Your first grader is preparing to take their next step into learning. And learning is fantastic when done with exciting stories, clear illustrations and books that capture the imagination. With Sonlight, you have the opportunity to study an intro to American History, or a broad overview of history and cultures of the wider world. Either is perfect for your first grader.
Choose your 1st Grade Homeschool Curriculum
Sonlight offers multiple curriculum packages, each completely customizable to meet your family's needs. Start by choosing one of the three options below, and customize online as desired. Need help choosing? Chat with an advisor.
History / Bible / Literature Program (HBL)
Choose 4- or 5-Day
Each HBL program includes a year's worth of history, geography, Bible, and all required books, all connected with an award-winning Instructor's Guide. Start with an HBL program and add additional subjects.
Follow the steps in our SmoothCourse™ curriculum builder to create your own complete and personalized curriculum package. This guided tool will help you mix-and-match subjects to create the best curriculum for your learners.
*Percent off Retail Price. Preschool and Pre-K are not available as All-Subjects Packages as they have unique subjects specific to those age spans. A Sonlight History / Bible / Literature program includes a year's worth of history, geography, Bible, Readers, Read-Alouds, and an Instructor's Guide. An All-Subjects Package includes a History / Bible / Literature program, plus language arts, spelling (K-6), handwriting (K-3), math, science, and a Sonlight binder. Click here for the complete Scope and Sequence.
1st Grade Packages
Put together a customized program or select the recommended everything-you-need package. Compare your choices and pick the path you want. Either way, a wonderful adventure in learning awaits you and your family. Both History / Bible / Literature Programs and All-Subjects Packages include complete first grade lesson plans, schedule and notes in the included Instructor's Guide.
Start by selecting the program that covers the history focus you'd like to use this year. Because you'll teach with real books, each Sonlight program works with a range of ages and allows you to teach multiple children together. View the full curriculum scope & sequence for additional information. Need help choosing?Chat with a homeschool Advisor.
1st Grade History / Bible / Literature Programs
Sonlight's complete first grade history homeschool curriculum includes more than just social studies. History is at the center of all of Sonlight's programs and in first grade, you'll either explore American History, or take a broad view of the world and the people and places that fill it.
You will read many biographies with your children, discovering a very human and vibrant side of history not found in textbooks. Included in the 1st grade curriculum are Bible readings, missionary biographies, and books filled with characters worth imitating. This great literature does more than simply make history come alive. We always want to provide inspiration to follow the Lord. And, of course, you'll have the joy of reading captivating books that make you laugh, possibly cry, but surely learn.
Start with the History / Bible / Literature program of your choice and add additional subjects. History / Bible / Literature programs can be used with multiple children. All History / Bible / Literature programs include a 15% discount off of retail.
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Exploring American History
History / Bible / Literature K
A delightful, age-appropriate Kindergarten American History program, done in Sonlight’s signature style.
All-Subjects Packages offer the convenience of an all-in-one boxed curriculum but provide the flexibility of customization for your specific needs or multiple children. And you get all that for a 20% discount!
20% OFF RETAIL
1st Grade Curriculum
All-Subjects Package A
Investigate history and the wide world.
Title: Intro to the World: Cultures Age Range: 6-8
The transition to a more formal education doesn't have to be overwhelming. With Sonlight's literature-rich homeschool curriculum and easy to use schedules, you are setting yourself up for a great first grade year. Enjoy traveling the globe with the turn of a page!
From the Solar System to human body systems, Sonlight Science A nurtures children’s natural curiosity and provides daily opportunities to explore the world around them. They will use real scientific skills and practices as they explore our natural earth: from weather, geology, natural habitats and animal life to what makes us ill and why we eat. Science A includes a high-level introduction to light and sound waves and other STEM topics that will prepare students for a lifetime of scientific curiosity, learning and application.
Choose the matching 1st Grade Science level (Science A) or browse other available Science programs and see what you could discover.
In 1st Grade math, the focus is on single-digit addition and subtraction. One key goal is to commit the addition and subtraction facts to memory. In addition, your children will continue to learn about: place value, telling time, skip counting, beginning fractions, measuring, and shape recognition, and be introduced to word problems. With lots of review built-in, they will continue to add to what they learned in their 1st grade year.
Math-U-See Alpha is included in Sonlight's 1st Grade All-Subjects Package, but you can customize as desired.
With Grade 1 Readers and Language Arts for Readers 1. Teach your children how to read, write, and spell with our popular Reading and Language Arts programs that feature our exclusive I Can Read It! series. Includes Grade 1 Readers and Language Arts.
While your child is still in the early stages of learning to grip pencils, make shapes, and start work on letters and numbers, we give them practice by scheduling handwriting. There are many physiological processes going on in the art of writing, and even more as your children will begin the process of learning to write their ideas in the coming years. This is a foundational step in helping them learn to communicate.
We include Handwriting Without Tears in our All-Subjects Package because it is designed to eliminate problems with reversals, spacing, placement, and letter and numeral formation. But, you are able to customize your package and choose the handwriting program of your choice and still enjoy our best discount of 20% off.
Phonics instruction is included in the Sonlight Language Arts Guides for levels K-4. Spelling instruction is phonics-based and also included in the Sonlight Language Arts Guides for levels 1-4. Spelling and Vocabulary is built into your lesson plans at this level. Spelling lists are based on your student's phonics studies with the words matching the weekly phonics rule. Vocabulary words are from the reading you share with your students and will be found in the Read-Aloud Study Guides in your History / Bible / Literature Instructor's Guide. This makes practice a natural addition to your homeschool day. We do offer additional resources as desired.
Let your children touch history with a hands-on, multi-sensory history project kit. Includes all the specialized supplies you need, along with a complete instruction booklet with clear, detailed explanations of each included craft.
Our hands-on learning kits are specifically designed to complement Sonlight’s history programs and they are scheduled as optional activities for our History / Bible / Literature levels A, B, and C.
Explore even more electives and enrichment activities here.
Required Resources are items that you must have to use a Sonlight curriculum program. To save you money, we do not include these resources in every package. You may already own one or two of them and may not want duplicates. If not, pick them up here.
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