Homeschooling {1st Grade}

September 6, 2016

I’ve gone back and forth on what grade to “officially” have Bella in this year. As homeschoolers, we don’t necessarily need to classify a grade, however with sports and different things we do, it’s beneficial for us to have a guideline.

Bella will be 7 in November. So already she’d be one of the oldest in her class in public school. She’s also quite tall (if you follow us on IG you may have noticed how tall she’s gotten ::sobs quietly::) and so even with kids her age she seems older. But emotionally she’s at 6, and in many areas her learning is right on track for first grade as well.

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Besides science. Thanks to Daddy answering her millions of questions while they’re outside and her spending hours in the dirt and plants, she is probably college level at this point. She schools me on stuff.

This year, with a move coming up and Sam being at home, we decided to use a more scheduled curriculum. That might sound backwards – like wouldn’t we want something loosely structured because of this? But the structure allows me to feel comfortable with things being a little crazy. So we picked Sonlight, something highly recommended by the parents who have used it before (or are now). I skipped the science part of it, chose Life of Fred for math and Handwriting Without Tears.

Shameless plug here: if you use my referral code DS20371341 you get $5 off any order of $50 or more on Sonlight. 

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We were *going* to start this week, but things came up and so (one of the nicest parts of homeschooling) we’ll start next week instead. Sam is doing some history with her, and we’ll keep him doing science as well.

Hopefully I’ll have a cute pic that day, but who knows. The first day has never gone as planned so far – it’s that best laid plans quote that comes to mind here. 🙂

If you’re homeschooling this year, what did you decide on?

Also – if you’d like to be a part of the group I started on FB – Homeschool Parent Socialization – click over and request! It’s for us secluded parents who aren’t able to socialize with others our age during the day due to homeschooling.

lololol 😉

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  • thatmamagretchen

    September 7, 2016 at 2:21 am

    Excited to join your group!

    We’re doing Teaching Textbooks for Math, Handwriting Without Tears, The Story Of Our World, and a mix of other workbooks and unit studies 🙂

  • Christine

    September 6, 2016 at 7:53 pm

    We use My Father’s World and love it! Almost finished with first. It was a busy year fcousin on reading and math!

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