First grade is where you find out just how ready your child is for the coming grades. It is crucial that you build a solid foundation. Without it, your child might struggle with the work that is ahead of them.
Make sure that you have everything you will need for the coming school year.
§ Curriculum and other academic resources
§ Paper (writing, drawing, construction, and scrap)
§ Pencils (regular and colored) and pencil sharpeners
§ Crayons, markers, and watercolors
§ Addition/subtraction flashcards, sight word cards, telling time cards, etc.
§ White board or chalkboard
§ Art supplies
§ Bulletin boards or charts of the ABC’s, numbers, days of the week, months of the year and so forth
§ Beginner readers and many books for story time
§ Field trips and activities planned for at the first half of the school year
You can find lots of the supplies you need at yard sales, the Dollar Store, used curriculum buys, other friends that homeschool… You can make lots of the items you need, and don’t forget to use the local library.
You definitely need to have a schedule. You do not have to have a strict schedule, but it is easier in the beginning if you have something to follow. You will want to bend sometimes to allow time for creativity, field trips, further exploration and more. Be flexible, your kids will thank you, and it will help you avoid burnout.
Do not forget to allow for breaks in your school day. The little learners need them the most. If you have an ADHD child as I do, then breaks are essential. Try not to schedule more than 30-45 minutes at a time. Then stop for a 5-10 minute break. Have the kids run around the back yard, get a drink, go to the restroom, or just stretch. Your child will actually learn more if you plan breaks into your day.
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