Homeschooling First-Grade

Around here, we embrace a year-round family-style approach to homeschooling – a 365-day-a-year round-the-clock approach to living and learning together.

I love how educational opportunities can so naturally be woven into our day-to-day life, and I’m excited to give you a glimpse into what that looks like in our house during the first-grade year.


For the preschool and kindergarten years for my oldest two kiddos, we used The Jesus Storybook Bible for our Bible time.

Language Arts: Phonics/Reading/Grammar

A Beka’s phonics program was used to teach me to read, and as a classroom teacher, this was hands-down my favorite phonics/reading program to use with students.


We use A Beka’s manuscript curriculum. A Beka’s daily workbook pages, I like to find creative ways to encourage handwriting practice – ideas that don’t include pencil and paper.

Creative Writing

This is an area where I like to add in some additional activities – fun writing prompts, out-loud storytelling games, various holiday activities, etc.


In the summer months, Kumon books have been great for extra reinforcement with A Beka’s math curriculum being our go-to throughout the year.

I like to bring to life whatever is on the page – using as many hands-on manipulatives and activities as possible.