first grade curriculum homeschool

First Grade

Blossom & Root First Grade: Wonder, Discovery, and Delightful Foundations!

Click here to see First Grade in our store!

   Scope and Sequence:

Click here to download the scope and sequence for First Grade / Level 1.

Please note that this scope and sequence reflects the new second edition of First Grade / Level 1 Language Arts.

Book List

(Required books are not included with purchase)

Important: The Second Edition of Level 1 (first grade) LA has been released. At this time, both the first and second edition files are included in your purchase. If you’ve already purchased Level 1 (full bundle or LA only), the second edition files are in your Gumroad library.  Click here to download the book list for the second edition.

Click here to see a sample from the second edition of Level 1 Language Arts.

(Required books are not included with purchase.)

You can see a list of the highly recommended books for science at the end of the scope and sequence. Please see the “scope and sequence” section above for a link.

Important note 10/8/20: It has come to our attention that our suggested spine for Wonders of the Earth and Sky has become quite difficult to source in recent weeks. We have screened and approved four alternative spines for your consideration, should you be in the position where DK Super Earth has become difficult to source. Please click here to go to our updates / release page for suggested alternatives.

Basic Supply List:

Click here to download a master supply list for the basic supplies for first grade! 

Please scroll down for samples, FAQs, and More Information About Our First Grade Curriculum!

Are you struggling to find a secular first grade curriculum for your child?

Do you dream of providing a hands-on program for your young learner but aren’t sure where to start?

Do you wish you could find a comprehensive open-and-go first grade curriculum full of discovery-filled science and nature, the arts, and engaging children’s literature, in addition to a gentle introduction to key academic foundations?

Do most of the available programs make you cringe with the thought of extensive weekly preparation or hours of screen time, with no hands-on or play-based learning?

Do you long to provide your child with an experience that is joy-filled, low-pressure, and full of delight?

We know. You want your child to fall in love with learning, right from the start. You want to nurture their hearts, as well as their minds. You want their days to be full of discovery and beauty, not repetitive drills and random workbook pages.

Well, you’ve come to the right place!

Blossom & Root First Grade was designed to provide parents with a first grade curriculum that focuses on the development of the whole child. Our comprehensive program includes:

– An innovative art curriculum, integrating math concepts, picture study, and weekly art projects that stimulate the imagination and encourage creativity

– A lively, adventure-filled science curriculum and coordinating nature study curriculum focusing on geology, weather, and seasons. Includes a student notebook for science and a nature notebook to document your adventures. Also includes six special edition Profiles in Science Book Seed issues!

– A living-books inspired language arts program full of fairytales, folktales, and nature stories. Includes engaging literature projects, journaling, word building, mini-poem activities, narration, and copywork. This curriculum also integrates geography and culture as you explore the countries of origin for over a dozen world folktales. Includes student notebook.

– Complete parent curriculum guides (includes detailed schedules, lessons, book and supply lists, budget-friendly tips for curriculum implementation, and more)

We carefully designed our curriculum to work for the parent on a budget, and provide suggestions for acquiring all of the needed books, music, art, and supplies at minimal cost. You won’t find a $800.00 minimal investment requirement here! Most of our activities use what you already have around your home, and are designed to be flexible for all budgets and families.

We also designed our curriculum with the busy parent in mind. Whether you’re a working parent, or a homeschooling mom of five kids in different learning stages, you can give your first grader an exceptional year with Blossom & Root First Grade. Most days require approximately 2 hours of focused time together. Best of all, our science, nature study, art projects, and many of the read-alouds in our language arts program, can all be done as a family, even with a ride range of ages.

With Blossom & Root First Grade, you can truly give your child a year of wonder and discovery! They will make friends with some of the most influential and important artists in human history, listen to you read from the best children’s literature ever written, explore their own artistic voice, discover the beauty of the world right outside their door, and play with science concepts, all while developing a solid foundation in reading, writing, and investigative thinking that will provide them with confidence in the years to come.

** PLEASE NOTE: All of our products are delivered via digital download. We do not print or mail hard copies of any curriculum at this time. Due to the nature of digital downloads, we do not offer any returns, exchanges, or refunds on any of our products.**

Who is Blossom & Root First Grade for?

– Parents who need a secular first grade curriculum for their child

– Parents who want their child’s first elementary year to be filled with exposure to the arts, nature, science, and quality children’s literature

– Parents who need a curriculum that gently builds academic foundations in a developmentally-appropriate way, and moves at their child’s own unique pace

– Busy parents who need an open-and-go program with minimal prep time each week (half an hour or less!)

– Parents on a budget that cannot afford to spend hundreds of dollars on a boxed curriculum package

– Parents who want their child’s first grade experience to be beautiful, rich, and full of delight and wonder

– Parents with hands-on learners

Who is it NOT for?

– Parents who need a curriculum that includes Bible study or a religious perspective (our curriculum is built upon a secular world view)

– Parents who want a curriculum that their child can do completely independently (Our curriculum requires about two hours a day, 4 to 5 days a week, of focused time together.)

