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For those of us homeschooling a 1st grader (6 or 7 year old), how's your year going? What are you working on? What's going well in your homeschool? What's not going so well?

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We are only 3ish weeks in. Just now starting a solid curriculum and schedule. 

Until now we were deprogramming from an abrupt unenrollment from the year long public school.

We have been incorporating history and literature as a group to include my kindergartener. Also expand on the weekly 'point in time' with arts and crafts and library resources.

Just beginning Singapore Math and so far happy(my 5 yr old joins in quite well)

A bunch of writing grammar and phonics books. 

Science is going to be led by interests and themes with fun experiments.

I expect it to change over time to fit their individual needs.  Example: My 5 yr old looooves learning non stop but gets frustrated when she doesnt immediately get a concept. I expect lots of extra effort in creating a more indiviualized approach for her.

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I am homeschooling my 6 yo using Oak Meadow First Grade Curriculum. We just started supplementing with Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons since she is really passed doing her letters and the 1rst Trimester Language ARts of Oak Meadow wasn't quite challenging enough although we have really enjoyed the Fairy Tales. Science and Math are right where she is at though and I love how nature-based it is. The music and art are wonderful. I have been so sad to see the arts take a dive in the public schools so I am so glad I can give it to her at home.

 

My biggest challenge now is entertaining my 3 yo while I work with my 6 yo. We just had a new baby so she has been acting out a lot and wants my attention so badly. I need to figure out something for her during schoolwork time. I also need to get my day started earlier. Between school, housework, and outside activities there is never enough time!

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I'm homeschooling my first grader (6 year old). It's going pretty well considering I have four month old twins and I never sleep ;)

 

I anticipated a tough year so I got a lot of self directed curriculum. She reads very well so that helps a lot. So far, I'm very happy several programs and not so happy with others. 

 

We are using Teaching Textbooks for Math. It says it's third grade level but it's REALLY not. She's six weeks into it and still doing single digit addition. It does seem to pick up the pace as the year goes on. It's all computer based (cd's not internet). She really enjoys it and it grades all her work for me so I like it too.

We have Elemental History - Adventures in America. I love this program. It's gentle and interesting and has great supplemental reading book recommendations. 

DD's favorite is a workbook called Lollipop Logic. I think it's more for Kindy but she likes it and thinks it's fun.

She reads early chapter books on her own for fun and she writes one book report a week on whatever she chooses. Nothing serious, just a little book I got in the dollar bin at Target. She fills out the title, author, favorite character and part of the book. 

I'm disappointed in our language arts program. I bought Growing with Grammar, Soaring with Spelling & Vocabulary and Winning with Writing. It's not awful but it's not engaging or interesting either. I find the writing and grammar to be okay but it somehow manages to be too easy and too hard at the same time. I stopped using the spelling. The vocabulary definitions are ridiculous. 

I bought cheap $10 workbooks for science and social studies. I'm pretty unhappy with those and might stop using them. I don't think we need them either. She goes to a nature class and DH does astronomy with her for science. And social studies ... we learn that just living life anyway. She already knew about different families and neighborhoods and occupations and such. We don't need a book for that. 

We also do religion, some copywork and she has several activities outside the home. 

 

Sometimes I feel like we are overdoing and other times I think I just feel that way because things are hard with the babies. I don't know. It's nice to see this thread and what others are doing :)

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It's my first year homeschooling my first grader.  She was in public school last year.  It is going well.  It was a little bit of a challenge figuring out how to keep her younger siblings from disrupting her instruction time, but I think we have gotten that figured out for now.  

 

We are dong Moving Beyond the Page (5-7).  It was a rough start with it and she complained it was too hard especially anything that required handwriting.  But now she loves it and only sometimes complains.  

 

She has completed the reading instruction in Reading Eggs and is now practicing spelling in the skills bank on Reading Eggs. She says it's boring, but I still require it because her spelling is far below her reading level.  

