first thoughts on first grade

First Grade, thinking about YES first grade …. Big Brother will be in First Grade this fall, though honestly his math already is.  I will not be using a “boxed” curriculum; but I will be using and stabled “open and go” curriculum for each individual subject (much like I have this year, but more structures and goal directed).  I do not feel confident in my ablity to “build it” all alone, but I have also not found one that fits all our needs.  I am really excited about a number of the resources I have picked out.


*** Before a title means that choice has been made and I do not anticipate it being changed.


All others are a rough frame, more or less under consideration, seeing how things shape up.  Some of it I am sure of, some of it I am still up in the air about.  This is mainly the shape I want for First Grade.  I am getting really excited about a number of our resources; we going to be reading a ton and doing some really cool stuff.   I am praying for a little more maturity is the student to makje things so smoothly too.


Little Brother maybe be doing a formal Kindy in the fall also, he has spent a lot of time following along this year.  Either way he’ll be a part of all the read-a-louds and woill always be following along with us, like this year.  Kindy or not, will depend on his writing ability and his interest level.  I’d say it is a 50/50 chance.  I will likely let him do Kindy work as he asks, but I won’t ask him.  Then in 2013 he can officially do Kindy and if some, or most, of his work is 1st grade level, well that is the joy of home school.  It is very important to us, as a family, not to push early academics, so I’ll not be officially enrolling him, till fall of 2013, right before he is 6.


***Explore the Code (example
***Read-a-louds: at MUCH FASTER PACE THAN SO FAR UNDERTAKEN. Adding narration and retelling activities to challenge comprehension and “take away” from the readings.  (see My Draft of Read-A-Louds)
Core Virtues: A Literature-Based Program in Character Education
Teaching Character thought Literature from Barefoot Books: 
Spelling Workout: Level A, Student Edition
***The Complete Writer: Writing with Ease
***The Complete Writer: Level 1 Workbook for Writing with Ease  
***First Language Lessons for the Well-Trained Mind: Level 1
Considering Language Smarts™ Level B (Color) as travel ‘fun to take with us’ workbook supplement.
I am hoping his frustration level will have decreased and we can begin copy work.
***Introduction to the Orchestra
***Introduction to Classical Music 
Also considering:
13 American Artists Children Should Know 
13 Artists Children Should Know 
still undecided really leaning towards:  Sonlight publishing level A  Biology, Botany, and Physics
Considering Supplementing with Developing Critical Thinking through Science Book 1 
Also considering:
Building Foundations of Scientific Understanding: A Science Curriculum for K-2  (may hold this off till 2nd)
Christian Kids Explore Earth And Space (concerned there is no clear age level)
SOCIAL STUDIES – studyingAmerica
***Truthquest History Guide: American History for Young Students Volume 1
***Introduction to U.S. Composers Foster, Sousa, and Gershwin
***How to Raise an American: 1776 Fun and Easy Tools, Tips, and Activities to Help Your Child Love This Country 
***Cooking Up U.S.History: Recipes and Research to Share with Children 
***The Story of the World: History for the Classical Child: Volume 1: Ancient Times: From the Earliest Nomads to the Last Roman Emperor, Revised Edition  and activity books 
***BiblioPlan.  Family Guide (teacher’s guide) and Cool Hisistory (activity Guide).  BibliPlan dove tails with The Story of the World and is created to go together.  In First grade most of history is going to be reading stories and doing crafts or maps or other activates; as opposed to dry reading of names and dates and testing.
***The Ancient World of the Bible 
? something modern…
***Read though the entire Bible hitting all the major stories:
 ***Bible Study series continued from Kindy – the You Want Me to Do What series.
 Symbols of Faith: Teaching the Images of the Christian Faith 
Building Thinking Skills® Primary
Mind Benders® Book 2 (did book 1 this year)
Hands-On Thinking Skills 
***   Mammath Math
***Mathematics Enhancement Programme   (year 2, doing year 1 as Kindy)

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