I have really only focused on reading and math with Maddie this year because that was about all she could handle, but since we are nearing the close of the year, I felt she was ready to be a little more challenged and wanted to add more “meat” to her school day.
The First Grade Homeschool Complete program is a downloadable curriculum. I have said it before, that I’m not really a big fan of having to download and print off pages for student work. This is always cumbersome for me, but I have plenty of friends that this is their preferred way of purchasing curriculum because it’s often cheaper, so I’ll give them that and stop whining about it.
But I DID refuse to use a color copy when I printed it out to put it in my notebook.
So what do you get with Homeschool Complete?
You get 2 PDF files that hosts a total of 900 pages worth of material. This includes a Teacher’s guide and a Student Workbook. Of course you don’t have to print out all the pages. I didn’t print out all of the teacher’s guide and there were a few pages in the student workbook that I didn’t feel like I needed to print. So if your heart stopped reading that number… just know, you have choices.
My first impression was that it is in fact… complete. There are full day activities for all subjects. Depending on where your child is in their math skills, this program may not offer a rigorous math portion. It was perfect for Maddie but it might have come up short for my other three. Although there are 4 units dedicated to math concepts.
I really liked that the units covered various topics. At the time of this review we only finished the first two units but I am looking forward to the others.
I really like how each lesson is laid out clearly and that the teacher’s guide gives you an overview and then breaks it down into units. This is exactly how my brain works, so I can appreciate the time that was put into it.
I was really impressed with how the much was included in the teacher guide. I didn’t expect to find the calendar skills and the extras like art, music and P.E. so I was pleasantly surprised with those extras.
One thing that I think is important to point out, but should come as no surprise for this age, is that this is a teacher heavy curriculum. I tend to shy away from curriculums that require me to do so much of the work because with 4 kids, it’s hard to get to everyone each day. But I do understand that first graders need much more parent assistance than older kids.
I also really liked the literature choices. We owned a few of them and the library saved the day with the other. Reading time is always a sweet time together.
Maybe because Maddie is the youngest and she probably doesn’t get all the attention she needs… wait- that’s ridiculous. She gets ALL the attention because she IS the youngest. But she really loved the time we spent together reading the literature and working through the different activities in the units.
She had a great time with this matching game. It was quite the challenge for her, because she is still learning to read, but it gave us great practice.
We will continue to use this program for the rest of the year.
If first grade isn’t the grade that you are looking for, or you just want a great unit study, check out what other crew members thought about some of the other grades and studies by clicking below.
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