Creating a Homeschool Curriculum: Kindergarten – Grade 1

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


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 12             Printable Overview of Curriculum, K – Gr. 1
  • Page 13             Links to Language Arts Related Posts K-1
  • Pages 14-18      Links to Math Posts K-1
  • Pages 19-23      Links to Science Posts K-1
  • Pages 24-25      Links to Social Studies Posts K-1
  • Page 26             Links to Language Arts Posts with Photos and Explanations
  • Pages 28           Links to Math Posts with Photos and Explanations
  • Pages 36           Links to Science Posts with Photos and Explanations
  • Pages 59           Links to Social Studies and Geography Posts with Photos and Explanations
  • Pages 64           What Science Topics Should I Teach my 5–7 year-old? A post I wrote on the website to help answer a reader question.

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

Click on the link or picture below to download this FREE PDF. It’s recently been updated and is now over 70 pages!

Creating a Homeschool Curriculum – Kindergarten Grade 1 – FREE Homeschool Planning Resource Guide


You might also enjoy this post: Homeschooling Kindergarten – Grade 1 which includes a lot of pictures/photos of activities we did when the kids were this age.

I wrote this post after I received a couple of emails from readers who will be homeschooling Kindergarten or Grade 1 for the first time.  It’s hard to know where to start, right?!  There are lots of possibilities and picking a starting point can be overwhelming! I hope this post will give you some ideas and inspiration for a wonderful homeschool year ahead!

This post has dozens of homeschool curriculum ideas from reading and writing to math, science, history and more! Hope your kids are engaged and have lots of fun along your homeschool journey!

Homeschooling Kindergarten – Grade 1

Homeschooling Kindergarten - Grade 1

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-guideAnd, we also have the Free Resource Guide for Grades 4-5

Creating Your Own Homeschool Curriculum Grade 4 - 5

This is just a sampling of what is in the pdf for Language Arts and Math!!

Language Arts

Learning to Read

Read Alouds


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 Math Board Games (free printable) for lots of math fact practice!

Place Value Activities

Sunny-side-up Game

Number Families: Addition Facts: Fact Family Games and Worksheets

30+ page packet including 16 game boards

Why learn the number families? Knowing their fact families helps a lot as kids start to work on their subtraction facts. They know that 6+7=13, so 13-7 becomes easy! These games help kids learn their math facts in a fun way! My kids always begged to play “just one more game!”

Fact Family Math Games Addition WorksheetsAddition Facts

Pet Packet – Addition and Subtraction Practice

Addition Subtraction Pet-Themed Worksheets

We have an Addition Bundle that covers basic addition and subtraction facts, number facts, place value and more in this growing bundle! It includes the number families and pet pack that you see above as well as more than 10pdfs (250+ pages and growing!)

K-2 Math BUNDLEMixed Math Practice for K-Grade 1

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!


Coin Counting File Folder Game (Free)

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

Winter-Themed Math

Winter Packet

Winter Packet for Early Elementary

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

ScienceHomeschoolChecklistP.S. We have several new units that might be of interest:

  • Big Animal BUNDLE – which includes the Animal Unit, World Animal Packet (including a mini-unit on African animals), the Rainforest Packet, Life Cycles Packet and Winter Packet & Hibernation Unit.Big Animal Bundle

Animal Packet


Animal Homes and Shelters - Where do animals live worksheetsFeathers Fur Scales or Skin Worksheets and Sorting Cards

Our World Animal Unit has been updated and expanded! Now it not only includes the Montessori 3-part cards, but also 1) matching & tracing pages, 2) fun-fact tracing pages, 3) do-a-dot pages, and 4) outline maps for each continent.   It is now well over 60+ pages!

World Animal Unit - Worksheets Activities Montessori CardsWorld Animal Activities

Rainforest Unit: This is all about the Amazon Rainforest – it’s animals, insects, layers of the rainforest and more!

