Our 1st & 3rd Grade Curriculum, Term 1- 2016-2017

Last week I briefly and very generally shared our homeschool plans for the coming year. I want to elaborate on the specifics in this post. My intentions are simply to share what we are doing/reading/learning in an attempt to help and encourage anyone who might need some guidance or ideas :) Our school year is broken up into 3 terms. Each term is 12 weeks long but at week 6, we take a short break. This year I will have a baby in January, so our second term will look a little different than … [Read more...]

First Start Reading {Review}

My oldest daughter started reading when she was 4 and is now a voracious reader. Her younger sister, however, has struggled with learning how to read. We've tried several reading and phonics programs, but none have been successful. While many homeschool moms would advise me to hold off on instruction, Cora is determined to learn how to read and for a child with such a desire, it's important, I think, to do what I can to help her. So, when offered the chance to review First Start Reading from … [Read more...]

Homeschooling 1st Grade & PreK: Our 2014-2015 Curriculum

As I mentioned in my post on year round homeschooling, we aren't concerned with grade levels. My girls are ages 5 1/2, 3 1/2, and 2, and, by law, my oldest Kate doesn't have to start school until October when she turns 6. However, she's been wanting to learn how to read since she was 4, so it just made sense to start "school" when she was ready. While technically Kate would be entering kindergarten this fall, we actually completed her kindergarten work plus some first grade-level materials in … [Read more...]