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    Default First Grader - History questions, and Lit curriculum questions!

    (I'm totally procrastinating with my own schoolwork right now by researching this - but I'm autistic and it's a "special interest" right now )

    My son is in K now - homeschooling. We mostly do evan moor workbooks, phonics museum on the ipad,, and tons of books each week

    I need next year planned so I don't go crazy. I'm thinking as follows:

    -Lightning Literature 1 OR English Lessons through literature
    -Math Mammoth (he enjoys it and we started 1 already)
    -Explode the Code (if needed)
    -History/SS I'm completely stuck on! I was looking at the Global Village, or Build your Library, or Layers of Learning
    -Curiosity Chronicles on our free day
    -Science we are doing Building blocks of Science

    I love the idea of Global Village but I don't like that doesn't include coloring and worksheets like Build your Library or Layers of Learning does


    Lightning Lit or ELTL?? Both looks great and I really want something that does a good amount of reading each week and thinking (love the Lighting samples and that I can order all the books in one shot), is ELTL a book a week too?

    Global Village..... how is it? the sample is just not clear enough for me to really tell... I think it's more SS based with peace and eco stuff so I could do that and the curiousity chronicles as an overview maybe? I mean it's only first grade...

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    I only ever glanced at Global Village - if you search the archives, then you'll find one of the better reviews I've seen of it here in a previous thread on it from a few years back. I was personally not impressed - it was a repackager and they didn't really provide a lot of extra structure or anything for the extra you pay. But I never used it, so take that with a grain of salt.

    I don't consider either Hewitt or Barefoot Meandering to be truly secular. However, I know people tweak their stuff and are happy with it. I think I'd do Lightning just based on the book list alone, though it's not diverse enough by any stretch for my tastes, but at least it's not quite as old fashioned as ELTL's. However, ELTL has a really nice looking approach - when I've looked at them in the past, I liked the way they present the copywork, etc. a lot. So doing that coupled with some more recent picture book study, could be a good option.
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    I have used Global Village and I have discussed it a few other times on this site.

    GVS is unstructured. I purchased it primarily for the reading lists because I teach from a social & environmental justice POV. They frequently have suggestions that didn't show up anywhere else and I liked the suggestions. I have used the 1st-4th grade lists. While it is expensive, I found that they have a good resale value. It involves quite a bit of planning. It is not open and go. If you have more questions about it just ask.

    If you are interested in something more organized you might want to consider Build Your Library (but not all of the history books are secular. She only uses the secular sections of the books, but I find it problematic.) Or you can consider Moving Beyond the Page. They have very organized lessons too.
    A mama, who teaches college writing, as well as help her 10-year-old in
    choosing his own life adventure. Using Global Village School to support our desire to develop a sense of social justice and global awareness.
    I also share free and low-cost educational resources at

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    Are you currently using Explode the Code? Its a bit of a no-brainer if its working for you, for covering the “learn to read” aspect of language arts.

    If your kid is interested in history, go for it. My oldest is in 6th grade now, and has never been interested in any sort of a coherent tour through the history of the world. There is a reason its not taught in the public schools! I would pick topics that interest him, spend a couple weeks mummifying chickens, wearing togas, and practicing gladiator battles. Kids books on the subject generally focus on day to day life and interesting government, religious, or cultural aspects.

    See how this year goes, what you learn about your kid, before buying and committing to the next year’s worth of books. Once you buy something, its more likely that youre going to want to make it work, even if the fit isnt good.
    Homeschooling DS11, DS5.


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