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Free First Grade Homeschool Curriculum
How did I amass such a large amount of free first grade homeschool curriculum knowledge? When I first got started homeschooling I never realized how quickly your budget can be blown, or if not careful spiral out of control.
In fact my first year of homeschooling I didn’t even set a budget. That quickly led to things getting out of hand. I bought many items that were never even used- workbooks, manipulatives, posters and so on.
That’s why I love good high-quality freebies. Notice I say high-quality? Not all free curriculum is created equally. It’s important to have a curriculum that is still able to teach and add value rather than just become “filler” in your day.
Here are some of my favorite free curriculum that you can use to create a complete free first-grade schedule.
If you’re interested in nature study here is a great resource. I love the idea of a green hour!
For a more complete homeschool science curriculum, I turn to Mystery Science this year. They offer several free spots for their curriculum. They also offer an upgraded version of the curriculum that is very reasonably priced.
CK12 is another Science option although through the Elementary curriculum isn’t as well put together as the Middle School and High School version it’s still a solid place to start if you are piecing together your own curriculum.
If your child is just learning to read I suggest using Libravox. This is a huge collection of audiobooks and I love to play these while in the car. There are some great living books in Libravox like “The Burgess Bird Book For Children“
You can not forget your local library! If you return your books on time this is also a great place to get free books. Now, of course, I mention returning on time- because I am currently in debt to my local library $20.
Learning To Read
I LOVE “Teach Your Monster to Read”. It’s a great game your child can play on for free on a computer. It was created by the Usborne company. It covers letter sounds to full sentences, so it is a high-quality game. It will allow your child to progress through the letter sounds to words and sentences.
Again I turn to Libravox for free history audiobooks. Some of which are a little outdated for lauguage but still paint a fairly compelling story of our history.
I’m a big fan of Teachers Pay Teachers and I love to scour the freebies offered there. One of my favorites this year was this”Pioneer Journal” I think it could be a great addition to a study of American History.
Here is another freebie that is part of a larger curriculum and lacks a teachers manual but I think is so worth the extra work you may need to put into planning to use it- but honestly it is not much prep work at all.
Ther is a great Geography Reader available written by Charlotte Mason. If you are looking for a secular book this is not for you but if you’re open to Christian curriculum this is a great gentle start to Geography!
Now if you want no prep work at all (beyond printing) I highly suggest a non-free curriculum- Across The USA bought this in the Build Your Bundle sale in 2017 and we used it for our 17/18 school year and it was FANTASTIC. My kids could color while I read about each state. The coloring really helped both my visual and my kinesthetic learners!
BACK TO FREE…
The Good and The Beautiful offers free comprehensive curriculum for grades 1-5. The other grades are HIGHLY affordable though. This curriculum is a Christian worldview but it is non-denominational which I really liked.
Wildwood Curriculum is another really great Charlotte Mason style curriculum that is completely free. This one also happens to be a secular curriculum if you are looking for a secular curriculum for your child.