First Grade Catholic Homeschooling Curriculum

Grade 1 Catholic Homeschool Curriculum
Art 1 for Young Catholics


In Art 1 for Young Catholics, children learn about their Faith through art. Each lesson highlights a major holy day, feast day, or season for the liturgical year. The text is filled with creative art activities for the young Catholic. Lessons include patterns for making cut-outs, pop-ups, and other displays, step-by-step instructions, prayers, and information about the lesson’s theme.

English 1 for Young Catholics


English 1 for Young Catholics is a student’s first formal exposure to many concepts that will be reviewed and built upon in years to come. Children begin by studying words: rhyming words, synonyms, antonyms, and contractions. They learn basic punctuation, capitalization, and the characteristics and types of sentences. As the year progresses, parts of speech are introduced: nouns, adjectives, pronouns, and verbs, as well as creative writing exercises.

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Handwriting Handwriting 1 for Young CatholicsSeton Handwriting Tablet, Grade 1

Handwriting 1 for Young Catholics helps children learn to write manuscript letters. Selections for practice contain Catholic words and phrases. In the first quarter your child will master each individual letter with Practice Page drills. Formal practice of capital letters is included. Each page is dedicated to a specific letter. Beginning with the second quarter, letters are presented in order, according to similar strokes. Letters are to be traced over and then copied beneath the words traced.

Included is the Seton Handwriting Tablet, 1st Grade: Seton produced lined paper for extra penmanship practice. 5/8 inch rule, red baseline, broken midline. 8.5 x 11 inches. 48 pp.
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American History 1 for Young Catholics


In American History 1 for Young Catholics, children learn about explorers like Christopher Columbus, missionaries, the building of our nation, the first Thanksgiving, and the Declaration of Independence. They learn about great Americans such as St. Rose Duchesne, George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, and Mother Cabrini. Children study the lives of Saint Kateri Tekakwitha and Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton, with the Fr. Lovasik books. Children study geography in Places Around Me: Maps, Charts, and Graphs A, receiving practice and reinforcement in using maps, direction words, finding directions, map symbols, and measuring distance.
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Mathematics 1 for Young Catholics


In Mathematics 1 for Young Catholics, students add and subtract using one- and two-digit numbers, recognize and write numerals 0 – 100, and exhibit beginning skills in reasoning and logical thinking, place value, money, time, and are introduced to beginning concepts in geometry, measurement, fractions, and graphing.
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Catholic Songs for Children


Children learn 24 entertaining and educational songs on the Apostles’ Creed, Seven Sacraments, Ten Commandments, and more on the Catholic Songs for Children (CD).
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Phonics 1 for Young Catholics 1Phonics 1 for Young Catholics 2

Phonics and Reading

In Phonics 1 for Young Catholics Book 1 and Phonics 1 for Young Catholics Book 2, areas of study include long and short vowel sounds, beginning and ending consonant sounds, consonant blends, and consonant digraphs. Students also study the suffixes -ed and -ing. First graders then work through each of the readers: the Pre-Primer, This Is Our Family, and These Are Our Friends, from the classic Faith and Freedom series. The goal is for students to practice beginning skills in reading out loud and comprehension as they acquire vocabulary.
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Religion 1 for Young Catholics


Using Religion 1 for Young Catholics, first graders attain a beginning understanding of the fundamentals of the Catholic Faith: the Creed, the Commandments, the Sacraments, and Prayer. Children also learn major events, people, and teachings in the life of Our Lord Jesus Christ. Students also work with four picture books: Jesus and IMiracles of JesusThe Holy Spirit, and Mary My Mother. The Coloring Book About Angels introduces children to the role of angels in the Bible and guardian angels in our own lives.
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Science 1 for Young Catholics


Science 1 for Young Catholics teaches children about the remarkable miracle of their physical creation. Topics covered in this course are: sound, God’s gift of hearing, how your eyes work, smell, taste, good nutrition, and keeping your teeth healthy. Emphasis is on the presence of God in all creation.
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Spelling 1 for Young Catholics


In Spelling 1 for Young Catholics, children study lessons containing exercises, practice pages, and a short religious paragraph which utilizes the list of words. Exercises such as Rhyme Time, ABC Order, and Sounds the Same are purposefully simple to encourage writing of the spelling words.
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First Grade Lesson Plans

The detailed Lesson Plans walk you through day-by-day instructions and activities with your student.

English Handwriting History Math Music Phonics/Reading
Religion Science Spelling