 

Once a week she goes to an all day nature school and she adores it.  

 

For math we using Math on the Level. It is a lot of work for me and sometimes I question if I can keep up with it.  But she loves math and she is progressing very well in math so I keep with it.  And I enjoy teaching her math but the preparation is a lot because the program is more like a philosophy than a scripted program.  

 

What I love most about homeschooling is that she wants to learn and practice writing, reading and math all on her own in her spare time.  She never had that motivation when she was in public school.  I suppose because she was exhausted when she came home from a full day of school. 

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DS is in 1st grade and this is our second year homeschooling. He started out the first 2 weeks in kindergarten at the public school but it was glaringly obvious that it was not a good fit with his personality, learning style, our educational philosophy, and our family rhythm. He's highly active, creative, and curious. And strong-willed. We are doing Oak Meadows for the first time this year and loving it. I am supplementing with Story of the World (he and I both really enjoy learning about history so it works for us), Singapore math (but I combine it with Oak Meadows math...gnome stories, treasures, and such), and a few other things at the suggestion of our mentor teacher (we homeschool through a public charter school). But it was too much and I'm scaling back to mostly just Oak Meadows and history (because he enjoys it so much).

 

I'm finding this year (like last year) that just when we find a rhythm, something changes and it takes a while to re-establish a new rhythm. I'm guessing it's like that for most people? He's pretty resistant to writing and reading (although he's made huge strides just in the past couple months) so I try not to push it too much.

 

I'm wanting to bring in more nature observing/study but am a little stuck on how people actually do it. What exactly do you bring out into the "field" to draw and take notes with that is practical on a hiking trail or what not, lol?! We usually end up just going for a walk with the intent to journal or something when we get home but never seem to get around to it.

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DS is in 1st grade and this is our second year homeschooling. He started out the first 2 weeks in kindergarten at the public school but it was glaringly obvious that it was not a good fit with his personality, learning style, our educational philosophy, and our family rhythm. He's highly active, creative, and curious. And strong-willed. We are doing Oak Meadows for the first time this year and loving it. I am supplementing with Story of the World (he and I both really enjoy learning about history so it works for us), Singapore math (but I combine it with Oak Meadows math...gnome stories, treasures, and such), and a few other things at the suggestion of our mentor teacher (we homeschool through a public charter school). But it was too much and I'm scaling back to mostly just Oak Meadows and history (because he enjoys it so much).

 

I'm finding this year (like last year) that just when we find a rhythm, something changes and it takes a while to re-establish a new rhythm. I'm guessing it's like that for most people? He's pretty resistant to writing and reading (although he's made huge strides just in the past couple months) so I try not to push it too much.

 

I'm wanting to bring in more nature observing/study but am a little stuck on how people actually do it. What exactly do you bring out into the "field" to draw and take notes with that is practical on a hiking trail or what not, lol?! We usually end up just going for a walk with the intent to journal or something when we get home but never seem to get around to it.

We do a weekly nature journal.  Right now, we pick something in our neighborhood or in our yard to draw and write about.  I try to pick based on what the kids' are interested in or something that is unusual.  Like one morning there was a lot of fog which is not that common in are area.  We took a walk in the fog and we talked about fog on the walk. And came home and drew fog.  My first grader dictated what she noticed about fog in three sentences.  I transcribed her writing and then she copied those sentences into her journal.  My kinder boy copies the word fog in his journal.  And my preK girls trace the letter F for fog in their journals.  Everyone draws a picture of what we have observed. Sometimes we might find information on the internet. Like one day there were hundreds of dragonflies outside.  We watched them and then I took out my iphone and the kids sat with me outside learning about dragonflies.  I found a picture on the internet to put up on the table to help them with their drawing once they come inside.  We rarely take our journals out with us but once in awhile we do but it's more work for me since I am sort of anal about them taking good care of their journals and I would like them to last for awhile and be a keepsake for them.  

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I find The Nature Connection a good resource to inspire our nature study.

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