1st Grade

Our First Grade Program focuses on children that are six to seven years old and introduces children to the wonderful world of reading. Students concentrate on reading and beginning math skills with a very minimal amount of focus in other subjects.

1st Grade includes:

Math level 1

In Book 1, Charlie and Charlotte visit their grandparents farm and learn numbers, shapes, place value, adding and subtracting. Along the way, the children also learn about gardening, baby farm animals, nature, family and love. In the first 30 lessons children will learn about numbers 0-9, place value, rectangles, circles, addition, subtraction, skip counting with 2, 5, and 10, telling time with minutes and hours, and more. The last 6 lessons of the book are review. Each lesson has enough materials to last one week.

Learning to Read Teacher’s Guides

The Volume 1 and 2 Teacher’s Guidebooks pulls everything together for the course. It is very comprehensive and include a complete overview of each semester, a detailed scope and sequence, daily schedule and lesson plans, reading assessment rubric, alternate tests, games suggestions, answers to all student pages/tests, spelling word lists, and grading/record-keeping info. Daily lessons are scripted and include reduced copies of light unit pages. A nice feature; examples are given to help evaluate student work.

Learning to Read Practice Sheets

The Learning to Read Practice Sheets set 1 and 2 are designed to go with Lightunits 101-110 and may be photocopied as needed. The practice sheets provide more practice for the struggling student and extra work for the one who needs something constructive to do.

We Live

Five stories with beautiful pencil-drawn illustrations. Used with Learning to Read, Second Edition LightUnits 101 and 102.

We Explore

Thirty stories with beautiful pencil-drawn illustrations. Used with Learning to Read, Second Edition LightUnits 103-106.

We Learn

Eighteen stories with beautiful pencil-drawn illustrations. Used with Learning to Read, Second Edition LightUnits 107 and 108.

We Discover

Twenty-two stories with beautiful pencil-drawn illustrations. Used with Learning to Read, Second Edition LightUnits 109 and 110.

Sound Slider

Sound Slider, an ingenious device for practicing beginning and ending blends a double-sided laminated strip (4x20) listing all consonants and four main digraphs; five double-sided, laminated “sleeves,” each with a viewing window and a vowel positioned on one side for beginning blends and on the other for ending blends. Student or teacher slides a sleeve up and down the strip to practice then turns the strip over and goes through the other side.

Phrase flash cards

Phrase Flash Cards (11″ x 4″) helps students recognize thought segments in groups of words.

Picture flash cards

Picture Flash Cards (4″ x 5″) full color illustrations for each consonant, vowel, and the four main digraphs (ch, sh, th, wh) on one side and rhymes on back.

Word flash cards

Word Flash Cards (8″ x 2″) both sight words and sound-out words.

Wall Cards

Picture Wall Cards (8” x 11”) same as Picture Flash Cards, but larger and without the rhymes.

I Wonder

A collection of 24 stories and 18 poems, I Wonder is designed to stimulate an interest in reading while providing spiritual lessons to the child in the second half of first grade.

I Wonder Teacher’s Guide

The Teacher’s Guide includes answers to the LightUnits, ideas, spelling word lists, useful appendices, and alternate LightUnit tests for students who need to redo a test.

I Wonder work books

Reading Lightunits 101- 105 go with the I Wonder Reader.

Pentime Manuscript 1 and 2

In the first workbook, students focus on writing the individual letters on wide lines with a dotted midline. The correct strokes are shown (and numbered) for each letter along with plenty of space for children to practice.

The second book continues practice of upper and lowercase letters but adds words and sentences as well. In place of stroke guides, a dot on each letter shows children where to start forming the letter.

Art With a Purpose

36 Lessons. Simple coloring skills; color-by-number; cutting and pasting.

Little House in the Big Woods

Here’s the book that started it all! It’s the late 1870’s, and young Laura and her family are living in a log house deep in the Wisconsin woods. It begins with stories of the long winter, kept cozy by Pa’s stories and fiddle music at the end of each day. When spring comes, Laura and her family enjoy a dance, a beautiful summer, and a bountiful harvest, their days filled with hard work and good times as always. This book spans about a year of Laura’s childhood.

A Child’s Garden of Bible Stories

Remember when you read your first Bible storybook? It may have been this volume. Originally written in 1948, this book has enjoyed a popular readership for more than fifty years.

Today’s classic version offers sixty Old and New Testament Bible stories in updated language. Read to your children the timeless biblical accounts of God’s faithfulness.

Child’s Binoculars

The small purple-and-aqua binoculars feature 4x magnification, a built-in compass and an easy-to-use center focusing knob. And when you’re done peeking around your yard and neighborhood, you can open up the 22-page Wildlife Activity Journal and use your binoculars to observe, write and draw about birds, wildlife and trees.

1st Grade with alternate math includes:

Alpha Universal Set

Includes everything you need for a successful experience with Alpha: Instruction Manual with complete solutions, Instruction DVD, Student Workbook, Tests booklet, Integer Block Kit, and 12 months of access to the Alpha Digital Pack, which includes the Skip Count Songs MP3s and Songbook PDF.

Purchase options


Tuition billed seperately ($28 a month for 10 months).

Enrollment process