• Our curriculum plans for homeschooling grade one and preschool.
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    An Overview of Our Homemade Grade 1 & Preschool Curriculums

    Today is our official start to our first year homeschooling!

    I have been waiting for this day for about 3 years and I’m kind of nervous that it will all blow up in our faces, I don’t think it will but that fear is definitely there.

    When I started thinking about what I all wanted the kids to learn this year part of me got overwhelmed and just wanted to buy a full pre-made curriculum. BUT one of the reasons we are homeschooling is to have more flexibility in our days and our learning and I knew that wouldn’t be the best way for us.

    So, I decided to hack together a bit of a curriculum (have you watched the hackschooling Tedx talk, so good!). I definitely have a bit of an unschoolers heart but at the same time I want to be able to have a bit of an idea of what we have learned. Plus, at this point my daughter really want to know when we are “doing school” so we are taking a bit of a Charlotte Mason/Unschooling/not sure what else approach. Over all our curriculum is very literature (and notebooking) heavy, we love books here and it’s the perfect way for us to learn about subjects we are interested in.

    Below I’ve shared an overview of our curriculum and many of these subjects I have full posts on (or will soon) so you can follow those links as well.

    Our curriculum plans for homeschooling grade one and preschool.

    GRADE ONE CURRICULUM

    BIBLE

    We will be following the Ambleside Online weekly Bible reading schedule for Year 1. Later in the year we will also be reading some missionary biographies.

    LANGUAGE ARTS

    READING – Our language arts will mostly be a lot of reading, including me reading aloud, audio books and a lot of reading practice for Raeca (I plan on sharing my list of read alouds for this year soon and you can always find out which books we did read in our monthly books we read posts). I also plan on incorporating poetry through a weekly poetry tea time.

    WRITING – we will do some work in a Handwriting Without Tears workbook to work on technique and then we will be notebooking for most of our other subjects.

    MATH

    We have a grade 1 math workbook we will be going through because my daughter loves workbooks but we will also be incorporating a lot of math into real life. You can read our full math plan here.

    SCIENCE

    I am following the grade 1 science plan from The Well-Trained Mind. For grade 1 that means we will study animals, the human body and plants. Here’s our science overview!

    HISTORY

    For history, every 2-3 months we will learn about a different time periods in history; Ancient Times, Middle Ages, Early Modern Era and Modern Era. We will be reading a number of books in each time period, putting them on a timeline and doing a lot of notebooking. I am working on a full post for this that will be coming soon, for now you can check out our elementary ancient times book list.

    GEOGRAPHY

    Geography was something that I was never really taught in school, it was my personal interest in travel (and reading) that lead me to learn where countries are in the world. My enthusiasm has affected my children because I am always showing them where places are on the map, every time we read or hear about a place.

    We are keeping geography super simple this year by focusing on a different country or city each month and reading lots of books about them. We will also learn about landmarks, some of the different foods, special holidays and more. We have actually started to read/learn about Paris so that’s our first city for the year, I’ll have a list of Paris picture books up on Friday and I hope to have a full post to share about our Paris studies soon!

    ART

    I was tempted to make art very formal and complicated but decided to take it easy, it’s grade 1 after all. I plan on purchasing a good art book where we can talk about a few artists and pieces of artwork and maybe try to copy a few here and there. We also plan on utilizing Art Hub for Kids’ free YouTube videos. I will share a post with more details in a few weeks.

    MUSIC

    For music we are focusing on three things: theory study, composer study and piano. You can see the detailed music post here.



    SPANISH

    Spanish is something we will just be doing a little bit. I’ve been learning it a bit on my own (via Duolingo) and because of that Raeca has been picking up on a few things and wanting to learn more. Our full Spanish plan is here.

    PHYSICAL EDUCATION

    I don’t have a actual plan for physical education but we hope to put Raeca into gymnastics this fall, we have a family swim pass and plan on just generally spending time outdoors playing in nature and riding bikes.

    As for a schedule, my plan right now is to do Bible, language arts and math each day. Then Monday and Wednesday we will also add in science, Tuesday will be geography and Thursday will be history. Friday will be more of a fun day and we will work on music and art and then possibly learn through some computer games or videos. I still don’t have time slots for our Spanish or poetry tea time, I’m going to see after the first week or two where it fits in best.

    Our curriculum plans for homeschooling grade one and preschool.

