1st Grade Homeschool Curriculum
Going from kindergarten to first grade is a big transition for students and their parents. A first grade education builds on what a child has learned in kindergarten, and also sets the stage for the learning that will take place in the years to come.
Finding the right first grade curriculum entails doing a bit of research, but knowing what to look for will save you time. This page contains information that can help you give your child the best first grade education, including what to teach, how to homeschool a first grader, how Time4Learning’s online first grade curriculum can help your child succeed, and more.
What do First Graders Learn?
Students entering first grade are expected to have an understanding and knowledge of basic skills in language arts, math, science and social studies. This will help them expand on those skills and gain new ones quickly and easily.
Below are some of the skills and concepts that a first grade student will typically learn:
- Become an independent reader, improve their phonics, phonemic awareness, and comprehension
- Grammar skills including capitalization and punctuation
- Handwriting skills, writing their name as well as simple words and sentences
- Math skills such as adding and subtracting single digit or small numbers, greater than and less than concepts, identifying patterns and shapes
- How to make scientific observations and record these in writing, pictures and/or graphs.
- Symbols that represent the U.S.
- Important figures and events in U.S. history
- The difference between living and nonliving things
- The importance of the sun in relation to Earth and living things
First Grade Curriculum Overview
A typical first grade curriculum will teach math, language arts and science. Within these subjects, students will learn about a wide range of topics in order to meet their learning objectives for the year.
Many homeschooling families will choose to add a number of other subjects to their child’s 1st grade curriculum like social studies, art, and physical education, and even extracurricular activities such as sports and music.
This year, students will continue to learn foundational math skills while they explore more advanced concepts. They’ll also continue to build their reading and writing skills, comprehension strategies and increase their phonics knowledge.
When researching a first grade homeschool curriculum, it’s important to ensure that it:
- Makes learning fun with interactive content that keeps your child engaged and stimulated.
- Teaches fundamental concepts in all the core subjects to help students meet learning objectives.
- Assesses students periodically to ensure mastery and understanding of content.
- Provides plenty of opportunities for extra practice and reinforcement.
- Allows students to work at their own pace so they can fully understand concepts and material.
- Includes activities that help students build important critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
Since homeschooling requirements vary by state, it’s important that you research your state’s homeschool laws to ensure the curriculum you choose meets those requirements.
1st Grade Math Curriculum
An effective first grade curriculum will build on the skills learned in kindergarten and further students’ knowledge and mastery in topics like number sense, fractions, operations, money, patterns, and more.
For more detailed information, visit our Math Curriculum for 1st Graders page.
1st Grade Language Arts Curriculum
A first grade homeschool curriculum for language arts should continue to expand on a child’s reading and writing skills, develop an understanding of spelling rules, build comprehension skills, and more.
To learn more about how Time4Learning can help your first grader, visit our Language Arts Curriculum for 1st Graders page
1st Grade Science Curriculum
When teaching science in your homeschool, give students the tools to create a solid foundation and understanding of crucial science concepts that will set the stage for further learning in the years to come.
Time4Learning’s first grade curriculum covers all these and more. Learn more on our Science Curriculum for First Graders page.
How to Homeschool a First Grader
Homeschooling first grade may sound like a daunting task, but it doesn’t have to be. Knowing what to look for in a curriculum is a start, but you may still have a lot of unanswered questions. How do you know what curriculum is best for your first grader? What schedule should you follow? What kind of learning objectives should you focus on?
We’ve created a quick helpful guide to help you through the getting started process. Read more on our How to Homeschool First Grade page.
Why Choose Time4Learning 1st Grade Homeschool Curriculum?
When choosing a curriculum for your first grader, try to keep it fun and engaging. Hands-on and interactive activities tend to get young students excited about learning. Our online first grade curriculum teaches students through fun, interactive lessons and activities, printable worksheets, and more. With a simple-to-follow format that builds on previous material, students are able to expand their knowledge and build their skills in order to master concepts in math, language arts, and more.
Below are just some of the benefits and features of our award-winning curriculum, whether you use it as a full curriculum for your 1st grader or for afterschool skill-building.
|As a Full Curriculum
||As a Supplement
FAQ’s About Homeschooling 1st Grade
- Why is first grade important? First grade is full of important milestones and transitions. Instead of focusing on play, students will now begin to lay down a learning foundation as they build their academic skills. A major focus this year will be reading as students develop their literacy, comprehension and communication skills.
- What age is first grade? Usually, children begin first grade when they are six or seven years old depending on compulsory attendance requirements where you live. That said, it’s up to parents to determine when they feel their child is ready to start first grade. Go to our how to homeschool a six year old page to learn more.
- What should my child know going into first grade? Students should have some knowledge of reading and reading comprehension skills including knowing the alphabet, writing their name, recognizing and writing lower and upper case letters, and being familiar with sight words. As far as math skills, students should understand the concept of addition and subtraction, know their numbers up to 30, and recognize different patterns and shapes.
- How can I prepare my child for first grade? There’s a lot parents can do to prepare their children for first grade. Many families choose to begin their children’s education in kindergarten, or even earlier. Introducing students to a number of fundamental skills in math, reading and writing will give them an advantage when starting first grade. You can find some helpful ideas on our How to Homeschool Kindergarten page.