Creating a Homeschool Curriculum: Kindergarten – Grade 1

How to Create Your Own Homeschool Curriculum: K, Gr. 1

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This FREE 50-page Homeschool Resource has been created to help answer some basic questions: What subjects should I teach my Kindergartner/1st Grader?  Where do I start? How do I know what to teach my kids?

Every child is different, but I wanted to offer a starting point. Hopefully you’ll find some ideas and printables that will work with your kids!

Creating your homeschool curriculum is easier than you might think. Decide on the basic subjects you’ll want to cover – and then choose the topics you want to start with.  Sounds easy, right?  But when there is SO much you can cover, it’s hard to know where to start.  This resource shows what we covered in Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies in kindergarten and first grade. Glance over what we did and see what is appealing to you. Ask your child what they are interested in learning and go from there!

One of the things I hear a lot about our blog is that there is so much to take in, it can be overwhelming.  That is especially true if you are a new homeschooler just starting out.  I have set out to make a series of resource packets with ideas of what you could cover in your homeschool in K-1, 2-3, 4-5, and 6-8. I hope these resource packets are helpful. (Please let me know!!) When I started putting this K-Gr. 1 Resource together, I figured it would be just a few pages. By the time I finished it was almost 50 pages long! You’ll find the link to download this down a bit lower in this post.

I have three kids.  All three of my kids have had a different experience as they’ve come up through the grades.  That’s partly while you’ll find SO many options on our blog!

We do most of our units together, so my kindergartner and my 5th grader would have been doing the same units at the same time.  The material might have been a stretch for my kindergartner.  A few years later, though, we would cycle around and do our units again so the kids would get the material again on a different level. The reverse is also true. Sometimes we would do a unit geared more for my youngest like the States of Matter that we did this fall. My older two participated/reviewed the material. Then we went on into more depth (in this case with the Physical and Chemical Properties of Matter unit).

What I hope to do with this series is give you a framework of what we did.  You can look at what we did and pick and choose what might work for your family.  That’s the wonderful thing about homeschooling, you create a curriculum path that works for you!

You can cover the material with purchased homeschool curriculum. Or, you can just borrow books from the library.  You can do projects, lapbooks, or notebook pages.  You can do experiments, crafts, posters, mini-research projects and all kinds of things to help your kids learn. You can read aloud non-fiction and fiction books.  You can watch videos… anything from the Magic School Bus (for younger kids) to documentaries (for older students).  In the right context, (fictional) movies can be very educational as well!  You can go on field trips, to museums, and explore the online world. … and much, much more!

My highest goals have been to make the learning creative and engaging for the kids. I want them to have the skills they need to write well (and creatively), to think critically, to be able to learn new things on their own, to be polite, kind people. I want them to value education and to see what it will do for them. I keep the end goals in mind… And that’s *your* first step.  Decide what skills you want the kids to have at the end of the year and at the end of this homeschool journey.  Then slowly work towards those!

Keep in mind that you will not and do not have to cover “everything.”  If you purchase a homeschool curriculum, you do not have to cover every page. If you look at a checklist of curriculum topics… you do not have to cover everything. Use those as a resource, not as to-do list (or a ball-and-chain)!!

All that was kind of a disclaimer.  I want to offer you a starting point (if it helps), but want you to know the YOU can and will create an amazing homeschool experience!!  You CAN do this!! You know your kids better than anyone else!!

So, let’s jump into the meat of things – building a curriculum for Kindergarten and  Grade 1:

creating-a-homeschool-curriculum-kindergarten-grade1This is a FREE pdf download.  It is almost 50 pages long!  I hope that this is helpful as you follow your own homeschool path!

  • Page 5               Printable Overview of Curriculum, K – Gr. 1
  • Page 6               Links to Language Arts Related Posts K-1
  • Pages 7-9          Links to Math Posts K-1
  • Pages 10-12       Links to Science Posts K-1
  • Pages 13            Links to Social Studies Posts K-1
  • Page 14-15        Links to Language Arts Posts with Photos and Explanations
  • Pages 16-22      Links to Math Posts with Photos and Explanations
  • Pages 23-43      Links to Science Posts with Photos and Explanations
  • Pages 44-48      Links to Social Studies and Geography Posts with Photos and Explanations

If you do use our free resource, please help me spread the word by sharing this post with others. Share it on Facebook, pin the images on Pinterest, etc.  I am very grateful for your help! ~Liesl

Creating a Homeschool Curriculum: Kindergarten – Grade 1 (Free Resource Guide)

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You might also be interested in the next free Resource Guide in this series: Creating a Homeschool Curriculum: Grades 2-3

creating-a-homeschool-curriculum-grades-2-3-free-resource-guideThis is just a sampling of what is in the pdf for Language Arts and Math!!

Language Arts

Learning to Read

Read Alouds

Math

Math Topics You Might Want to Cover – K-Gr 1:

Montessori Math,

Daily Calendar Work,

Math Games.

Numbers and 1-to-1 correspondence – We did a lot of grid games… first rolling one die and covering the board. Then when they were ready, using two dice and adding them together to cover that number of spaces.  We used different grid games to go with different seasons.  Here’s an example of an apple grid board (above) that is free on the blog:

Fill in the Missing Numbers

Fill in the Missing Numbers St. Patrick’s Day

Number words

Addition and Dice Games – We used the Ultimate Board Game (free printable) for lots of math fact practice!

Place Value Activities

Sunny-side-up Game

Number Families

Addition Facts

Subtraction/Subtraction Facts

Skip Counting (by 2s, 5s, 10s)

  • Active Skip Counting Chalk Game ED had fun skip counting by running around this huge chalk circle.  DD reviewed her multiplication facts and LD worked on order of operations!

Clocks

Coin Counting File Folder Game (Free)

Montessori Addition Pages (Introducing Double Digit Addition without carrying, with carrying)

Winter-Themed Math

Math Resources we used a lot. I highly recommend both of these books.   (These are affiliate links.)

Games for Math: Playful Ways to Help Your Child Learn Math, From Kindergarten to Third Grade by Peggy Kaye

Math Card Games by the Right Start Curriculum

Math Curriculum (That you can purchase.) – There are LOTS of different math curriculum options available. We used games and the Spectrum math workbook series for most of elementary.  Other homeschoolers speak highly of these options:

  • Singapore Math
  • Math Mammoth
  • Saxon Math
  • Abeka Math
  • Right Start Math – At this age, we used many of the ideas in this Montessori-based math curriculum though we used as an extra resource, not as a solo curriculum.

For links to Science and Social Studies topics for K-Gr 1 open the free pdf above!!

That’s about it for today! See you again soon here or at our Homeschool Den Facebook Page! Don’t forget to Subscribe to our Homeschool Den Newsletter!

Happy Homeschooling! ~Liesl

Disclosure:  Please note that some of the links above and in the pdf Homeschool Curriculum Resource are affiliate links, and at no additional cost to you, I will earn a commission if you decide to make a purchase.

You might also be interested in this related post:

Homeschool Science Checklist (K-8): Topics and Units we hope to cover in Elementary and Middle School

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