• Eight Great Novels to Read Aloud in Grade One
    book lists,  curriculum,  elementary,  grade 1

    Grade One Read Aloud Novels – Term One

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    The winner of one of our favorite picture books is:

    Kenzie!!!
    Congratulations! I’ll be emailing you for your address and picture book choice this weekend!

    I wrote out a couple of different grade one book lists at the beginning of the school year, like grade one read aloud novels and classic novels for grade one and two and we’ve been reading some of them but we’ve also just randomly been reading the books that catch our eye.

    I’m sure we’ll read more from each of the lists as the year goes on, for now, here are the novels we’ve read, and enjoyed, in the first four months of grade one.

    Great Grade One Read Aloud Novels

     

    EIGHT GRADE ONE READ ALOUD NOVELS

    Little House in the Big Woods

    Told from four-year-old Laura’s point of view, this story begins in 1871 in a little log cabin on the edge of the Big Woods of Wisconsin. Laura lives in the little house with her Pa, her Ma, her sisters Mary and Carrie, and their trusty dog, Jack.

    Little House on the Prairie

    The adventures continue for Laura Ingalls and her family as they leave their little house in the Big Woods of Wisconsin and set out for Kansas. They travel for many days in their covered wagon until they find the best spot to build their little house on the prairie.

    Attack at the Arena

    Patrick and Beth learn that Mr. Whittaker’s fancy ring can be seen inside the Imagination Station but not outside of the machine. A mysterious letter leads the cousins to fifth-century Rome in search of a special cup that belongs to a monk. If found, the cup could keep the mysterious Albert out of prison. At the Roman Colosseum, Emperor Honorius is hosting a gladiator battle in celebration of a war victory. Beth attends the event as the emperor’s slave; Patrick attends as a monk’s apprentice but is taken prisoner and sent to fight in the arena. During their adventure, the cousins meet Telemachus (a true historical figure), a monk who believes that fighting is wrong. Telemachus is willing to risk everything―even his life―to stop the killing. When the cousins return with the cup, they find that a third letter has been sent with more information about Albert’s fate.

    Frindle

    Is Nick Allen a troublemaker? He really just likes to liven things up at school — and he’s always had plenty of great ideas. When Nick learns some interesting information about how words are created, suddenly he’s got the inspiration for his best plan ever…the frindle. Who says a pen has to be called a pen? Why not call it a frindle?

    Matilda

    Matilda is a sweet, exceptional young girl, but her parents think she’s just a nuisance. She expects school to be different but there she has to face Miss Trunchbull, a kid-hating terror of a headmistress. When Matilda is attacked by the Trunchbull she suddenly discovers she has a remarkable power with which to fight back. It’ll take a superhuman genius to give Miss Trunchbull what she deserves and Matilda may be just the one to do it!

    Winnie-the-Pooh

    Since 1926, Winnie-the-Pooh and his friends—Piglet, Owl, Tigger, and the ever doleful Eeyore—have endured as the unforgettable creations of A.A. Milne, who wrote this book for his son, Christopher Robin, and Ernest H. Shepard, who lovingly gave Pooh and his companions shape. These characters and their stories are timeless treasures of childhood that continue to speak to all of us with the kind of freshness and heart that distinguishes true storytelling.

    The Water Horse

    When eight-year-old Kirstie finds a strange egg near her home, she has no idea what will come out. Part horse, part toad, part turtle, and part crocodile? Only Kirstie’s grandfather knows what it is: a water horse! While it is certainly the oddest-looking creature Kirstie has ever seen, it is also the gentlest. But soon, the unusual pet gets bigger. And bigger. And BIGGER. Will Kirstie and her family be able to keep their new pet or will he have to make a splash in someone else’s home?

    The Secret Garden

    This is the poignant tale of a lonely little girl, orphaned and sent to a Yorkshire mansion at the edge of a vast lonely moor. At first, she is frightened by this gloomy place, but with the help of the local boy Dicken, who earns the trust of the moor’s wild animals with his honesty and love, the invalid Colin, a spoiled, unhappy boy terrified of life, and a mysterious, abandoned garden, Mary is eventually overcome by the mystery of life itself—its birth and renewal, its love and joy.

  • Break Week - Our Homeschool Week Eleven - Break Week
    curriculum,  grade 1,  real homeschool stories

    Grade One Curriculum – Week 11 – Break Week

    Last week was week eleven in our homeschool year and I decided it was time for a bit of break.

    I know a number of homeschool families who work in a week off every six weeks into their homeschool schedule right at the beginning of the year. The idea sounded good to me off the bat but I wanted to actually get into our year before deciding when we would have a break.

    It wasn’t like we needed a break but it was to the point where I could tell it would be good for all of us. The work was slacking, we were doing the minimum amount required so we could check the boxes. Plus, we were getting tired of some of the things we were studying.

