Homeschooling is hard and not for the faint at heart. However, if you value your child and their education you will give it a try. Public schools are failing children daily. Also, you might want to think about homeschooling with the current state of the United States right now.

I home school two children ages 6 and 7. Last school year, 2019-2020, my children were in grades Kindergarten and First. This school year, 2020-2021, my children will be in grades 1st and 2nd.  I have been homeschooling two of my three children since November 2017. These five tips I hope will be beneficial to you home school as they were beneficial to me.

Play. Children in Pre-K to Second grade need to play as much as possible. If you did not know your children learns through playing. They learn what they like to do, and they can do it when they want to do it. Children get a more lease on life by exploring things they like to do rather being told what to do. It is our jobs as parents to nurture those talents that they express through using their imagination.  

Math. Children in first grade should be able to count 1-120. They should be learning to write numbers 1-100. First graders should be learning to add and subtract greater numbers pass 10. They should already know greater than and less than. They should be learning to identify advance time. They should be learning to compare bigger numbers past 10. (greater than and less than) Should be learning to skip count by 2’s, 5’, and 10’s. Learning about tens and ones. Learn money. (how much to pay for items) Learning to draw 3D shapes and figures. Measurements should also be learned in first grade.

Reading. Reading is fundamental in kindergarten and first grade. In these grades’ kids learn phonic sounds. They also learn to put two and three letter words together. However, by the middle of first grade children should be able to retell a story told to them. Children should be able to read a story and answer questions from that story. Children should also learn the meaning of words from the story read to them. Children should also be going more in debt in spelling to learn to put letters together. Children should also be learning to fill in the spelling word into a sentence given. Children should also learn to put words in alphabetical order. By the end of first grade children should be able to write and dictate their own sentence of a topic given to them. They should also be able to look through paragraphs and find misspelled words and write them correctly. In language arts children in first grade will be learning about capitalization of words in sentences. They should be learning about nouns and naming words for those nouns. Contractions are also learned in first grade. They should also start using words to describe, like adverbs, verbs, and adjectives. Children should also be learning to identify the ending of a sentence. (which punctuation to put at the end of a sentence) By the end of first grade children should be learning to make a paragraph, how to write a letter, and starting a book report.

Writing. Children at the beginning of first grade need to be focusing on writing letters and sentences better in lines. Writing is a big foundation on learning to do the other school subjects needed. Children should also be learning about grammar and sentence structure.

Life Skills. Children in public schools are not taught some of these, but if you are homeschooling these can be a part of your school day. Teach your child cooking or baking skills, how to do their laundry, how to clean their room, how to vacuum, how to clean the bathroom, how to sweep the floor, or how to follow directions.

So, You Want to Home school First Grade Try These Tips

Home school is not for people that will not take their children’s education seriously. Homeschooling for me is a full-time job. Every day I am working on what my children need to learn for the next day. You are your child’s guide, and this should be taking seriously. You want to make sure your child is learning everything that they need to know for each grade. I recommend getting the book, “What Your First Grader Needs to Know.” This book goes in depth on what your child needs to learn in first grade.

However, I am not going to say this lightly. Do not stress if your child is just not getting it. Children get things in their own time. If they are struggling that means this is not the right time for them to learn this. For example, reading. Many parents worry because their child between the ages of 6-8 years old is not reading yet. That is okay if they are not reading yet. Every child learns at their own time and that is okay. You as the parent just needs to constantly read to them, so that they develop a love for reading.

One more thing, your first grader does not need six hours to do schoolwork. My first grader was doing half-hour to an hour daily. That is okay. You are not a public-school teacher who has twenty-five children to teach. So, do not question yourself if your child takes thirty minutes to get school done. Again, all children learn at their own point and time. Find the way your child learns and go with their flow. Do not pile too much activities on your child or children at once. You and your child will get burned out and want to quit. I used to do this, however, now I just got with my children’s ques and what they like to do.

Big Tip

This is the biggest tip that I can give you. Have fun and learn with your children. I have found teaching my children I have forgotten most of the things that I have learned in school, so now I am learning right along with my little ones. Just have fun. Having a terrible day where your child is screaming and crying it is okay to take that day off and return to the tasks tomorrow. Remember to have fun.

5 Tips to Homeschooling Your First Grader

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