First Grade Curriculum

Tiana started First Grade this September and I have customized her curriculum based on what she is inclined to and how she learns. She is still an emerging reader and she also needs grounding in her math skills. Plus, she has a short attention span when I read aloud to her. But she does great with workbooks, writing work and drawing. And she enjoys art a lot. 

If your child is similar, maybe this list will give you ideas for your first-grader: 

Bible Theology: The Ology by Marty Machowski (3x a week. Read aloud to Tiana and let her write a sentence or two in her Bible notebook to summarize what she learned) This is an easy and laid back way for me to introduce Bible concepts to her. It takes me about 15 minutes to read through each section or chapter (asking questions along the way to check if Tiana is listening), and then I ask her to write in her notebook and draw a picture to remember the topic and come up with her own application. 

Bible Reading: Tiana can do this independently or read aloud to me. (6x a week)

Math: Primary Mathematics by Rex Publishing available through Learning Plus. Cover 3 to 4 pages a day and supplement with (3 -to 4x a week.)

Science: (2x a week) Go through Discovering God’s World Science by Abeka Publishing and do Interactive Science Notebook

Tuesday night devotions: God’s Names by Sally Michael (Edric will read to all the kids on and discuss.) 

Language Arts (4x a week): a mix of Learning Language Arts Through Literature (the Blue Book), Sing, Spell, Read and Write (SSRW), and First Language Lessons for the Well-Trained Mind. 

Filipino (2x a week): Rosetta Stone program for all my kids. This is pricey but it can be used  for my five kids. 

Social Studies (2x a week): Listen to Audio CD Mystery of History Volume 2 with Titus. 

Art: Art Projects by Abeka Book Publishing and my own curriculum. 

Music: Piano lessons with Learning Plus

PE: Ballet with Learning Plus

Tiana takes about 2.5 to 3 hours to finish her homeschooling work. She is usually done by lunch. In the afternoon she has lots of play time and she practices her piano. 


  1. Thanks for sharing, Joy! 🙂 This is really helpful to me because my son is incoming Grade 1 so I’m scouting for books already hehe. Question, when would you advise taking up the Science Apologia books? Is it recommended for higher levels and not for Grade 1 students?

  2. So helpful????. Thank you for sharing your curriculum. My son is almost in first grade. If you don’t mind sharing, where did you get The Ology?

  3. I love how you have covered all the bases with such an eclectic mix of resources! And that Edric takes an active part. Thank you for sharing this.

  4. My 4-year old is somewhat the opposite. She likes when I read aloud and she likes it even more when she reads by herself but very little enthusiasm when it comes to writing. That’s kind of a challenge ???? anything that could get her to enjoy and write more would be great!

  5. are the science books sold in the Philippines?

  6. I am a solo parent, and I would like to know if homeschooling would be beneficial to me and my daughter?
    I also work in an institution which requires me to travel from one place to another though. I sincerely hope for your response. ….

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