Probably the hardest thing I have found so far, even harder then making the decision to homeschool, is choosing the curriculum I will use. As I said in my Starting Out post, my budget is very limited. So although there are many wonderful inclusive curriculums, I wasn’t able to make use of them, based on budget.
In my research, I did find a wonderful 1st grade curriculum over at Timberdoodle and the price was less then many I had found, however I already have several of the items in the kit (I sell Usborne books). So, I started searching for several of the items on the list, in used and discount markets. By doing this I was also able to choose curriculum items that are closer to our beliefs, one trouble I had while searching for a curriculum was finding one that does not include religion as a base for the curriculum. We are Christian, but I do not wish to include religion in their schooling because I believe that the curriculums that cater to this often leave out vital portions of science, such as evolution.
On the Timberdoodle list, I ended up purchasing the following items, I will let you know later on what I think of these items.
Plus Plus manipulatives
Learning Wrap-Ups (subtraction and addition)
I have read several posts about struggling readers, and decided based on reviews to purchase Hooked on Phonics.
Between the Timberdoodle Curriculum, Usborne items I have and other reviewed items, I ended up with a First Grade Curriculum that looks like this:
A couple of I CAN READ sets, to vary reading choices.
Plus Plus manipulatives
Bill Nye the Science Guy on Netflix
IMAX documentaries on Netflix
I plan to purchase Kids Book of Canadian Geography
Language (second semester)
Usborne First Thousand Words in French (Internet Linked for pronunciation)
Learning Palette Set, to use in several different subjects.
Teachers Pay Teachers for many free and low cost printables
Fact Monster for world history & more facts
Only Passionate Curiosity has a great list of free homeschool links, her blog is fantastic, definitely check it out!
I still have a few items on my wish list, but for now, I think this list will keep us busy! I highly suggest becoming a consultant for Usborne Books if you homeschool, you can get many of these things for free, or great discounts! If not a consultant, at least host a show, I say this in complete honesty, not as a sales pitch!
The last thing to include in curriculum is that I plan to register with an umbrella school, they help cover things like legal matters and extra curricular activities and required state testing.
Here is our curriculum at a glance:
If you have used any of these items, or have suggestions for new items, please comment below.
Next thing to do is figure out what to do with all this stuff! Check out my post on Digital Lesson Planning(that will fit your needs)
Check out my new post on Curriculum Continued…