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.
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.
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.
Foreign language lessons are also at your own discretion but we’ll give you some tips.
Download Course Outline
We’ve put a comprehensive outlines and weekly lesson sample guide for you to download and read.
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.
Additional Costs – Year One Homeschool Curriculum
Since this is a literature rich course we need you to buy or borrow some living books.
These items are not provided but are needed for the course. It is estimated these will cost less than $200 in total.
Additional Books and Resources
- Own choice math curriculum
- Marguerite Makes a Book – Bruce Roberston
- Peter’s Old House – Elsa Beskow
- If You Lived Here: Houses of the World – Giles Laroche
- World Map Journal
- The Day of Ahmed’s Secret – Florence Parry Heide and Judith Heide Gilliland
- Caribbean Dream – Rachel Isadora
- Magic Beach – Alison Lester
- Hello From Nowhere – Raewyn Caisley and Karen Blair
- Desert Lake: The Story of Kati Thanda – Lake Eyre – Pamela Freeman and Liz Anelli
- The Man Who Walked Between the Towers – Mordicai Gerstein
- The Third Gift – Linda Sue Park
- The Wonderland of Nature – Nuri Mass
- Stationary supplies.
Non Member’s Price
Year One Price: $380 plus $15 per month membership subscription
Course membership is activated once you purchase your first course; the initial course price includes your monthly membership subscription fee. Membership remains active as long as you stay subscribed. It gives you access to the My Homeschool Learning Platform the curriculum course you purchased and our enrichment courses. The membership can only be used for the family subscribed. The membership may not be used for non-family members.
You only need to purchase one course at this price.
Membership Year One Price: $380 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. Discounted course links can be accessed from the home page after logging in.
This is a once of price that gives you access to the course for as long as your subscription remains current.
These are two sample weeks from our online planning platform. You can also print the full PDF version of the planner.
Family Time and Read Alouds
Own Choice scripture and family devotional
Own Choice Novel
Poetry: The Curlew Song by Henry Kendall
On Your Own Subjects
Own Choice Reading Instruction
Handwriting: Beatrix Potter Classic Copywork: pages 9 – 11
Own Choice Math Curriculum
Humanities & Social Science – History with Marguerite – Lesson 2
Nature Study Year 1
Classic read aloud
Free reading / library visit
Music lesson practice
Listen to term composer
Assessment and Review
Collect samples of work for portfolio. (For Queensland students follow the HEU guidelines. Look for a sample from each subject).
Catch up on any unfinished work.
Print off Term 2 Report. Look over child’s work and write an assessment of their progress—refer to each subject and record any extra curricula activities that you did this term. Place term assessment in portfolio.
Record child’s own reading in book log.
Look through Healthy Conversations Checklist to see if you can check off any topics.
Check you have all the books and resources needed (*) and complementary for next term:
* World Map Journal: Available here
Optional Complementary Book List
Africa is Not a Country by Margy Burns Knight and Mark Melnicove
This is How We Do It: One Day in the Lives of Seven Kids from Around the World by Matt Lamothe
Peace by Wendy Anderson Halperin
The Wonderland of Nature by Nuri Mass
What Makes a Magnet? by Franklyn M. Branley
Force Make Things Move by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
Select a few books for child’s own reading Term 3.
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.
Should I Skip Kindergarten?
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.