 3-ring binder. More Info...
First Grade Schedule  

First Grade Complete Schedule

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General Resources
The Well-Trained Mind by Susan Wise Bauer provides a great overview of classical education and instructions on how to implement the classical style of learning in the homeschool. Shepherding a Child's Heart provides a great foundation for effective parenting that will encourage children to think through the ramifications of their actions and begin to chose to obey based on their love for God rather than a need to conform to their parents desires. Say Goodbye to Whining... gives practical suggestions for implementing the concepts learned in Shepherding a Child's Heart.

Chores
Many parents today spend endless hours trying to entertain or inundate their children with activities geared toward making them happy. This often ends poorly, leading to unsatisfied children and frustrated parents. Instead, parents should focus on providing a balance between fun activities and giving children opportunities to be responsible. Parents can accomplish this goal by assigning their children chores around the house. Doing chores and getting paid for a job well done, helps the child to feel like an integral part of the family. It also allows them 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
Big Truths for Little Kids teaches the catechism with stories illustrating the answers to each of the questions. The first grader will not only memorize the big theological concepts in a child-friendly way, he will also begin to grasp the truths of these concepts through the stories in this book. By the end of the year, the foundation of your child's faith will begin to grow. The Jesus Story Bible is a great first Bible for the young child. This book takes the truths of the scriptures and presents them in an easily understood fashion. Wise Words for Moms is a great calendar-like pamphlet that lists appropriate verses to read to your child while disciplining him for sins or offenses common to children. These verses back up Mom or Dad's discipline with Scripture.

Phonics/Reading
Phonics Pathways enables the child to learn the abstract concept of sounding out letter and word sounds. This book is a great follow-up to Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons (The Phonics book scheduled in the Kindergarten Schedule). Use this book if your child is struggling to learn to read with Teach Your Child to Read... After completing all the lessons in this book the child will be reading at a second grade reading level. Basic Phonics Skills is a beginning phonics workbook that reinforces the phonics concepts the child has learned and applies them using fun games, coloring, and activities.
Phonics Pathways Basic Phonics Skills C

Spelling
The books in the Spelling Workout series are organized around a test-study method. Students take a pretest, self-correct and rewrite words, study through the practice exercises, and take a final test. Student lessons include fun riddles and puzzles, and conclude with a wrap-up and review; cumulative reviews of multiple chapters are also provided.
Spelling Workout A Spelling Workout A (Teacher's Manual)

Handwriting
This is a great handwriting program, which teaches the child to write using italic handwriting. Many children find this type of handwriting easier to master, and also find the transition between writing print and writing in cursive much easier. 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
Shurley English is a creative grammar program that utilizes a variety of techniques that enables children with different learning styles to grasp the rules of the English language. Through audio jingles, workbook exercises, study notes, and tests the child's understanding of these concepts continues to grow through the lessons and through the different levels in the series.

Math
Saxon Math 1 is an excellent easy to teach, "scripted" math program. Saxon Math 1 teaches children to skip count by one's, two's, five's and tens, identify ordinal position to tenth, master all basic addition and subtraction facts, measure using inches, feet, and centimeters. It also teaches how to add quarters, draw polygons, and observe information from real graphs, pictographs, and bar graphs. If you are unsure whether this is the right level for your child, use this placement test. Make sure to purchase the Teacher's Manual, Workbooks, Fact Cards, and Math Manipulatives.
Saxon Math 1 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. Mone Brookes's easy to follow, lesson by lesson approach to drawing has yielded astounding results with children of all ages and beginning adults. Her unique drawing program has created a revolution in the field of education and a sense of delight and pride among the thousands of students who have learned to draw through her Monart Method. 
Drawing With Children Sketch Pad Colored Pencils

Physical Education
Homeschool Family Fitness provides a variety of exercises and activities that encourage fine motor and gross motor skills. We schedule daily muscular strength and fitness assignments as well as bi-weekly aerobic exercises throughout the year.
Homeschool Physical Fitness Guide

Literature
The books and short-stories in the Literature section of the First Grade Schedule were chosen for their timeless appeal to early elementary aged children. When you read aloud to your child, you will not only be building a stronger relationship with your child, you will also be boosting their vocabulary; developing in them better communications skills; increasing their concentrations skills; introducing them to people and places outside of their community, and encouraging them to develop a love for learning.
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
Easy Classical First Grade Complete Schedule includes the Animals, Human Body, and Plants Science Schedule. The books you need to complete this part of the schedule are listed on the page linked below. If you would like to do one of our other science programs along with the First Grade Schedule, the First Grade Main Schedule would be a better choice. If you use the First Grade Main Schedule you can mix and match it with the history and science to meet the needs of your child.
Life Science Books

History
Easy Classical First Grade Complete Schedule includes the State History Schedule. The books you need to complete this part of the schedule are listed on the page linked below. If you would like to do one of our other history programs along with the First Grade Schedule, the First Grade Main Schedule would be a better choice. If you use the First Grade Main Schedule, you can mix and match it with the history and science to meet the needs of your child.
State History Books
 

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