Year One Homeschool Curriculum

Are you looking for something special for your child’s Year One homeschool curriculum? Well, we hope this Charlotte Mason inspired program will more than satisfy your needs.

We want your child’s first few years of homeschool to be a joyful experience for you and your child.

To make it easier, we’ve done the planning so you can be confident you are giving your child a well-rounded education and that you comply with Australia’s homeschool registration requirements.

It’s Not School At Home

Family learning time is the heart of our Year One Homeschool Curriculum. We have already homeschooled each of our children through this stage, so we understand what it’s like to teach in the home. Find out more about us.

Children of the ages 6 and 7 are keen explorers, great at asking questions, observing and eager to know more. We want to help you to make these natural tendencies part of their learning experience. We’d rather take them on a learning journey by: reading a gorgeous book, making conversation, and encouraging observation and creativity.

A Literature Rich Year One Homeschool Curriculum Full Of Ideas

An idea is a living thing of the mind. It strikes, seizes and catches hold of us. Ideas form the basis of our inspiration. An idea can possess us. Without ideas education is dull. For that reason, we aren’t keen on worksheets, textbooks or comprehension tests. We’d rather you take your child on a learning journey.

Our Year One Homeschool Curriculum uses living literature, nature study, music and art as an instrument for nourshing your child’s mind. We don’t just care about following the Australian Curriculum (or a state syllabus), we also care about giving your child a rich education full of vitality and noble thoughts.

The mind “is nourished on ideas and absorbs facts only as they hang connected with the living ideas upon which they hang. Children educated upon some such lines as these respond in a surprising way, developing capacity, character, countenance, initiative and a sense of responsibility…The mind feeds on ideas and therefore children should have a generous curriculum.” Charlotte Mason

A Classical, Charlotte Mason inspired approach to learning is the philosophy behind our Year One Homeschool Curriculum. We help you tick the curriculum box and give your child a living education.


Your Little Scholars Will Be:

  • Reading good quality books, including illustrated children’s books.
  • Having short, consistent lesson time in the mornings, leaving afternoons free for naps or play.
  • Finding out about science while exploring and observing nature.
  • Making discoveries through hands-on activities.
  • Learning about great artists and making some of their own art works.

Do We Need to Do Kindergarten First?

Unfortunately, kindergarten is sometimes dismissed as unnecessary, confused with preschool, melded into Year 1, or simply viewed through different education philosophies, such that that the real wonder, meaning and purpose for kindergarten has been forgotten or cast aside.

Some home educators misunderstand kindergarten to only be a formal school construct and miss the opportunities that come for enjoying and exploring learning at this age.

Kindergarten is not only an important step in the life long journey of education, but a wonderful way to gently step into home education. It is not to be missed!

Please refer to our Kindergarten Readiness Checklist for a short checklist approach to developmental milestones most children will have achieved before commencing kindergarten.

We also have a Kindergarten Completion Achievement List so you can see if your child is ready for Year One.

Year One Homeschool Curriculum boy

Year One Course Cost

My Homeschool has been the perfect fit for our family. It has provided the “hand-holding” I needed as a new homeschooler while still being flexible enough to be workable in everyday life.

It took the stress out of writing the application for exemption to homeschool as everything was laid out for me, and we were granted 18 months exemption.

I love that it uses a relaxed CM style, can be taught from a Christian worldview and is Australian. The weekly plans are not overly prescriptive so can easily be implemented according to the child’s individual interests and pace of learning and whatever else is happening in our week.

Lauren from South Australia

Home Educators, My Homeschool Year One Curriculum

Year One Homeschool Curriculum Kids

Download Course Outline and Sample Week

We’ve put a comprehensive outline and weekly lesson sample guide for you to download and read.

Year One Course Outline. PDF Download

Year One Homeschool Curriculum Teaching Resources

To encourage a passion and motivation for learning, we’ve adopted a literature rich philosophy which has avoided worksheets and textbooks whenever possible.

Our family learning schedule includes: thoughtful conversations, classic read alouds, narrations, poetry, picture study, science and nature journaling, notebooking and art lessons. Independent work includes English, math, copywork and age appropriate readers.

Resources Provided

These resources can be downloaded or accessed online. You can print off these documents or keep them in your virtual cupboard.

