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My Picks for 1st Grade Homeschool 2019-2020

August 15, 2019

We finished up Lillia’s kindergarten year of homeschool this past May and we had a great year! We used Sonlight’s Core A program and really enjoyed it. This coming school year, however, Matthew is going to be doing Pre-K with us and rather than moving on to Core B I decided to use a combination of curriculums. 

My reason for doing this was not that I was unhappy with Sonlight but, rather because I did not think Matthew was ready for the read alouds in Core B.  I would like to keep Lillia and Matthew on the same core.    

My 1st Grade picks:

  • Horizon’s Grade 1 Math: Workbooks 1 and 2
  • Handwriting Without Tears Grade 1 
  • Egermeir’s Bible Story Book 
  • Apologia Zoology 2 (We are super excited about this! We will be studying all about the ocean, fresh and saltwater animals)
    • Zoology 2 Notebooking Journal 
  • Sonlight Grade 2 English: spelling, copywork, writing activities, grammar, vocabulary, and writing mechanics
  • Explode the Code: books 4, 5, and 6
  • Sonlight Core A History and Geography: Since we used these books last year when we have a topic that the kids are more interested in we are going to slow down and spend more time on it; find more resources and do some fun crafts and projects.
    • Wild Places
    • Living Long ago
    • The Usborne Children’s Encyclopedia 
    • I Heard the Good News Today
  • Sonlight’s 2nd Grade Readers: Lillia loves to read so I plan to be at the library getting more readers regularly for her.  Many of these she has already been reading since we got them.
    • Frog and Toad are Friends
    • Frog and Toad Together
    • Frog and Toad All Year
    • Owl At Home
    • Hill of Fire
    • Pompeii: Buried Alive
    • Titanic Lost and Found
    • Wagon Wheels 
    • The Big Balloon Race
    • Mouse Tales
    • The Beginner’s Bible
    • Daniel’s Duck
    • Nate the Great
    • The Fire Cat
    • Greg’s Microscope
    • Amelia Bedelia
    • Surprises
    • The Sword in the Tree

Read Alouds: We may not get through all of these in the school year.  As long as we are consistently reading I am happy. Check back to see what we read each month.  

  • Penny and Peter
  • Betsy- Tacy and Tib
  • Betsy- Tacy Go Over the Big Hill
  • Betsy and Tacy Go Downtown
  • Back to School with Betsy
  • Betsy and the Boys
  • Betsy’s Little Star
  • Two and Two are Four
  • Primrose Day
  • Dolphin Freedom
  • Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle
  • Hello, Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle
  • Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle’s Magic
  • Elmer and the Dragon
  • The Dragons of Blueland
  • Dr. Dolittle’s Post Office
  • The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle
  • Treasures From Grandma
  • The Boxcar Children 
    • The Yellow House Mystery
    • Mystery Ranch
  • Farmer Boy
  • Little House on the Praire 
  • A Grain of Rice 
  • Five True Dog Stories
  • The Mouse and the Motorcycle
  • Johnny Appleseed: The Story of a Legend
  • A Man Named Lincoln
  • A Man Named Washington
  • The Usborne Flip Flap Body Book 
  • How Your Big Body Work
  • The Usborne Big Book of the Body
1st grade homeschool curriculum

I would love to hear what you mamas are using this year for homeschool. Have you used any of this material before? If so what did you think?

You can also check out my homeschool plan for Matthew’s Pre-K year here or Michael’s Preschool year here.

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