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First Grade

Homeschool Curriculum Combining a Christian Worldview with Classical Education, Charlotte Mason, and Unit Studies

Learning God's Story

Learning God's Story is our complete first grade Christian homeschool curriculum with a phonics-based reading program that focuses on the Bible. The integrated lessons also include language arts, social studies, science, music, math, and art. Easy-to-teach lesson plans guide you through an entire school year.

happy first grade girl reading a book

Educational Development
with My Father's World

  • Complete Christian Curriculum
  • Bible Notebook and Timeline
  • Genesis to Revelation
  • Hands-On Bible and Science
  • Easy-to-Teach Phonics
  • Foundation Math Principles

Using a thematic approach, this learning adventure focuses on Bible history from Genesis to Revelation. Phonics lessons develop the needed skills to read Bible stories from our Bible Reader. Students retell (narrate) the Bible story and create a lovely keepsake Bible Notebook in which they summarize and illustrate Bible stories. Weekly memory verses selected from Proverbs help strengthen handwriting skills as well as Biblical character.

The Goals of Our Program Are:
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Hands-On Projects:These projects help the students understand and experience the world of the Bible. Creating a timeline helps to visualize Bible stories as actual events that fit into history. Making a Bible-times costume and celebrating a Sabbath meal help students understand the culture of the Bible.

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Bible reader open to David and Goliath

Reading:Step-by-step instruction in phonics makes teaching reading easy. Learning God's Story begins with a quick review of letter names and sounds, followed by in-depth teaching of all necessary phonics to produce an independent reader. The Teacher's Manual provides easy-to-follow daily lesson plans that teach new skills and allows continuous review. Student worksheets reinforce phonics, spelling, and handwriting skills. By week 13 students are reading Bible stories in a special beginning level Bible Reader, which is included with the curriculum.

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Science:Learn about nature, using three age-appropriate, engaging science books included with the curriculum.

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Math:The Teacher's Manual includes goals and activities for a hands-on approach to best develop foundational math principles with manipulatives and a supplementary math workbook to reinforce skills.

Is My Child Ready for First Grade?

The first grade program is an ideal follow-up to My Father's World kindergarten program, God's Creation from A to Z, but may be used by any student who is ready for first grade reading. If your child is not yet reading simple short vowel words, he may be more successful if he begins with our kindergarten program. Please contact us if you have any questions about placement.

If your child has not successfully completed God's Creation from A to Z kindergarten curriculum, please take some time to determine if your child is really ready to begin first grade:

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Phonics:Does your child know the 26 letter sounds (consonants and short vowels)? Letter names are not as important.

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Writing:Is your child generally able to print alphabet letters correctly? Is he generally able to place letters accurately on kindergarten-sized lined paper?

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Reading:Can he easily read short words such as hat, pig, and men without your help and without any accompanying pictures? (Was he taught how to blend sounds, not just memorize words?)

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Development:Is he developmentally able to sit long enough to copy 4-6 short words on kindergarten-sized lined paper without complaining or becoming tearful?

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Active Learning:Is your child mature enough to sit cooperatively for 20-30 minutes at a time for structured school activities? (Learning God's Story for first grade will take up to 2 hours each day to complete.)

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Age:Will your child be six by the beginning of school? A mature five-year-old about whom you can answer yes to all of the above questions may seem ready to begin first grade. However, we still encourage you to use God's Creation from A to Z because of all the wonderful things your child will learn about a relationship with Jesus through the integrated Bible and science. Kindergarten reading and writing assignments can be adjusted to meet the needs of a child who is already reading simple words.)

If you can answer yes to all of the above questions, your child is most likely ready for first grade. If not, we recommend that you begin with God's Creation from A to Z kindergarten curriculum.

The skills taught in kindergarten - especially reading short vowel words fluently for many months - give a child the foundation needed for success in first grade. Learning God's Story for first grade quickly reviews these skills in the first three weeks of school and then moves on to new skills at a rapid pace.

first grade boys on beach using binoculars

"The MFW curriculum is THE BEST that I've come across! My family loves it, & as a result, we are growing closer to one another & the Lord."

Cheryl M.
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