First of all, welcome to this awesome post! It will be full of tips and ideas that you will love. First grade homeschooling made easy for you…right here…right now… 🙂 When it comes to first grade homeschool curriculum, the options and price ranges are endless!
Seems like many of us, homeschooling parents, will stress over what and how we will choose to use for our first graders. I want to, first of all, encourage you to not despair. Yes, maybe there are too many choices and decisions to make, but they aren’t as hard as you think.
First Grade Homeschooling Made Easy
See, for first grade lessons, children need maybe one hour per day to do their learning. Maybe kids will want to do two hours a day total, if you include a craft or an art lesson. In reality, like I also said in the Kindergarten homeschooling made easy post, young ones need to be kids and play and learning will come naturally as we enjoy the activities we do.
In our homeschool, most of our homeschooling is hands-on, but we do include some paper-and-pencil work to encourage reading directions, penmanship, reading and other important skills.
All Subjects & Problem Solving
So, using workbooks will ensure that the important skills and subjects and topics to be learned for a first grader, while not stressing children too much. Another thing I will also mention that learning preferences (auditory, visual, kinesthetic) are important.
So, spending a lot of money in a curriculum that we aren’t even sure if it’ll work for our children is a source for stress in parents. We don’t want to waste money, time or resources, right? Well, with workbooks, parents can sit with their child for 30 minutes a day.
They can do some of these paper-and-pencil activities without you stressing over price because these workbooks are quite affordable!
Comprehensive Curriculum of Basic Skills, Grade 1Brain Quest Workbook: Grade 1Carson Dellosa Comprehensive Curriculum 1st GradeComprehensive Curriculum of Basic Skills, Grade 1Comprehensive Curriculum Plus Test Practice, Grade 1: BasicFirst Grade Big Workbook! (Ages 6-7)DK Workbooks: Problem Solving, First Grade1st Grade Reading Skill Builders: Activities, Exercises, andUltimate Skill Builders: Get Ready for First Grade!First Grade Skills: Gold Star Edition (Home Workbooks)First Grade Big Workbook! (Ages 6-7)Summer Bridge Activities®, Grades K – 1
First Grade Big Workbook! (Ages 6-7) from School Zone
Click on the image above to go to our list of craft and activities that are perfect to make anytime. These are easy, fun and you and your children will really enjoy!
First grade math lessons can be quite overwhelming, both for parents and children. But actually, it doesn’t have to be that way at all. These workbooks come with first grade Math worksheets that will make it easy for kids to learn. They will learn all the Math concepts they need to.
And they will learn without all the fuss and all the expensive curricula. In the section above this one, I shared some great workbooks that cover all subjects. We have some of those, but it is also great to have a book for each specific subject. Kids get to pick a couple to work on per day.
Math Basics, Grade 2 (School Zone Interactive)Geometry & Measurement Grade 1 (Kumon Math Workbooks)Kumon Grade 1 Math workbooks (4 books) –Geometry and Measurement Grade 1 Math Essentials: Children’sDaily Warm-Ups: Math, Grade 1Star Wars Workbook: 1st Grade Math (Star WarsScholastic Success With: 1st Grade Workbook: Math ReadingWord Problems Grade 1 (Kumon Math Workbooks)100 Word Problems: 1st Grade Workbook For AgesDaily Word Problems, Grade 1 MathTime Money & Fractions, Grades 1-2, an IMath Made Easy: 1st Grade Workbook, Ages 6-7
Addition and Subtraction Grades 1-2 from School Zone
Geometry & Measurement Grade 1 from Kumon Publishing
Grade 1 Addition from Kumon Publishing
Grade 1 Subtraction from Kumon Publishing
Time Money & Fractions, Grades 1-2 from School Zone
Word Problems Grade 1 from Kumon Publishing
Word Problems Grades 1-2 from School Zone
Click on the image above to go to our list of over 140 free printables. These are for all kinds of lessons and subjects that you and your children will really enjoy!
Language Arts (Spelling, Sight Words, Reading)
For first grade phonics, we do one or two pages per day and then call it a day for that subject. It is fun to watch the progress and learning that takes place in little spurts at a time. After all, we homeschool so we can make lessons fun, shorter and cover more ground than regular schools, right?
Workbooks help with that. I also like the workbooks that have first grade reading games. This is because they are targeted, to the point and we can include all kids in the reading.
100 Words Kids Need to Read by 1stDK Workbooks: Language Arts, First GradeDK Workbooks: Spelling, First GradeStar Wars Workbook: 1st Grade Reading (Star WarsPhonics for First Grade, Grade 1: Gold StarSummer Bridge Activities®, Grades 1 – 2Star Wars Workbook: 1st Grade Writing Skills (StarScholastic Success with Reading Comprehension, Grades 1Reading Comprehension, Grade 1 (Master Skills)Ready-Set-Learn: Reading Comprehension, Grade 1Scholastic Success With: Reading Comprehension Workbook: Grade 1100 Write-and-Learn Sight Word Practice Pages: Engaging Reproducible
Star Wars Workbook: 1st Grade Reading (so awesome!)
Click on the image above to go to our list of over 130 Montessori lessons. They are for all kinds of lessons and subjects that you and your children will really enjoy!
Science & Geography
And for first grade activities, we must definitely include some awesome hands-on crafts and Science experiments. Here are some wonderful workbooks, full of creative learning ideas. Just looks at the covers! Aren’t they fun?
I like to have one workbook for each subject and do 2 per day. That way, kids don’t get too stressed about doing too much paper-and-pencil work. You don’t stress out about what to teach or about breaking the bank.
I suggest you also choose 2 for each subject so you have one of each to work with. But have a second one, in case your child (like my oldest) gets too involved in one subject and completes the entire workbook quickly. 😀
DK Workbooks: Science, First GradeScience, Grade 1 (Interactive Notebooks)My First Human Body Book (Dover Children’s ScienceFirst Grade Science: Earth & Space, Life, PhysicalLeapFrog LeapStart 1st Grade Activity Book: Space ScienceCut and Paste: Science (Cut & Paste)First Grade Science (For Home School or ExtraFossils And History : Paleontology for Kids (FirstAll About Planet Earth (Earth Science) : FirstDK Workbooks: Geography, First Grade1St Grade Geography: Continents of the WorldThe Five Elements First Grade Geography Series: 1st
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