( Grade 1 – Age 6-8 )
Enter the world of Ancient history – where pharaohs ruled Egypt and built great pyramids, Spartan warriors fought against the might of Persia and Roman gladiators fought for their lives in the arena. You and your child will begin an epic adventure through world history using Story of the World as your travel guide. You will also learn about the vast mythology that ancient civilizations created to explain their world.
Snuggle up on the couch and enjoy great literature that your whole family will enjoy. Follow the adventures of a heroic mouse in The Tale of Despereaux, explore an extraordinary chocolate factory in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and find out what true friendship really means in Charlotte’s Web. Along with great literature you and your child will also enjoy weekly poetry readings from the National Geographic Book of Nature Poetry.
The science focus this year is nature study, using The Nature Connection and Natural World: A Visual Compendium of Wonders from Nature as your spines. You and your child will become keen observers as you keep a nature journal and study the world that exists in your own backyard.
Using The Art Book for Children series your child will learn about a wide range of artists and art techniques as well as how to really look at and understand a piece of art.
My lesson plans guide you through the school year effortlessly. Your planning is done for you so that you can spend your time on the important things, like teaching your children.
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The Story of the World: History for the Classical Child: Volume 1: Ancient Times: From the Earliest Nomads to the Last Roman Emperor, Revised Edition (Spine)
The Usborne Internet-Linked Encyclopedia of World History (Spine)
Archaeologists Dig for Clues (Let’s-Read-and-Find-Out Science 2)
The 5,000-Year-Old Puzzle: Solving a Mystery of Ancient Egypt
What’s Your Angle, Pythagoras?
Pompeii…Buried Alive! (Step into Reading)
The Great Wall Of China (Aladdin Picture Books)
Cleopatra (Time-Traveling Twins)
World Mythology for Children (spine)
The Tale of Despereaux: Being the Story of a Mouse, a Princess, Some Soup and a Spool of Thread
26 Fairmount Avenue (Newbery Honor Book, 2000)
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Egyptian Diary: The Journal of Nakht (Diary Histories)
Poppy (The Poppy Stories)
Tales from the Odyssey, Part 1 (Trade Bind-up)
Tales from the Odyssey, Part 2
The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles 30th Anniversary Edition
The House at Pooh Corner (Pooh Original Edition)
Charlotte’s Web (Trophy Newbery)
The Thieves of Ostia (The Roman Mysteries) OR Roman Diary: The Journal of Iliona, A Young Slave
The Nature Connection: An Outdoor Workbook for Kids, Families, and Classrooms (Spine)
Natural World: A Visual Compendium of Wonders from Nature (Spine)
Heroes of the Environment: True Stories of People Who Are Helping to Protect Our Planet (Spine)
One Small Square: Woods
The Peregrine’s Journey: A Story of Migration
The Tarantula in My Purse: and 172 Other Wild Pets
Mama Miti: Wangari Maathai and the Trees of Kenya
One Beetle Too Many: The Extraordinary Adventures of Charles Darwin
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I just wanted to say we are on our fourth week of the first grade curriculum and we have enjoyed it so much (I so wish I would have known about your curriculum at the beginning of this year). The books are so great. I haven’t had a chance to read a book of my own in a few years but these books are just as intriguing to me as they are for my kids. I already bought the second grade curriculum and will be collecting the books slowly but surely. Thanks so much! ~ Robbi (from the Build Your Library Facebook page)
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