I have been honing our first grade plans. I have been thinking about First Grade for a while (see). Actually Big Brother could start First any time; and I have been struggling with “wait till fall” (that is going to be in the middle / right after our move) or starting now on at least some of it. I know I want to school though June and in to July since our move is set for August and I do not see much happening in August or September school wise; at least not enough. That gives us 3.5 months of First; realistically “waiting until fall” to start the new First Grade stuff is going to mean waiting till September (maybe the middle to end even) to start. Not sure I like that. I worry he is not challenged enough now; granted he is challenges by the process (sitting, doing, finishing) but not by the materials. We have workbooks to finish we have been using this year; but I do not want to “stick to Kindy” work though the end of June. I know I need to be challenging him more (on process and content) and that is going to be really hard to “start” in September or October. Many of the books are listed as K to 1st as it is. Granted I will officially enroll Big as Fist Grade in the fall no matter how far we are into the subject matter, but I really feel he is ready and waiting till September or October is would be unfair to him. Ok, yes, part if it is just the excitement at starting new things, but a much bigger part of it is feeling he is ready.
So I have been refining our list of First Grade curriculum choices so I am sure I know what I want to use with him (and then with Little Brother in 2 more years). My plan is to buy and add one core subject per month. Along with that we’ll finish up the current stack of workbooks; I am good with adding extra time to our school day, I plan to spend more time schooling next year, so this is a good start. After I have added the cores (Language Arts, Math, Science, History both US and World); I’ll leave the “extras” (music, logic) for after the move; for some time in September. So by then we’ll be solid in our first grade work, used to more table time, and ready to flesh out our curriculum with music and art and so on.
The really cool things about buying our First Grade curriculum, is that with a few exceptions (like the Exploring the Code workbooks or the Bible Study workbooks) everything is non-consumable (Story of the World) or reproducible (Critical Thinking Company books) so most of the expense of FG is a onetime expense.
Here is the current plan (and, YES, it is significantly different that the draft I started with):
Explore the Code (example). Continuing on from book to book as we are doing now. (I already have the next 3 books on my shelf waiting for us, we are on the 2nd book)
Read-a-louds: (see My Draft of Read-A-Loud
ART / MUSIC
Also For after we finish our current Art Treasury:
Sonlight publishing level A Biology, Botany, and Physics
SOCIAL STUDIES – studying America
Truthquest History Guide: American History for Young Students Volume 1
BIBLE / FAITH:
Read though the entire Bible hitting all the major stories:
Bible Study series continued from Kindy – the You Want Me to Do What series.
Mathematics Enhancement Programme (year 2, doing year 1 as Kindy)