    Insert break week!

    Free Grade One Homeschool Curriculum - week 11 - break week!

    Initially I had visions of break week being a nice relaxing week where we sat around sipping hot cocoa and reading lots of books. It didn’t really turn out like that.

    One of the reasons I wanted to have a break the particular week that we did was because I was launching a new online course (and working on another one) and knew it would be a big week work wise, but I hadn’t realized how much it would require of me. For that reason there was a lot of unstructured play time, and since the weather has been unseasonably warm here we took advantage of that and spent a good deal of time outside as well.

    In addition to free play we also did a lot of art; drawing, painting and crafting.

    There was definitely some TV time in there too, thankfully the kids are loving The Magic School Bus right now so it made me feel a little better knowing it was at least semi-educational TV time.

    It wasn’t anything revolutionary but that was our break week. I even took the time to take a week off of writing here (though I took off Wednesday-Tuesday), in both our school and this blog it has left us feeling rejuvenated and ready to get back to work again.

    I’m already looking at the calendar wondering where we can insert our next break. 🙂

    You can see our grade one curriculum by week here.

  • Grade 1 Curriculum Weeks 5 & 6
    curriculum,  grade 1

    Grade One Curriculum – Weeks 5 & 6

    Here is the third installment to our homemade grade one curriculum.

    To keep things a bit organized I’ve created a Grade One Curriculum page where I will have links to each of the weeks as I post them, you can head there to get the link for previous weeks as well as an overview to our year and links to some of the books we will be trying to read this year.

    On to weeks 5 & 6!

    Our Homemade Grade One Homeschool Curriculum - Weeks 3 & 4 - includes Bible, writing, reading, math, science, history, geography, art and music!

    GRADE ONE CURRICULUM
    WEEK FIVE

    We hit a bit of a groove this week I think!

    The previous week Raeca read her first chapter book to herself (Twister on Tuesday) and suddenly she is reading at every chance she can, this week she read two more Magic Tree House books in her free time.

    OUR READ ALOUDS THIS WEEK:

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    MONDAY

    BIBLE

    • The Ladder that Reached to Heaven – Genesis 28:10-22

    MATH

    • adding and subracting up to 6

    SCIENCE

    • research and notebook a page on jellyfish

    ART

    • study ancient Roman mosaics
    • create a sunrise mosiac

    TUESDAY

    BIBLE

    MATH

    • adding and subtracting 1-6

    GEOGRAPHY

    • read Mexico picture books, specifically about pinatas

    WEDNESDAY

    BIBLE

    MATH

    • subtracting 1-6

    POETRY TEA TIME

    THURSDAY

    We had some personal stuff this day so no school!

    FRIDAY

    SWIMMING

    GRADE ONE CURRICULUM
    WEEK SIX

    Another pretty good week. Raeca read three Magic Tree House books this week.

    OUR READ ALOUDS THIS WEEK:

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    [mybooktable book=”vacation-under-the-volcano” display=”summary” buybutton_shadowbox=”false”]

    MONDAY

    BIBLE

    • Joseph’s Dreams & Sold Into Slavery – Genesis 37:1-28

    MATH

    • adding and subracting up to 6 on the number line

    SCIENCE

    • research and notebook a page on geese

    ART

    READING

    TUESDAY

    BIBLE

    MATH

    • adding and subtracting 0 & 1

    GEOGRAPHY

    • read Mexico picture books

    WEDNESDAY

    BIBLE

    MATH

    • adding and subtracting fact familes 7 & 8

    POETRY TEA TIME

    THURSDAY

    BIBLE

    HISTORY

    FRIDAY

    DAY OFF!

    Well, that was weeks 5 & 6! Thankfully we got into more of a routine after our experimental third and fourth weeks.

    Weeks 7 & 8 coming soon!

  • Our Homemade Grade One Homeschool Curriculum - Weeks 3 & 4 - includes Bible, writing, reading, math, science, history, geography, art and music!
    curriculum,  grade 1

    Grade One Curriculum – Weeks 3 & 4

    Here is the second installment to our homemade grade one curriculum.

    To keep things a bit organized I’ve created a Grade One Curriculum page where I will have links to each of the weeks as I post them, you can head there to get the link for weeks 1 & 2 as well as an overview to our year and links to some of the books we will be trying to read this year.

    On to weeks 3 & 4!

    Our Homemade Grade One Homeschool Curriculum - Weeks 3 & 4 - includes Bible, writing, reading, math, science, history, geography, art and music!

    GRADE ONE CURRICULUM
    WEEK THREE

    We did one major switch up this week: we have moved math up in our morning. It has been working better to either do it first thing or right after our Bible story otherwise it seemed like Raeca was feeling overwhelmed with math but she still felt like she needed to do it.

    MONDAY

    It was Labor Day, so no school!

