As you go through homeschool curriculum during the year, you find out how effective it is and if it is working for you.
Sometimes it takes several months to figure out where the gaps are and it can take a while to find out if a program is working for your ADHD kids. This is how our 1st grade homeschool curriculum went for our ADHD daughter (who we STILL did not know had ADHD at the time)
1st Grade Homeschool Curriculum Assessment for Our ADHD Girl
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1st Grade Homeschool Curriculum Core
We managed to do about 10 of these lessons. It just wasn’t very fun and I didn’t feel like it was that helpful. Instead, Monkey had most of her spelling practice from simply writing things down in stories or letters, and surprisingly enough, from the game Scribblenauts.
I love this math program. It is very straightforward, and the lessons aren’t overwhelming. It does require some supplementation with fact memorizing, skip counting, and money. Basically, anything that you have to memorize, it doesn’t have support for. It is strictly math practice only (however, I only purchased the student books. The teacher book may provide the things that the student book is missing). But I still really like it. Monkey doesn’t get overwhelmed, the lessons have enough practice for the concepts, and it covers everything you need to know. We’re about halfway through book B (we got a little behind when Bo was born), and we’ve both been happy so far.
I like this book, but we let it fall by the wayside this year. It was a little challenging for Monkey, since it is a third-grade level. She could have handled it, had we dedicated enough time to it, but we ended up letting it go about 1-2 months into the school year. We’ll try again next year.
I did not like this book. The reading lessons are short and a little boring. There really aren’t any activities after the reading selections that help expand reading comprehension, phonics, sight words, or anything. I’m actually not sure what the point of this book was. I switched Monkey to simply reading level-appropriate books, and we also supplemented with the Rice Christian Reader and Speller (yes, the one you can’t get anymore).
We have done 2 units of this science, which I think is about 1/4 or 1/3 of the total lessons? Science was one of the subjects that had to go when we were lacking on time. Monkey still begged for the lessons every day, though, so I know she liked them! I liked that you could adjust the difficulty level based on the child’s age. Since 1st grade, however, we have moved away from religion-based science in favor of science curriculum with a non-religious focus.
1st Grade Homeschool Curriculum Supplements
I’ve been helping Monkey learn to cook in the kitchen. It’s a great way to transition school concepts into the real world. Since Monkey has worked on fractions this year and reading comprehension, reading a recipe is the perfect way to use both of those skills at once. Plus, you get yummy treats!
As previously stated, I was not happy with Monkey’s reading curriculum for the year. So we had her read a bunch of little reader books (she loves the Mittens series the most). In the past couple of months, she has advanced tremendously in her reading, and has enjoyed The Enormous Crocodile and she even read some of Gregor the Overlander. She wasn’t able to fully read Gregor yet, but the fact that she attempted it makes my heart happy. 🙂 A few days ago, I also bought Reading for the Gifted Student Grade 2 (it will be a challenge for her, but the passages are short, so I think she can handle it) and Daily Warm-Ups: Reading Grade 2. I think these will be great to end the year with and continue for next year.
Monkey really didn’t have a designated writing program for the year. I didn’t think it was super important for this year, but I know it will be for next year. This year, I had her write a few sentences for reading comprehension (like, “What did the cow eat in the story?” Written answer: “The cow ate the berries.”). I also had her write a few journal entries, and we wrote a few letters back and forth. We also have written a joint story, and she writes notes for friends and family members. Writing is currently one of her weakest subjects, so we’ll be sure to work on it hard next year.
The best advice I can give for picking a 1st grade homeschool curriculum is to use this guide to pick the best homeschool curriculum, and then cross your fingers. You’ll get there!