Grade One Skills and Topics


Don’t know how to homeschool your first grade student?

Get a quick guide to what to teach your first grader, so you can feel confident you’re covering all the needed skills and topics.  Here’s your scope and sequence, so you can find your best matching first grade curriculum.



Confused about what to teach your first grader?

Your first grade student is eager and ready to learn. You’re excited to get started. But what do you teach them? They need to learn to read, and improve their skills, of course, but should you use phonics or sight word? What about math, or science?  You start looking at different first grade curriculum, but it all seems overwhelming. Where do you start?

And what if no single curriculum has exactly what suits you?

If you’re like me, you’ve got a family that doesn’t fit into any box. A one-size-fits-all curriculum never suited me or my children. So their charts and checklists didn’t fit either! I had to create my own.

I researched appropriate child development, and sampled many different scopes and sequences from a variety of publishers. Then I distilled these topics and skills into what I felt was a systematic approach to education. For my grade one scope and sequence, you’ll get the list of skills and topics suitable for your first graders (ages 5-7).


In the early elementary grades, the focus is on the foundational skills to learning. We start with the basics of reading, writing and arithmetic. Social skills, life skills and the fundamental practices that make good scientists and historians are fostered using age appropriate interests and topics.

First grade is all about reading and writing, and developing the beginnings of good study habits. Seat work should be no more than 90 minutes a day, and I recommend that in 15 to 20 minute sessions. This is a systematic list that will make it easy to shop for and find the right materials that will suit both you and your student.

What you find inside

What you won’t get here is how to teach these skills or topics. You are free to find the curriculum, books, experiences or teachers for each skill or topic as suits your child best. You are not locked into any particular method of teaching!

Use your own judgement for finding the appropriate methods for teaching. There’s no one way! This list will simply give you a guide, so you aren’t lost in all the various options out there. Now you can be organized and feel like you’ve got a handle on this homeschooling thing.

Customization Guide

Using a scope and sequence such as this means that you can take advantage of the beautiful flexibility that homeschooling offers. It’s easy to figure out where there may be gaps in your child’s education. And it’s just as easy to challenge them where they are more advanced.  When you have a coherent checklist, there’s no “behind” or “ahead”, there’s just the next step on the path.

This is your map to your child’s education. When you’re starting out, you want to start right. So get ready for First Grade with the Grade One Scope and Sequence.


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