Curriculum 2012-2013: 1st Grade

Below are our goals and resources for the following school year. The goals listed here are mostly academic and do not fully encompass our long-term life goals for homeschooling.

Language Arts


1. to be able to read (aloud and silently) books appropriate for first grade
2. to enjoy literature
3. to be able to narrate a story, event, or observation
4. to be able to clearly recite at least 5 poems
5. to be able to write his own sentences, stories, descriptions, and poems
6. to be able to identify phonetic sounds, especially blend sounds
7. to recognize a variety of sight words
8. to be able to understand the use of basic punctuation
9. to appreciate world literature and a multicultural perspective

What We're Using:

Five in a Row
Primary Phonics and Workbook
Sadlier Phonics
Self-made easy reader books personalized to go along with other subjects
Character Education Books- one highlighted trait per month

History and Geography


1. to learn fascinating stories and events from the past
2. to have a basic understanding of the chronology of history
3. to learn about early people and civilizations as well as world religions
4. to learn about early America
5. to recognize famous symbols and figures (e.g. the flag, White House)
6. to have a basic understanding of his own community
7. to learn map symbols and terms, directions on a map, location of continents and oceans and some rivers and lakes, including local bodies of water
8. to be able to describe at least 3 nature walks or 3 vistas
9. to understand basic directions in terms of his own location, where the sun rises and sets, etc.

What We're Using:

Story of the World, Volume 1 from the early nomads through the end of Rome
Literature/ Five in a Row go-alongs
DVD go-alongs



1. to understand the scientific process (question, hypothesis, test, conclusion/new hypothesis)
2. to feel comfortable with science experiments
3. to learn about living things and their environments, including habitats, diets, simple classifications, the food chain, diversity, and effects of habitat destruction
4. to understand the basics of the human body, major body systems and parts
5. to understand the basics of matter, electricity, astronomy, and the earth
6. to collect and identify at least 5 plants (wildflowers, leaves, etc) and describe them and say where they can be found
7. to be able to identify and describe at least 6 types of birds
8. to be able to describe the habits of at least 3 animals he observes daily (pets or outdoor animals)

What We're Using:

Handbook of Nature Study and Handbook of Nature Study blog
The Usbourne Big Book of Experiments
Literature/ FIAR go-along books
Childcraft Science, Science Everywhere



1. to learn basic addition and subtraction facts
2. to understand place values
3. to feel comfortable with basic fractions and "math language" (more than, less than, greater than, equal to, etc.)
4. to classify objects by size, function, color, shape, etc.
5. to recognize number patterns
6. to read, write, and count from 0-100
7. to count by twos, fives, and tens
8. to comfortably use signs +, -, <, >, and =
9. to use bar graphs and picture graphs
10. to understand the basics of money value, measurements, and geometry

What We're Using:

Houghton Mifflin Math 1 (California Math)
Math manipulatives
Math games

Handwriting and Spelling


1. to improve his penmanship and control of a writing tool
2. to be able to spell at least 20 words without relying on "sounding out"
3. to feel comfortable writing

What We're Using:

Zaner-Bloser Spelling
Sentence practice

Art and Music


1. to appreciate art and music
2. to understand the connection between art and people
3. to recognize different shapes in nature and art
4. to recognize the use of texture and style in different art forms
5. to experiment artistically
6. to be exposed to a wide range of art and music
7. to understand the basic elements of music
8. to see various works of art in person
9. to attend and hear a musical performance, play, or concert

What We're Doing:

K-2 Art and Craft class (weekly)
Art Adventures class (weekly)
Children's songs cd

Physical Education/ Health


1. to move his body every day whether in play, for sport or exercise
2. to achieve new abilities and routines (sit-ups, racing games, martial art moves, etc.)
3. to feel accomplished/healthy after movement
4. to equate movement with health and fun
5. to be able to discriminate between healthy and unhealthy choices
6. to continue to practice good hygiene and construct personal health goals
7. to be able to identify healthy food and their basic nutritional worth (i.e, oranges have vitamin C, which helps me from getting sick/ eating carrots is good for keeping my eyes healthy)

What He's Doing:

Karate class (weekly)
Outdoor play with friends (daily)
Nature walks
Outdoor sports with friends and family
Helping in the kitchen/eating healthy foods and freshly-juiced fruits and veggies

Some of these goals were created with the assistance of William J. Bennett's The Educated Child and Charlotte Mason's List of Attainments.

1 comment:

  1. I love your curriculum and I especially love that you have plant and bird identification included. I hadn't thought to add that to our "formal" curriculum but it makes so much sense.