Starting the homeschooling journey and figuring out what materials and resources were best for my kids was so difficult. While I'm grateful there's so much out there, it was also so overwhelming to find the right tools to best teach our son.
It's not much, but I've laid out what we're using to homeschool/worldschool our six year old who is in first grade.
The Reading Lesson: Teach Your Child to Read in 20 Easy Lessons
I bought this on a whim. Zay showed interest in reading so I just looked through Amazon and this one spoke to me. We've loved it so far and I think the lessons are great and we can go at whatever speed feels right. I'm kind of blown away at how fast he's picked it up and how much he's learned going through this book--which is what I read in reviews and why I decided to get this one.
Teaching Your Child How to Read in 100 Easy Lessons
This is a resource that we never used, but I wanted to put it on here as an option because I know so many homeschooling/worldschooling families that have used this and loved it.
We used to do Bob's Books, and I think they're great and I know a lot of kids who love them. Zay became disinterested in them, so we moved on to something else to practice reading with. However, I think they are great and funny stories for a beginner reader, so I wanted to add it to the list because your child might love them.
The Dog Man series
Holy moly. If anything encouraged our son to read, it was this series. He's obsessed and just sits looking at these books, trying to read them. The books talk are heavy with the bathroom talk, so be prepared!
Sight Words Flashcards
These are great cards that you can make games out of or just practice here and there. They come in small packs and offer different suggestions on how to use them.
Handwriting Without Tears
We have books for both our 3 year old and our 6 year old. They are great practice for writing and have fun activities to help fine motor skills and penmanship.
Pass the Pigs
All our math lessons at such a young age are all games. Pass the Pigs is great because it's so small and compact, so it's easy to travel with, and fun to count up points and learn some strategy.
A game to hone your child's observational skills and also fun for the whole family!
This is an app that our son loves. It teaches him the beginning stages of coding, and also problem solving skills. You can sign up for a free trial here.
Our six year old has outgrown this, but Homer has been a great resource for our 3 year old to start learning and writing letters and numbers. It's personalized for her age level and there's endless activities for her. This is a nice resource to have when we're focused on a lesson with our 6 year old.
You can try it for free by clicking here!
Fairytale Spinner Game
This game we originally bought for our 3 year old. It was difficult to find a game that the whole family could play, and it was hard for her to follow along with other games, so we got this for ages 3+. While it's a great game for the whole family to play, its wonderful for our 6 year old as well because it promotes storytelling and creativity. I highly recommend for families with younger kids.
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