What You Need to Know Before Beginning:
My first grade curriculum is secular, non-common core, and will keep your child at least one grade level above public school systems. Trust your child. He or she can do this. When I began my daughter in kindergarten last year for home school, I used first grade math (addition and subtraction) and she had been writing since she was three. Even if your child hasn't done these things and is at least six years old, I'm betting that he or she can stick to this program. Some days may be more difficult than others, and sometimes you just have to take a break. That's okay. Take a break, maybe a day or two and return to the program.
The Quarter System
Our home school program operates on a quarter program. Each quarter includes 12 weeks of school instruction Some quarters extend the 12 weeks to include winter breaks and other holidays that I’ve built into the system. You can choose to follow the quarter system, or just go day-by-day; however, I find the quarter system to be very productive in the later homeschooling years, and highly recommend adopting this practice.
Quarter 1: Labor Day through the week before the week of Thanksgiving.
Quarter 2: First Monday after Thanksgiving thru the second week of March.
Winter Break: Week prior to Christmas through first week of January.
Quarter 3: Third week of March through first week of June.
Quarter 4: Summer Break (I recommend fun unit studies as well as a little bit of math and reading each day to keep your kids sharp).
School runs from 9:30A-1:30PM Monday through Friday. After each lesson, allow the child to play for 15 minutes.
• Math (Daily)
• Reading (Daily)
• Writing (Daily)
• Spelling (Daily)
• Science (3-4 Days per week)
• History (2-4 Days per week)
• Art (Daily)
• Music (Daily)