Where do I start?
First look through the overview of what is covered for each grade. Remember that you will be receiving weekly emails from the teachers throughout the year with much more detail.
Now, what exactly do I need for home?
After reviewing the appropriate curriculum document for your child's grade and taking the placement tests* (see below) to be sure they are in the best math and reading levels, reference this SHORT LIST to see a more concise list of what you need to get for home. The list of history spines for 1st-6th grade can be found HERE.
Check the RESOURCE PAGE to find links to buy everything you need.
I got my books! Now what?
Check out our SAMPLE SCHEDULES to get some ideas of what might work for your family.
Choose a handcraft or two from THIS LIST to enjoy in the afternoons.
Use the Spanish Resources page to find links to the review videos and other helpful resources for your at-home study.
Finally, check the calendar tab to keep track of important dates.
Do I need anything else?
If you have your books for home, have reviewed the calendar, handbook, and supply list, you should be ready to start the school year! Don't forget you will be getting weekly emails from the teachers once the school year is in full swing.
Do I have to use all of the curriculum on the list?
You do not. Because you are legally homeschooling and we are not legally a school, we do not require any curriculum for home. However, we have worked hard to give you the most complete curriculum we can. If you follow the curricula suggested, you will have a thorough and enjoyable curricula for the year.
If, however, you want to do something else on your home days, you are welcome to. Just note that we will not be pacing or referencing these at school.
We even have an ALTERNATIVE RESOURCES LIST of some great curricula and resources that we did not choose either because it did not lend itself well to a hybrid model or because we couldn't choose every good curriculum out there!
*Not sure which Reading or math group? That's okay! We are flexible. Your child can be in whichever reading or math group fits best, regardless of which grade he/she is in.
K-3: If your child has not done All About Reading before, we advise taking a placement test HERE to be sure they are going into the best level for them. There are 4 Levels and they do NOT correspond to grade level. The Kindergarten class will be doing Level 1, 1st grade will be doing Level 2, and 2nd grade will be doing Level 3.
If your child places in Level 4, we will have them in one of the two 3rd grade reading groups and you should work through Level 4 independently at home (or continue whatever phonics curriculum you have used previously).
Elson Book 2: The Wake Up Story (Page 11 in Archive)
Elson Book 3: The Hare and the Hedgehog (Page 12 in Archive)
Elson Book 4: Lord Cornwallis’s Knee Buckles (Page 7 of Google Books)
Please let us know which level your child can read from with just a little help (a few words per page is fine, but if they need help for a word every sentence, they may need to be in the level below).
We will have two reading groups in 3rd grade and this will help us place your child in the correct group.
For students going into 2nd-6th grade math whose math level you are not sure about, you may want them to take the assessment HERE (You want to do the test for PRIMARY). Each test if covering the material in that level (which means if they don’t know most of the material in the 3A test but they do know most of 2B, they should be placed in 3A). Students in Kindergarten will do Kuske math, and students in 1st will do Math in Focus 1 with some parts substituted with Kuske worksheets. Your student should have mastery of addition facts to 10 to enter Math in Focus 1 .
Spelling: It is advised by the publisher to begin All About Spelling 1 after All About Reading Level 1 is finished. It is also advised to not begin any higher than level 2, no matter the age of the child, because the rules build sequentially. For this reason, our All About Reading 2 class (1st grade) will work through All About Spelling 1. The All About Reading 3 group (Second grade) will work through All About Spelling 2. Third graders will work through All About Spelling 2 and 3 (depending on the group).