    PRESCHOOL

    Ephraim is 3 years old and definitely different than Raeca was at 3. He doesn’t like to sit still for long, has little interest in coloring and even less interest in writing, so I don’t have huge expectations for the year but I do have a few goals.

    For most of the reading I do with Raeca he will be sitting with us and probably doing something with his hands like playing with Lego or Playdough. I also want a bit of a learning plan for him so that he can be busy doing something while Rae is working on her work because as a highly sensitive child she needs it to be fairly quiet when she is working.

    Originally my plan was to use one of the free curriculums I found online for preschool but they were all so much more intensive than I wanted. Since he doesn’t enjoy sitting for very long and doesn’t have the hand muscles to write yet, the last thing I want to do is try to do too much with him and turn him off. All I was looking for was something that would tell me one thing to do with him each day and I just couldn’t find something like that, so I did what I always do in that situation: DIY.

    I’ve started to create a nice simple three-year-old curriculum with one thing for us to do together each day. Since I’m making this up for myself I decided to share it for anyone else that wants to use it as well. So far I have the first month planned out but I’m hoping to sit down and plan out till Christmas soon.

    The curriculum (using that term very loosely) that I am creating will follow the goals that I have for Ephraim for this preschool year:

    • know uppercase and lowercase letters
    • count and recognize numbers to 20
    • correctly hold and use scissors
    • be able to correctly count objects
    • draw basic shapes
    • learn nursery rhymes (I’ve been slacking with him!)
    • recognize and print his name
    • begin learning letter sounds

    Check out the free preschool curriculum here! (I am actually kind of tempted to write out our grade 1 curriculum in this way as well, if that would be helpful for you let me know!)

    And that’s the gist of our plans for grade 1 & preschool!
    Here’s to the first day of the school year!

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  • How we are adding Spanish into our grade 1 year for free.
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    Our (Free) Grade 1 Spanish Curriculum

    Over the next few weeks I will be sharing how I am planning our practically free grade one curriculum. Today I’m sharing our Spanish curriculum and other installments include:

    If you are looking for ways to save money in your homeschool without skimping on education make sure to come back and check out the other posts in the next few weeks!

    Living in Canada the obvious second language to learn is French, but Spanish has always been more interesting to me (because most of the countries I’d like to visit are Spanish speaking and it was also my Grandma’s second language since she was born and raised in Mexico) so that is the additional language I’m choosing to teach my children.

    I’ve personally been using Duolingo for the past 5 months and while it is working pretty well for me I don’t think it would be a great way for a grade one child to learn another language.

    Before I share this list, I just want to point out one area I left out, one that is usually my go to: books. I intentionally will not be reading Spanish books at least in the beginning of the school year because I feel like my pronunciation is pretty terrible and I’d rather not have my kids have bad habits or pronunciation because of mine. That and the fact that I can not read a whole lot of Spanish words yet so it would probably just be a painful experience all around. Maybe in another few months I’ll change my mind on this but for now that’s where I stand.

    How we are adding Spanish into our grade 1 year for free.

    OUR GRADE ONE
    SPANISH GOALS

    • colors
    • numbers 1-20
    • days of the week
    • months of the year
    • introductory phrases and greetings (“my name is”, “good morning”, etc)
    • animals

    Here’s how we plan on doing it:

    LEARN SONGS

    Singing is a great way for kids to learn and remember what they have been taught. How often do we remember songs from our childhood and start singing them just to realize we remember nearly all the words?

    Some of our favorite songs from YouTube have been:

    COLORS

    COUNTING

    DAYS OF THE WEEK

    MONTHS OF THE YEAR

    OTHER POPULAR SONGS

    PLAYING GAMES

    I came across the idea of playing BINGO where the sheets have pictures of objects (or what I’d like to do is animals) and then you call out the Spanish word for that animal (or color, number, food, etc). It would be great practice for everyone involved.

    LABEL THINGS

    Once we know more objects I’d love to label things around the house with the Spanish word, I think it would be a great reminder to use Spanish throughout the day.

    WEBSITES & APPS

    And that’s it! It’s a pretty light year but with it being our first year homeschooling I don’t want to add too much in and have us all get overwhelmed. I’d rather have lower expectations for learning a second language and have to add in additional stuff throughout the year than have a big plan and not reach it.

    Do you have any free Spanish resources
    you would add in?