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Getting Started with First Grade Homeschool

First Grade Homeschooling Overview

As far as school progression goes, there aren’t many years with more importance than first grade. That’s because this is the year when the true building blocks of math and reading are set in place. So what do you need to know to homeschool your first grader?

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A typical focus of study for first grade homeschoolers is to build language skills in reading, spelling, and writing, while also learning addition, subtraction, and how to tell time. To view a comprehensive list of the types of lessons that are included in a first grade homeschool curriculum, explore Time4Learning’s scope and sequence page for language arts and math.

A second area of importance is introducing your first grader to practical life skills and personal responsibilities. Alongside their academic learning, part of your task as a homeschool teacher is to impart the life skills that your student will carry through life. You’ll want to allot time for training in putting things away after using them, using words to resolve conflicts, following directions, how to care for themselves or their environment, finding answers to questions, and basic safety skills (including computer safety.)

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Ten Tips for Homeschooling First Grade

Homeschooling has so much to do with things other than teaching but here are ten tips for getting started with homeschooling your first grader.

  1. Your state’s department of education website can be an invaluable resource for what a typical course of study for your child’s grade level includes. This should only serve as a comparative tool, however, since ultimately, a homeschool student’s coursework is determined by the student and parent.
  2. While convenient a dedicated “homeschool room” isn’t for everyone. Dedicate a spot in your home to store the supplies or keep materials organized; all things related to learning can be done in any room and even outside!
  3. Plan lessons at a pace that makes sense to you and your schedule. Some homeschool parents find it necessary to plan out every detail of their homeschool day or week with a journal or software program, while other parents jot down general goals to achieve on a calendar and let the flow of the day dictate how they get lessons accomplished.There is no right or wrong way, it all starts with understanding your goals of homeschooling and the needs of your children.
  4. Don’t expect your first grade homeschooler to work independently for long periods of time. At this level, students need ongoing guidance and feedback. Look to check-in with them regularly during short lesson breaks.
  5. Break up homeschool study periods into 15-minute chunks. Between chunks, the child can play outside, have fun with an educational computer game, read, play an instrument or relax for a few minutes. As your first grade child gets older, expand the length of study time.
  6. To grade or not to grade. Unless you are planning to put your child right back into school after a year of homeschooling, some parents find that grading assignments is far less important in homeschool than in traditional school. Parents often discover that they are able to accurately assess how well their child is learning without the use of a grading scale.
  7. Prevent burnout by scheduling regular outings with other families. Find out if your area has a local homeschool support group or meetups at the library and get involved with field trips, clubs, and community service activities they offer.
  8. Even homeschool parents need down-time during the day, so don’t forget to schedule in some time for you to take a break from homeschooling and rejuvenate with something you enjoy.
  9. If your state offers a tax-free school supplies day, that is the perfect opportunity to stock up on items you think you may use to enhance your homeschool experience.
  10. Don’t get so focused on the academic goals of your homeschool year that you forget to enjoy just learning together.

First Grade Homeschool Curriculum

For first graders, Time4Learning provides language arts, math, and science. Within the program, subjects are organized into multimedia chapters with interactive lessons, printable lesson worksheets and graded activities. And with an automated software system, first graders are guided through the online activities at their own pace based on their learning levels.

Why Try Time4Learning Homeschool Curriculum:

  • Students get individual logins and work at their own pace which can lead to more effective learning
  • Parents can set the grade levels independently for each subject so students learn at their own speed
  • Member-only access to detailed printable lesson plans and homeschool teaching tools to review lesson contents
  • Time-stamping feature on the activities for attendance and record keeping
  • Automated grading feeds homeschool portfolio usage making record keeping simple
  • Detailed reporting for portfolio usage and parental support through our online Parent Forum
  • Entirely web based, no software to download, no CDs and nothing additional to purchase
  • Affordable membership backed by a 14-day money-back guarantee. You can start, stop, or pause your membership at any time without penalty

First Grade Homeschool Resources

If you’re interested in homeschooling for first grade, you might also be interested in:

Online Curriculum for Homeschool, Afterschool and Summer Use

If you are just learning about Time4Learning, we’d suggest first looking at our interactive lesson demos.

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