Getting Started with 1st Grade Homeschool

1st 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. First grade homeschoolers will build language skills in reading, spelling, and writing, while also learning addition, subtraction, and how to tell time.

Possibly more importantly, your first grader is ready to tackle some 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, finding answers to questions, and basic safety skills (including computer safety.)

A typical course of study for first grade homeschoolers includes language arts , math, social studies, and science. To view a comprehensive list of the types of lessons that are included in a 1st grade homeschool curriculum, explore Time4Learning’s scope and sequence page.

Ten Tips for Homeschooling 1st Grade

  1. Unless you are planning to put your child right back into school after a year of homeschooling, you may find that grading your child’s 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.
  2. Planning lessons for 1st grade can be as involved or as simple as you want it to be. Some homeschool parents find that they need to plan out most every detail of their homeschool day or week, while other parents are fine with jotting down some general things they want to cover and letting the flow of the day dictate how they get lessons accomplished.
  3. Don’t get so focused on the academic goals of your homeschool year that you forget to enjoy just learning together.
  4. While convenient, there is no reason that families have to have a dedicated “homeschool room.” Families living in smaller spaces often find that as long as they have a dedicated area of their home to store their supplies, they can learn equally well in any room and even outside!
  5. Homeschooled kids and homeschooling parents both benefit from regular outings with other families. Find out if your area has a local homeschool support group and get involved with field trips, clubs, and community service activities they offer.
  6. Children who have a hard time concentrating for long periods might be helped by breaking homeschool study periods into 15-minute chunks. Between chunks, the child can play outside, have fun with an educational computer game, or relax for a few minutes.
  7. Don’t expect your 1st grade homeschooler to work independently for very long at a time. At this level, students need ongoing guidance and feedback.
  8. 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 in your homeschool.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.

1st Grade Homeschool Curriculum

For 1st graders, Time4Learning provides language arts, math, and science. Time4Learning’s language arts and math curricula are both standards-based. Students also get access to a parent-controlled online playground. Subjects are presented with web-based software organized into multimedia chapters composed of interactive lessons, printable worksheets and graded activities. First graders are guided through the online activities at their own pace by an automated software system.

Time4Learning’s software program is entirely web-based so there is nothing to download, no CDs and nothing additional to purchase. Members can access our first grade software program from any location with a computer and Internet connection.

Homeschool in 1st grade at Time4Learning includes multiple benefits for parents and students:

  • Detailed lesson content so that parents can explore lessons in advance
  • A secure, ad-free online learning environment
  • The ability for students to access their lessons on a computer or a mobile device (via the Puffin Academy app)
  • An automated system that grades lessons and keeps reports for homeschool portfolio usage
  • The option for parents to set grade levels independently for each subject
  • Flexibility to use the curriculum as the core of their homeschool or as a supplement to other programs

Have other questions about homeschooling 1st grade? Visit our 1st grade homeschool information page for an overview of everything Time4Learning has to offer your student.

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