    TUESDAY

    BIBLE

    • Abraham & Isaac – Genesis 22:1-19

    MATH

    • adding and subtracting page in workbook

    WRITING

    • copying memory verse

    GEOGRAPHY

    • introduction to Mexico
    • drew the Mexican flag in notebook

    WEDNESDAY

    BIBLE

    WRITING

    • continued copying memory verse

    MATH

    • counting by 1’s and 10’s
    • page in workbook

    SCIENCE

    • read about the pilot fish
    • created a pilot fish notebook page

    POETRY TEA TIME

    THURSDAY

    BIBLE

    MATH

    • tens and ones

    HISTORY

    • continued reading Attack at the Arena
    • browsed and read pages of an Ancient Rome encyclopedia about gladiator fights

    FRIDAY

    I don’t know what we did on Friday – apparently I didn’t record anything!

    GRADE ONE CURRICULUM
    WEEK FOUR

    I tried a new system for our week and instead of writing down what we would do each day I just wrote down what I wanted to get completed for each subject for the week. It was a flop. Ha, had to learn by doing I suppose.

    We also decided to try to fit our work into 4 days instead of 5 and use Friday as a swimming day – that worked out pretty well and is something we want to try to continue.

    BIBLE

    • The Sale of Birthright

    WRITING

    • memory verse

    READING

    MATH

    • greater than & less than
    • adding & subtracting

    SCIENCE

    • green sea turtle
    • jellyfish

    GEOGRAPHY

    • read picture books about Mexico

    HISTORY

    MUSIC

    Well, that was weeks 3 & 4! They were definitely experimental weeks while we continued to search for a rhythm that works for us.

    Weeks 5 & 6 coming soon!

  • Our Homemade Grade One Homeschool Curriculum - Weeks 1 & 2
    curriculum,  grade 1

    Grade One Curriculum – Weeks 1 & 2

    I thought I would take some time to share here a more detailed list of what we are doing in for grade 1. I’ve got a few weeks to catch up on and then I’ll be sharing these closer to “real time”.

    I shared a bit of an overview of our homemade grade one curriculum last month and this will break it down into a more detailed view.

    To keep things a bit organized I’ve created a Grade One Curriculum page where I will have links to each of the weeks as I post them.

    We also read a lot of picture books and read alouds just for fun which I probably won’t post in these weekly reviews but you can check our favorites out in our homeschool month in review: books we enjoyed posts.

    Okay, let’s talk about weeks 1 & 2!

    Our Homemade Grade One Homeschool Curriculum - Weeks 1 & 2 - includes Bible, writing, reading, math, science, history, geography, art and music!

    GRADE ONE CURRICULUM
    WEEK ONE

    This week was a lot of an introduction to the various subjects. Also, we only started our week on Wednesday to be able to slowly easy into the new routine. Looking back now it’s amazing to see how much our schedule has already changed.

    These first few weeks feel so long ago that they probably will probably be lacking in the details. Once I get start sharing the weeks shortly after they happen it will be easier to give more details to our days.

    WEDNESDAY

    BIBLE

    • The Story of Creation & Adam and Eve

    WRITING

    • Handwriting Without Tears pages 18-19

    MATH

    • using manipulatives in subtraction from 10 (we used beads on a pipe cleaner)
    • subtraction page from a workbook using above manipulative

    SCIENCE

    THURSDAY

    BIBLE

    WRITING

    • Handwriting Without Tears pages 20-21

    READING

    MATH

    • adding using a number line
    • addition page in math workbook

    HISTORY

    FRIDAY

    BIBLE

    READING

    ART

    MUSIC

     

    GRADE ONE CURRICULUM
    WEEK TWO

    MONDAY

    BIBLE

    • The Flood

    WRITING

    • Aa-Pp copywork in a notebook

    READING

    MATH

    • adding 1 to a number
    • page in workbook

    SCIENCE

    TUESDAY

    BIBLE

    MATH

    • read 12 Ways To Get to 11
    • got out a blank piece of paper and copied down some of the equations from the book

    GEOGRAPHY

    • found Paris on the map
    • drew the French flag

    WEDNESDAY

    BIBLE

    WRITING

    • Qq-Zz copywork in notebook

    MATH

    • subtracting from 12 on the number line, page in workbook

    POETRY TEA TIME

    THURSDAY

    BIBLE

    WRITING

    • copied Bible verse from church (John 1:1)

    MATH

    • subtracting from 12 on the number line, page in workbook

    HISTORY

    • introduction to a timeline
    • added her birth into the timeline
    • added Laura Ingalls Wilder’s birth into the timeline
    • continued reading Attack at the Arena

    FRIDAY

    BIBLE

    MUSIC

    And that was weeks 1 & 2! It feels like forever ago already (it’s only been a month).

    Weeks 3 & 4 coming soon!

    Linking up with the Homeschool Nook Link Up.