How I Wrote Our First Grade Curriculum

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How I wrote our first grade curriculum …….
I guess the bigger question, is why I decided to write my own curriculum?
We tried and researched several different box curriculums and none of them seemed to work for our budget or learning style.

My son is more of  a Kinesthetic/Visual learner.  As a homeschooled child, I can choose or create a curriculum to fit his learning style.

First step to building a curriculum is to find out what your state requires you to teach your child .  I went online to the Texas Homeschool Coalition Association and found out this information for my state.

 Second step was to find a detailed list of what is being taught in each subject.  I went too TEKS and Math Buddy TEKS to find this information.

Third step is to ask yourself some big learning questions that will help you find your curriculum.

  • How do you want to teach your child to read?

I decided to teach using a more phonics based approach and teach those tricky words that do not follow the rules as sight words. 

  • Do you want to center your lessons around the Bible?

I decided to not teach science and history using a bible based program.  I decided to teach the Bible as a separate subject. 

  • Do you want to use Common Core standards for math etc.

I decided that I want to teach math using the Singapore Math approach.   

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Final Step is to pick the resources that you want to use for each subject.  There are so many free resources available online and at your local library.  You can find a lot of great workbooks, posters and other resources at Dollar Tree and the dollar sections at Target.

In the next section of this post, I will share a list called My School that lists each subject that I am teaching.   You will be able to click on each subject to link to the post for this subject.

I am working on these posts subject by subject and will update this post with links as they are created.   Subscribe to my blog to receive notifications of  teaching resources that I find or create throughout the year.

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Homeschool Requirements:

To home school legally in Texas, you must follow these three state law requirements:

  • The instruction must be bona fide (i.e., not a sham).
  • The curriculum must be in visual form (e.g., books, workbooks, video monitor).
  • The curriculum must include the five basic subjects of reading, spelling, grammar, mathematics, and good citizenship.

My School:

  • Reading/Phonics
  • Grammar
  • Writing
  • Spelling
  • Vocabulary
  • Mathematics (Singapore Math)
  • Science
  • Good Citizenship
  • Geography
  • Art
  • Music
  • Computer and Coding
  • Health and Physical Education

Thank you for spending time with me….
Have a blessed day!


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