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First Grade

Our First Grade Curricula

For Michelle

Spiritual

Art

Nature

Literature

Current Read Aloud(s)

  • The Virginia Burton Treasury
  • Matilda (again)

General

Reading

  • The Road to Reading by T.H. MacDonald (I prefer the format of this book. I feel OPG is too thorough and at the rate we’re going, we won’t finish it for another 1.5-2 years. I want to be done teaching phonics by the end of first grade and I feel this book covers enough to create an independent reader…they don’t need to know every variation of every phonics rule in order to read; they can figure it out as they go. We’re not “doing” the lessons in this book, either. I simply explain the phonics rule and have him read a few examples. Almost inevitably the rule will turn up in whatever book he chooses to read for that day.)
  • The Ordinary Parent’s Guide to Teaching Reading (used purely for reference of new sounds to teach; we don’t ‘do’ the lessons)
  • Modern Curriculum Press Phonics A & B
  • Lots of good story books

Shakespeare

Literature

  • Beatrix Potter
  • Winnie the Pooh series
  • The Aesop for Children
  • The Adventures of Pinnochio
  • The Tale of Despereaux
  • Pippi Longstocking
  • The Wind in the Willows (abridged by Inga Moore)
  • Lots of Paddington (chapter) books

Poetry & Nursery Rhymes

Handwriting/ Copy Work

Writing

Grammar

Spelling

History/Geography

Egypt (We read many, many books on Ancient Egypt; here are a few of our favourites)

India

China

Greece

British History

Math

http://www.livingmath.net/

Science

Natural History

Outdoor Hour

Reptiles

Cats

Birds (we’re leaving birds for now)

Drawing

(We’re postponing drawing for a year or so)

Art

Composer Study/ Music

Artist Study

Monet

Van Gogh

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