– Parents who prefer workbooks to hands-on activities. Our first grade curriculum does include three notebooks / workbooks, but they are not what you will find at the local school supply store. They were designed for open-ended exploration of subject matter, imaginative responses, and developmentally-appropriate reflection. You will not find endless pages of handwriting or drills here. (Our package includes Student Nature Notebook, Student Language Arts Notebook, and Student Science Notebook, all of which integrate with the parent guides.)

– Parents who want an online school experience for their child

– Parents who need a rigorous academic program for their first grade child

– Parents who need every supply, book, and material for their year included in their purchase (Our curriculum is designed to use a few basic art supplies, typical household items, and many books that can be found at a library or on amazon.com. Our curriculum does include the notebooks your child will use in conjunction with the parent guides. We recommend you print and bind them before beginning.)

See Samples Here:

First Grade Science: Wonders of the Earth & Sky

Click here to view sample of science curriculum

First Grade Nature Study: Wonders of the Earth & Sky

Click here to view sample of nature study curriculum

First Grade Language Arts: The Stories We Tell

Click here to view sample of the second edition language arts curriculum.

Click here to view sample of the first edition language arts curriculum

First Grade Integrated Arts: Exploring the Math in Art

Click here to view sample of art curriculum

** PLEASE NOTE: All of our products are delivered via digital download. We do not print or mail hard copies of any curriculum at this time. Due to the nature of digital downloads, we do not offer any returns, exchanges, or refunds on any of our products.**

Store Links:

Click here to see the Full First Grade Bundle in our store:

Click here to see the Science Bundle (Science and Nature Study) in our store:

Click here to see the listing for Science Only in our store:

Click here to see the listing for Nature Study Only in our store:

Click here to see the listing for Language Arts Only in our store:

Click here to see the listing for Art Only in our store:

Frequently Asked Questions:

1) How much time is required every week to complete this curriculum?

Most of our lessons can be divided up into about two hours of focused time together, five days a week. Our lessons are short, most of them around twenty to thirty minutes long. We want your child to have LOTS of time for free play and outside time, and believe they can have a rich learning experience without spending their entire day buried in worksheets.

2) How much preparation time will it require?

A typical week in our curriculum will require around half an hour (or less) to prepare for. We suggest looking at the book and supply lists in the parent guide as soon as possible, and collecting your materials before the school year begins. Books can be ordered online, found in used book stores, or borrowed from the library. Be sure to print and bind the student notebooks before beginning. You can also simply put them into a three-ring binder.

3) Does my child need to know how to read at all before beginning?

Your child should be familiar with blending simple CVC (consonant-vowel-consonant) words together, such as “cat” and “mat.” We do spend some time on reviewing these, but a familiarity with them with help when beginning this curriculum.

4) Can I read a sample first?

Yes you can! Scroll up this page to find samples of every piece of our first grade curriculum!

5) Should I add a more structured math program to this curriculum if I wish?

Yes, we highly recommend that you add a complete, sequential math program to our first grade curriculum. Wild Math is a wonderful, nature-based option that we feel integrates well with our curriculum. Right Start and Singapore are also wonderful options.

6) Can non-secular families use Blossom & Root curriculum?

Of course! You are free to add a favorite Bible study to our curriculum to make it work for your family. Blossom & Root was designed to make an early education that is rich in nature, the arts, and quality literature, accessible to ALL families.

7) Are there any refunds, returns, or exchanges?

Unfortunately, we cannot provide ANY refunds, returns, or exchanges. Due to the nature of a digital download, these options are NOT available. Please be certain of your decision before you purchase this curriculum. If you would like, you can visit https://blossomandroot.com for a FREE sample download to try before you buy. If you have any technical difficulties downloading your curriculum, please contact us immediately and we will help you.

8) How many weeks of lesson plans are there in this curriculum?

We provide 36 full weeks of lesson plans.

9) Where can I learn more about Blossom & Root?

You can visit us at https://blossomandroot.com or at any of our social media channels (Instagram and Facebook are the most frequently updated.) @blossomandroot

10) Who created this curriculum?

Kristina Garner, the voice of Blossom & Root, wrote the Early Years, Kindergarten, and First Grade curricula for parents looking for a home education for their child with an emphasis on nature, the arts, quality literature, and a hands-on approach to learning. She has a B.A. in theatre from the University of Colorado at Denver, is ECE teacher and director certified, and spent over 15 years working with children ages 2 1/2 to 13 in a variety of educational and outreach settings. She now homeschools her two young daughters and dedicates her time and energy to developing high-quality educational materials for homeschooling parents. Her passion for the arts and nature in education drives her to create the best possible curriculum and materials for early home education at an affordable price for homeschooling families.

Please note: We are not an umbrella school, charter, etc. and we do not submit any records whatsoever to the state for anyone. We simply provide homeschool curricula that can be downloaded and used to teach your children in your home. Parents are responsible for knowing, understanding, and following all requirements for homeschoolers in their state, regarding declaration of intent, attendance records, testing, portfolios, etc. Blossom and Root does not provide these services and is not responsible for ensuring that these requirements are met for your family.

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