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 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 Program

Learning to Read introduces and reviews all consonants sounds, consonant digraphs, long and short vowels, most two-letter vowel sounds, and many sight words. It also integrates handwriting, spelling, and listening skills to create a complete language program for beginners.

Each sound is introduced with a picture card followed by a story focusing on the picture and new sound. For example, for the t sound, the story of children discovering a turtle with a house that “just fits” captures the child’s attention and motivates him to learn the sound.

The story ends with a fun rhyme to connect the sound with the letter—“/t,t,t,t/ Turtle Tim takes his house on top of him.”

Learning the rhyme and repeating it rivets the combination in the child’s mind. Questions about the story help develop comprehension. A moral lesson or truth about God’s greatness and goodness helps develop the child’s character.

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.

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

The reader is a collection of 24 stories and 18 poems designed to stimulate an interest in reading while providing spiritual lessons to the child in the second half of first grade.

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.

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.

Language Lessons for Little Ones V2

This volume covers phonics: consonant and short vowel sounds, CVC words, long vowels, and CVCe words. It also covers handwriting/copywork, narration, poetry, and writing sentences.

Primary Line Composition Book

This versatile composition book can be used for handwriting practice, journaling, and creative writing projects. The 7.5″ x 10.25″ hardcover, spiral-bound book has a solid white blank cover and 28 sheets (56 pages) inside. Each left-hand page is blank, while each right-hand page is lined with ¾” writing guidelines, a red line baseline, and a dashed midline.

Art With a Purpose

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

Benjamin Franklin / Ingri & Edgar D’Aulaire

Benjamin Franklin details the life of this famous American from his boyhood as one of the youngest of 17 children, to his teen years as an apprentice in his brother’s print shop and his later years as an inventor, statesman, diplomat, and signer of the Declaration of Independence. Young people will enjoy learning about the fascinating life Ben Franklin led from the lively text and beautiful illustrations of this d’Aulaire classic.

Charlotte’s Web (full-color edition)

Fern keeps her father from killing Wilbur, a runt pig. Later, when Wilbur is full-grown, Charlotte the spider saves Wilbur from the butcher knife and brings him county-wide notoriety. A beloved classic by E. B. White. This full-color edition has Garth Williams illustrations, enhanced with the gentle watercolors of Rosemary Wells.

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.

Farmyard and Dooryard Friends (Discovering Nature Series)

Younger elementary children and those who struggle with reading and writing abilities are the intended users of this year-long science course. Mixing stories about common farm and home animals, coloring pages, oral discussion and copywork later in the book, children will learn about bees, horses, birds, cats, mice and other friendly critters.

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