Thursday, June 13, 2013

2012-2013 Curriculum Recap

Now that we're done with First Grade, I thought I would go back and look at what we stuck with, and what we changed for curriculum.

Phonics/Language Arts:

All About Reading 1 - We finished this before the end of the school year, and went back to The Reading Lesson, which we had started in Kindergarten
Explode the Code book 2 - Finished, and started Book 3Cody isn't a huge fan of ETC, but I love it, so it's pretty much the only thing that I insist that he work on, even though he sometimes complains.
First Language Lessons for the Well-Trained Mind - Eh, no.  Neither of us wanted to continue with this.
Added in Daily 6 Trait Grade 1Wasn't my favorite choice, but we finished it. 

Lots of reading!


Singapore 1A/1B Standards - Scrapped this after a few months, and went with Horizons Grade 1.
Daily Word Problems, Grade 1 Math  - Did the first 13 weeks before dropping it.  Horizons covers word problems very well so it was redundant. 


Handwriting Without Tears, Grade 1, My Printing Book - We're still working on finishing this.  Handwriting is not Cody's favorite, his hand tires pretty quickly.  He got plenty of practice through Explode the Code so I didn't push this.


We will be studying early American History starting with the explorers, and going as far as we can.  My plan is to get to early westward exploration.  This will be done with living books, very relaxed and fun.  Hoping to fit in many field trips!  May also do some ancient history using Story of the World I, as suggested in Home Learning Year by Year. - We never touched Story of the World.  We covered basic early American History through Living Books. 


Daily Geography Practice, Grade 1  - Love, love, love this!  We did make a change of doing Geography once a week, instead of daily. 


Five in a Row, Before Five in a Row - This covers many subjects such as science, art, language arts, math, geography and history.  - We did a few units here and there.

Various printables and worksheets to add variety. - Printables are a bit hit here.

Field trips, field trips, field trips!  I hope to make good use of all the great field trip opportunities in our area this year. - Um, no.  That will change for 2nd grade.

You'll notice science is missing.  We did very little, will slowly add it in for 2nd grade.  

Added in - Cody took Gymnastics in the fall, and Drama in the spring.  

This was our first year having to take the required end of year test, and Cody did VERY well.  98 percentile in math!  94 percentile in language!  I was quite pleased :)


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