Rainforest Unit - worksheets activities and more Rainforest Animals Montessori 3-Part CardsLife Cycles Unit:

Life Cycles Unit - Chicken Sea Turtle Frog Mosquito Butterfly Dragonfly and More

Water Cycle Unit

Natural Disasters Unit & Clouds, Winds Weather Packet

Natural-Disasters-Worksheets-Notebook-PagesClouds Winds Weather Worksheets - Packet

Human Body

We did units on the Human Body at this age too. We did a unit on the Five Senses. There are a lot of hands-on activities you can do in this unit!! You can find out more about our packet here: Five Senses Unit

Five Senses Unit - Worksheets Sorting Cards Interactive Notebook Activities and More

Another unit we did early on was the Skeletal System. We started first with fun, hands-on activities and the kids learned many of the names of the bones. Note: we came back to this again & again through the years! (Then in later years, we went on to talk about the Digestive System, Circulatory System and things like that.) My kids really loved doing the hands-on activities you see down below. 🙂

Skeletal System Packet Worksheets Skeleton Lapbook

See our Human body BUNDLE here.  We would usually review the Human Body Systems (as a whole) each year and then we would study one of the body systems in depth each spring. (skeletal, digestive, circulatory, muscular, nervous system etc.)

Human Body Systems BUNDLE

Other science units:

States of Matter Packet with fun hands-on activities!

States of Matter Unit - worksheets and activities

Simple Machines Unit

Simple Machines Unit

The girls loved lifting me!!Using Levers - Simple Machines Unit

Where I Live – 7 Continents

Where I Live Activity Packet & Seven Continents Packet: My galaxy, solar system, planet, continent, country, state, town, and home! — Plus Montessori world map activities for learning the 7 continentsWhere I Live and Montessori World Map Activities

Dinosaur Unit

 60+ Page Dinosaur Packet – One of my daughter ♥loves♥ dinosaurs, so we’ve added to this packet a lot over the years.  This packet has material for a range of ages (because I kept adding and adding to the packet!)

  • Montessori 3-Part Dinosaur Cards
  • Dinosaur Lapbook
  • Letter Recognition Activities
  • Number Activities and Games
  • Dinosaur Game Board
  • Fast Fact Information Cards
  • Dinosaur Writing Cards
  • Math Games
  • Bingo Cards and more!


Dinosaur Unit ActivitiesDInosaur Do-a-Dots Activities Dinosaur Notebook Pages - Tracing

You might also want to check out some of our other packets including

Homeschool Den Packets

See you again soon here or over at our Homeschool Den Facebook Page! You might also want to check out some of our resources pages above (such as our Science, Language Arts, or History Units Resource Pages) which have links to dozens of posts.  You might want to join our free Homeschool Den Chat Facebook group.  Don’t forget to check out Our Store as well. :) Homeschool Den Store

Again, if you are interested in joining our Homeschool Den Newsletter, feel free to subscribe here. The Welcome Series includes 5 packed emails… with tips on homeschooling, keeping motivated, finding various resources and freebies tucked away on the blog and more!

Plus, you’ll be the first to hear about new packets (generally offered at a discount when they are first released), seasonal resources and more!

SubscribeIt’s a great way to hear about our latest packets and to learn about many of the hundreds of printables & other materials we have tucked away on the blog!

Happy Homeschooling!! 


P.S. I have a new post called Homeschool Resources that will help you find many of the resources we have on the blog. In addition to the various packets we have in the Store area, we have TONS of FREE printables.  The Resource Page has a huge list of those. 🙂

Homeschool Resources

P.P.S. Here are the other free guides:

Creating Your Own Homeschool Curriculum: These are some resources I made that might be helpful as you create your own homeschool plans.  These are somewhere between 30 and 50 pages and are FREE to download :

Homeschool Science Curriculum Grade 2-3

Homeschool Curriculum Grade 6-8

High School Homeschool Resource Guide - Subjects, Topics of Study - Grades 9-12

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