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August 3rd, 2014, 02:47 PM
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I have a few questions for curriculum choices for my upcoming 1st grader. We followed a pretty loose Kindergarten schedule and I mostly found my own curriculum online for free.

I am in Texas and the requirements for curriculum are: bona fide (not a sham), visual, and include reading, spelling, grammar, mathematics, and good citizenship.

I believe this year I will go with Saxon math, Apologia for science, and Abeka My America My World for social studies.

Reading, Spelling, and Grammar are where I need a little help. I want to make sure I cover these subjects thoroughly, but I'm kind of confused on what my options are.

I was using a curriculum builder and I selected All About Spelling, Explode the Code, Wordly Wise, and Handwriting without Tears. Does this cover the three reading, spelling, and grammar? Plus handwriting is added also.

I'm not sure what each of these programs covers exactly and didn't find very much info on the websites. I was looking into the Horizons language arts complete curriculum and thought maybe I could use this in conjunction with AAS and Handwriting Without Tears and have everything covered as well?

What exactly are Wordly Wise and Explode the Code?

I feel really overwhelmed by it all right now, and I've reached out to a couple support groups in my area but with it being summer I have yet to hear back I suppose.

Any advice is much appreciated. Thank you!
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August 7th, 2014, 12:52 PM
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I have a few questions for curriculum choices for my upcoming 1st grader. We followed a pretty loose Kindergarten schedule and I mostly found my own curriculum online for free.

I am in Texas and the requirements for curriculum are: bona fide (not a sham), visual, and include reading, spelling, grammar, mathematics, and good citizenship.

I believe this year I will go with Saxon math, Apologia for science, and Abeka My America My World for social studies.

Reading, Spelling, and Grammar are where I need a little help. I want to make sure I cover these subjects thoroughly, but I'm kind of confused on what my options are.

I was using a curriculum builder and I selected All About Spelling, Explode the Code, Wordly Wise, and Handwriting without Tears. Does this cover the three reading, spelling, and grammar? Plus handwriting is added also.

I'm not sure what each of these programs covers exactly and didn't find very much info on the websites. I was looking into the Horizons language arts complete curriculum and thought maybe I could use this in conjunction with AAS and Handwriting Without Tears and have everything covered as well?

What exactly are Wordly Wise and Explode the Code?


I feel really overwhelmed by it all right now, and I've reached out to a couple support groups in my area but with it being summer I have yet to hear back I suppose.

Any advice is much appreciated. Thank you!


On the bold stuff. Explode the code is phonics , worldly wise is vocabulary. For a fist grader it is more than enough. I personally don't do vocabulary at that age. Weare using horizons phonics, spelling workout, comprehension plus, and a reason for handwriting for my first grader. We don't start grammar until second grade and we use daily grams, Until 4th grade then we do Saxon Grammar and Writing.
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August 7th, 2014, 09:12 PM
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My little guy loves ETC so we're doing it again this year even though I'm kind of "Meh" about it and I also want him to do his big brother's outgrown phonics readers that I LOVE and have used successfully with the kids I tutored as well as my own.

They aren't in print any more, so you could just use easy readers from the library instead.

I'm not doing a separate spelling program this year because ETC and answering all of his questions should cover that but if it doesn't or for next year I want this:

Robot Check.

I used Wordly Wise with my olders and have fond memories of it, but I don't think we started as early as first grade. I asked my 22 year old if he remembered it and he said he didn't, so I don't think I'll spend the money this time around. We used it for YEARS!

HOWEVER, you have the the little besides the first grader, Jenn, so you probably need something he can do on his own that isn't a screen. I'd just be cautious about making sure that his pencil grip is correct and not rushing him too much, which will be easy enough if you're doing HWT as the author intended and not just handing it off to him while you're busy doing something else.

BTDT bought the T shirt and had to correct a 9 year old's pencil grip, so that's a cautionary tale, not a condescending comment.

We're doing Mad Libs for grammar but did you just say that Saxon has a grammar program now, Amber???? Inquiring curriculum junkie minds want to know.

I was under the impression that Texas has always been an exceptionally easy state for homeschooling, but I guess laws can change and I need to do some homework myself.
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August 8th, 2014, 10:42 AM
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On the bold stuff. Explode the code is phonics , worldly wise is vocabulary. For a fist grader it is more than enough. I personally don't do vocabulary at that age. Weare using horizons phonics, spelling workout, comprehension plus, and a reason for handwriting for my first grader. We don't start grammar until second grade and we use daily grams, Until 4th grade then we do Saxon Grammar and Writing.
Thank you! I was worried I was going to try to pile too much on if I wasn't careful. I really think I will go with Horizons phonics and then do simple spelling, and handwriting. I would like to try All About Spelling, but some of these programs can really add up money-wise and I'm not in a position to do that right now.

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My little guy loves ETC so we're doing it again this year even though I'm kind of "Meh" about it and I also want him to do his big brother's outgrown phonics readers that I LOVE and have used successfully with the kids I tutored as well as my own.

They aren't in print any more, so you could just use easy readers from the library instead.

I'm not doing a separate spelling program this year because ETC and answering all of his questions should cover that but if it doesn't or for next year I want this:

Robot Check.

I used Wordly Wise with my olders and have fond memories of it, but I don't think we started as early as first grade. I asked my 22 year old if he remembered it and he said he didn't, so I don't think I'll spend the money this time around. We used it for YEARS!

HOWEVER, you have the the little besides the first grader, Jenn, so you probably need something he can do on his own that isn't a screen. I'd just be cautious about making sure that his pencil grip is correct and not rushing him too much, which will be easy enough if you're doing HWT as the author intended and not just handing it off to him while you're busy doing something else.

BTDT bought the T shirt and had to correct a 9 year old's pencil grip, so that's a cautionary tale, not a condescending comment.

We're doing Mad Libs for grammar but did you just say that Saxon has a grammar program now, Amber???? Inquiring curriculum junkie minds want to know.

I was under the impression that Texas has always been an exceptionally easy state for homeschooling, but I guess laws can change and I need to do some homework myself.
Thank you! I definitely take advantage of the library for TONS of readers, and right now my soon-to-be first grader is reading at a 3rd grade level according to all the assessments I've done with him. He still needs some help in spelling, but even his math is above his "grade level". After looking at Saxon math and doing some sample lessons I might just go with Horizons for the math also along with the phonics.

I feel like if I get the Horizon phonics and math kits then I can go with something simple for spelling and handwriting instead of tapping myself out financially.

It is going to be quite difficult teaching first grade while also doing pre-k work with my 4 yr old and taking care of my 7 month old.

I believe Texas has the least requirements out of other states for homeschooling, but those were the laws I found on the state website. I know I don't have to notify anyone or send in annual records at least.

We will see how it goes. Thank you for your advice!
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