  • Detailed Scope and Sequence and Yearly Plan: Use for registration application, includes Australian Curriculum codes and NESA outcomes.
  • Year One Course Introduction: Information of how to teach the course.
  • Beatrix Potter Classic Copywork: Foundation Font Printing
  • Mother Goose Classic Copywork: Foundation Font Printing
  • Primary Language Lessons Year One: First lessons in grammar, writing and spelling using literature and stories.
  • Humanities and Social Studies Picture Book Unit Studies:
    • History with Marguerite – learning about family history, changes in places and circumstances, and book making
    • Your Local Neighbourhood – exploring your neighbourhood, caring for places, early mapping  skills, and celebrations.
    • The Places Where I Live – learning about the different places people live, and an introduction to the world geography.
    • Special Places – looking at what makes a place special for a child and special for a community and nation.
  • My First Science – Kitchen Chemistry: Conversation based science lessons on chemistry.
  • My First Science – Physical World: Conversation based science lessons on physics
  • Nature Study in Year One: A parent’s resource full of nature study ideas perfect for this age group.
  • Healthy Conversations Checklist: A guide for teaching personal health and development studies.
  • Art Appreciation Course: Provided free with subscription
  • Music Appreciation Course: Provided free with subscription
  • And a few other bits and bobs including video links and suggested enrichment activities.

What Isn’t Provided

We don’t provide a math program but we’ve got some suggestions, so you can pick a resource that suits your child’s style and ability.

Since this is a literature rich course we need you to buy or borrow some living books.   You can view our book list when you download the course outline.

Foreign language lessons are also at your own discretion but we’ll give you some tips.

Year One Homeschool Curriculum Details

Our aim was to find a good balance between Charlotte Mason’s ideas and the registration requirements of a modern day Australian curriculum.

Efficient planning means that we’ve streamlined lessons to give your child a rich learning experience without making you feel guilty or overloaded. This means you’ll still have time to go on delight directed learning adventures.

36 Week Cycle

Our Kindergarten Course is set out in a 4 term/36 week cycle that can be spread over 3 to 4 days (10 hours per week). To give you some breathing space, we’ve allocated the last week of each term to: special projects, catch-up lessons and assessments.

But you as the homeschooling parent you can pace your child’s learning according to their abilities and needs. Some parent’s are choosing to spread this program out over 2 years. Others are speeding through the lessons.


Keeping track of your progress is also easy with our weekly schedules available in an online or printable format.

Registration is made simple with our Yearly Planning Template and detailed Scope and Sequence.

We also provide certificates and portfolio prompts that will make documentation and continued registration a cinch.

At the end of each term there is a downloadable report of work achieved over the term. Parents add comments and assessments of their child’s progress in each area of learning.

Online Learning Platform

One of the most exciting features of My Homeschool is the online learning platform we are using. You can access your course from your PC, Mac, Tablet or even your phone.

Moodle is an Australian designed software that is used by many school, universities, colleges and educational institutions around the world. My Homeschool has been built on this platform. You can download an app for your smart phone or iPhone and that means your whole course is at your fingertips. This is great for learning on the go.

Membership Subscription

Before you buy a course you must purchase a membership subscription. Membership remains active as long as you stay subscribed. The membership can only be used for the family subscribed. The membership may not be used for non-family members.

Member’s Price

Membership Year One Price: $385 once off payment.

After you become a member you are entitled to purchase additional courses without the additional subscription fee.  Links to subscription free course are only accessed from within the My Homeschool Learning Platform. 

This is a once of price that gives you access to the course for as long as your subscription remains current.

Additional Costs

We don’t provide a math program but we’ve got some suggestions, so you can pick a resource that suits your child’s style and ability.

Since this is a literature rich course we need you to buy or borrow some living books.   You can view our book list when you download the course outline.

I love the lay out of week by week checklists. We’ve really enjoyed HSS – Y1 History with Marguerite which I combined with my Y1 and Y4. We have liked the complementary books recommended. My children are enjoying the CM method, less textbook and more creative and enjoyable learning. They have something they’ve personally made or journalled to show for their work instead of a dull textbook page. I have tried to incorporate the CM method in the past but this program is the helping hand I need to implement it. We are enjoying the Primary Language Lessons. I have printed the Weekly Checklists and subjects and have them spiral bound for each year. This has been great to have it all together and I can go through and highlight the lessons before we do them. We joined Maths Online in the last few weeks as it was recommended by you and this is such an excellent resource for maths. So thank you!

Joanna from NSW

Home Educator , My Homeschool Year One & Year Four Curriculum

Hi Michelle!

I just thought I would drop you a line to let you know that I have successfully registered using my homeschool and the AP moderator had lots of nice things to say about it. You are doing a great job and it took all the registration stress away. It was so easy. Thank you so much!

Kind regards


Jessica from NSW

Home Educator , My Homeschool Year One

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