First Grade Curriculum
This year we will use Tapestry of Grace Year 2 to survey and contextualize Bible history. We will begin studying scripture, along with the bible stories that we have been reading. We will be using What the Bible is All About: Reproducible Maps, Charts, Timelines, and Illustrations.
We will study scripture based upon the following:
SOAP Method: Scripture, Observation, Application, and Prayer AND Studying People (direct statement, character of the people), Purpose (direct statement, key words and repeated phrases, count the number of times a word or phrase is repeated), Problems (direct statement, telephone effect-one-sided conversation), Principles, and Promises AND We will be asking the questions: Who, Where, When, What, Why?
We will learn the testaments and books of the Bible. We will utilize digital methods of biblical research using Logos and BibleGateway.com.
You can find these resources in our store:
-Bible (NIV version)
-The Children’s Illustrated Bible by Selina Hastings
-A First Bible Story Book by Mary Hoffman
-The Beginner’s Bible: Timeless Children’s Stories by ZonderKidz
-A Prayer A Day
-How to Study the Bible
-What the Bible is All About: Reproducible Maps, Charts, Timelines, and Illustrations
-What the Bible is All About for Young Explorers by Frances Blankenbaker
-Leading Little Ones to God
-God’s Names by Sally Michael
-God Loves His Precious Children: Safe in the Arms of the Good Shepard by Jim and Elizabeth George
-God Morning, God by Davis Carman
We started Concord Cunningham: The Scripture Sleuth 1 by Mat Halverson. We are having so much fun solving mysteries while learning to navigate The Bible!
Hymns for a Kid’s Heart; Volume 1 by Bobbie Wolgemuth and Joni Eareckson Tada
History and Historical Geography
We will continue studying Ancient History: Ancient Egypt, Ancient India, Ancient China, Ancient America, Ancient Greece, Ancient Rome.
We will continue using All About Learning Press curriculum for spelling and reading. This is my favorite curriculum for reading and spelling. We have had much success with this program! Yay!
All About Reading Level 1
All About Spelling Level 1
We use 1/2″ raised ruled writing paper for all lessons. This is great for tactile learners!
Mead See and Feel Learn to Write Raised Ruling
We use Handwriting Without Tears Wet-Dry-Try app for letter formation instruction and we practice actual grip and handling with a slate and chalk. We practice application of these skills in our spelling and writing lessons.
Handwriting Without Tears Slate Chalkboard
Wordly Wise 3000 Book 1 Word List (We don’t use the books; the list is available free online. Use the list and look up words in the dictionary.)
We will continue using God’s Design for Science; moving on to God’s Design for Heaven & Earth: Our Planet Earth, God’s Design for Heaven & Earth: Our Weather & Water, and God’s Design for Heaven & Earth: Our Universe. We will begin using Handbook of Nature Study by Anna Botsford Comstock as a supplement. We will begin using Considering God’s Creation, as a supplement.
I need to find a good Christian-based biography series. Something like this: http://www.ywampublishing.com, but more extensive, including science. We will study this information again in 6th grade.
We will continue Lego Mindstorms.
I will be researching TOPS Learning Systems science lessons (http://www.topscience.org).
We will continue working on nature and outdoors skills
Audubon Field Guides
Nature Journal and Field Guide
We will be using the online language program, Mango Languages, to learn Spanish: Latin American dialect and Chinese: Mandarin dialect. This program is available for free online through our local library.
I will be researching the following Latin resources: Minimus Pupil’s Book: Starting Out In Latin w/ teacher guide, Minimus Secundus Pupil’s Book: Moving On In Latin w/ teacher guide, Getting Started with Latin: Beginning Latin for Homeschoolers and Self-Taught Students of Any Age
Visual Art Skills
We will discuss God as the ultimate creator. We will be implementing visual art skills as it pertains to our history studies. We will be using Artistic Pursuits Book 1 and Book 2 for our hands on art lessons. Basic drawing skills will be covered in the Draw-Write-Now: A Drawing and Handwriting Course for Kids program that we are using in handwriting.
I will use the following websites for drawing lessons:
We will continue Fly-Tying Class at Sportsman’s Finest.
Visual Art History and Appreciation – ITEMS TO PURCHASE
We will be studying visual art as it pertains to our history studies in Tapestry of Grace Year 2 and Story of the World Volume 2. We will be reading the Getting to Know the World’s Greatest Artists by Mike Venezia series (43 in series). I am interested in Anholt’s Artists as an introduction to the famous masters and using the corresponding activity book (8 in series), but undecided as the series is small.
Sandro Botticelli, Pieter Bruegel, Alexander Calder, Mary Cassatt, Paul Cézanne, Marc Chagall, Leonardo Da Vinci, Salvador Dali, Edgar Degas, Eugene Delacroix, El Greco, Paul Gauguin, Giotto di Bondone, Francisco Goya, Winslow Homer, Edward Hopper, Frida Kahlo, Paul Klee, Dorthea Lange, Jacob Lawrence, Roy Lichtenstein, Roy Magritte, Henri Matisse, Michaelangelo, Monet, Grandma Moses, Georgia O’Keeffe, Pablo Picasso, Horace Pippin, Camille Pissarro, Jackson Pollock, Raphael Sanzio, Rembrandt, Fredric Remington, Pierre Auguste Renoir, Faith Ringgold, Diego Rivera, Norman Rockwell, Henri Rousseau, Georges Suerat, Titian, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Van Gogh, Velázquez, Johannes Vermeer, Andy Warhol, James McNeill Whistler, and Grant Wood.
Art and craft supplies
We will be implementing music skills as it pertains to our history studies in Tapestry of Grace Year 2 and Story of the World Volume 2. We will continue listening to and learning various songs. We will be using free lessons online for the following: Beginning Harmonica, Beginning Recorder, Beginning Piano, and Beginning Guitar.
Music History and Appreciation
We will be studying music as it pertains to our history studies in Tapestry of Grace Year 2 and Story of the World Volume 2. We will be reading the Getting to Know the World’s Greatest Composers by Mike Venezia series (14 in series). I need to purchase the books throughout the year, as needed. We will be listening to musical compositions from the composers using iTunes.
Individual: Lakeway Taekwondo
Large Group: LTYA Soccer
Small Group: LTYA Tennis
Possibly: Positive Baseball, Flipnastics Gymnastics, Nitro Swimming
We will continue learning simple yoga poses in The ABCs of Yoga for Kids by Teresa Anne Power. We will continue hunting and fishing with Daddy; possibly taking a hunter education class and a short introduction to archery class. We will watch videos of fencing to measure interest level.
Art: We will continue using the fun and creative Usborne activity books. I need to purchase The Usborne Complete Book of Drawing. We will be using the following iPad art apps for digital media: Art Set, Wasabi Paint, and Paper
Music: We will continue to explore and ‘play’ with our musical instrument collection.
Dangerous Book for Boys by Hal Iggulden
Dangerous Book for Girls by