Her First Week of 1st Grade Homeschool

1st graders are old.  I used to teach Kindergarten and I would always glance across the hall and think the 1st grades seemed so old to me.  I cannot believe we are here with our baby.  Our first week of 1st grade with our daughter is complete. She is such a big girl now, and I am loving this stage of her life while also missing the younger stages too. 

First Week of 1st Grade Homeschool

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As a reminder, here is our post sharing our 1st Grade Curriculum Choices.  You can see direct links and more info on what I chose for her and why there.

1st Grade Homeschool Curriculum Choices


I got asked for a photo of her lesson plan from the first week, so I took one at the end of the week. If you click on it, you can see it larger. We ended up having friends over at the last minute on Friday, so we moved that day to the following week.  Love the flexibility of homeschooling! I use Lessontrek to plan our week.  I then add info to the printed plan as we go through the week.  The plan then gets filed in her lesson plan notebook.

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Below is a photo of her daily plan.  I will be sharing more about this in a separate post soon.  This gives her a visual “to-do” list for the day so she can see what is left to be finished. It worked really well for her.

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She was MOST excited to begin Life of Fred math with her Daddy.  She overheard the books last year when he did them with Krash.  She couldn’t wait for it to be her turn.

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We are also using Spielgaben for math. I am not following any plan, just choosing lessons and worksheets from the abundant Spielgaben manuals.  I decided to begin working with 3D shapes, which she loved! 

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We are doing 3 days of All About Reading and 2 days of All About Spelling.  We might not complete a full lesson in one day, and that’s fine.  We are moving at her pace.  Sometimes fast, sometimes slow.  She enjoys both of these programs.

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We did lots of review with sounds, the free app was a great tool as we did this!

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Write Shop Primary A has been fun, since it is mostly Guided Writing at this stage!  She liked illustrating our stories!

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She has a big girl grammar workbook which she’s not too thrilled about, but can totally handle.  This is Growing with Grammar Level 1.

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We are using Logic of English Cursive this year since it worked so well for Krash.  She loved the salt tray coming back and remembered it from her preschool days! She isn’t a huge fan of handwriting, so we are taking it slowly and trying to make it fun.

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She put together her Owl Lapbook and reviewed what she learned by sharing it with her Daddy.  I will share a full post about this soon!

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She loved We Choose Virtues! I chose to start with the word KIND, because sadly this is something she struggles with.  We are using the coloring pages, the songs {on my iPad} and the parenting cards.

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She loves her science book!  We completed the K level over the summer and started the 1st grade level!  The first unit was all about sound which she really enjoyed.  She loved her experiment with hard and soft sounds!

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That was all I had pictures of, we did everything marked off on the lesson plan shown at the beginning of the post. Her first week was before our official first week of school so I could get her acclimated to her new routine. Our first official week as an entire group was the following week, you can see real-time action in our homeschool here on our Instagram! We have a new hashtag #1stGradeWithLadybug, so you can see all of her posts easily!

I am very pleased with my choices for her, and with her attitude about learning!  It is such a joy to teach her, even better so far than I expected.  The boys weren’t {aren’t} always enthusiastic learners and she usually is. I am really looking forward to a fun 1st grade year with her, soaking in every moment!