How to build elementary homeschool curriculum directly from Amazon is easier than you think.
Whether you’ve homeschooled from the beginning or suddenly have been thrown into homeschooling, you’ll love the flexibility of being able to choose from Amazon.
I love supporting vendors who sell homeschool curriculum, but in person conventions did not happen everywhere this year because of the pandemic.
Having an option to build your elementary homeschool curriculum is vital and I made this easy for you by creating lists in my Amazon store.
Also, I have options for middle and high school. Click here for How to Build High School Curriculum Directly From Amazon and here for How to Build Middle School Curriculum Directly From Amazon.
Elementary Homeschool Curriculum Directly From Amazon
First, the essential subjects that you want to teach in the elementary years are language arts, math, history and science.
Of course this doesn’t mean these are the only ones, but those four are the basis for a solid foundation.
Too, in the elementary years one-to-one tutoring does not take as long as the academic load that homeschooled kids in the upper grades carry. While it’s true a younger child may need more breaks, the workload is still pretty flexible in the elementary years and you have time to add other subjects for enrichment.
Now that you understand the 4 BIG ones as I call them, you also need to know how to break down language arts components.
Here are the components of language arts and based on your child’s age, ability, or level, you need to decide which ones he will need to do.
- Reading. This includes reading aloud.
- Phonics. Normally you want to do this until about 4th grade.
- Spelling. Phonics is the precursor to spelling. Don’t be so quick to teach formal spelling because a child needs input first which phonics does.
- Penmanship (no this is not composition). This is just what it means, learning how to write. It’s done in the early grades.
- Composition comes after penmanship and it is about teaching a child how to compose his thoughts.
- Grammar. Normally you start this in the second or third grade.
Language Arts Curriculum from Amazon
Keep in mind the subjects you cover in the elementary grades are just a rule of thumb.
Because kids can be all over the place on levels, I am giving you the big picture so you know how to choose.
It’s worrisome to not know which subjects to introduce and when to introduce them. I want you to be in the know.
So look at the subjects below based on grade level.
- If your child is at grades 1 or 2, you want to choose a reading program, a phonics program, and a writing program.
- If you child is at grades 3 to 4, you want to choose a reading program, a phonics program, a spelling program, a writing program or composition program and a grammar program.
- If your child is at grades 5 to 6, you want to choose a reading program, a composition program, a spelling program, and a grammar program.
- Science and history can be as easy as reading a book in the earlier grades and then progress to taking more time like from 3rd grade on.
Also, to be sure you’ve covered the bases for subjects, use my checklist for curriculum resources below
Additionally, I have this super helpful post How to Know What A Homeschooled Child Should Learn Yearly.
Now, look at lists I’ve created for you to give you choices on the different variety of curriculum.
By using the guideline above where I explain what to choose in each grade, you’ll be sure you won’t miss any vital curriculum for a grade.
- Click here for the Elementary – Writing (Penmanship OR Composition) List.
- Look at this Elementary – Reading List to get you started. Pick a few books along with what your child is reading for history and science and you have an excellent reading program.
Homeschool History and Science from Amazon
In addition, history and science are considered core subjects in some states.
After you add the Big Four core subjects, you can add other subjects. By starting with the Big Four, you know that you have the essentials covered.
If you have many learners under the age of 7 or 8, then covering the Big Four for the day is solid. As your little ones get older and as you have time, you can add other subjects which interest your kids.
Sometimes lesson plans can be too lofty for the elementary ages, but remember play is still a huge part of the learning day too. There is no need to fill your day with too many subjects.
The Big Four subjects a.k.a. language arts, math, science and history are the same ones all the way to High School. There is a lot of years to cover those subjects so include plenty of hands-on activities too.
Elementary Homeschool Curriculum
Look at these other tips I have for you:
- How to Build Middle School Curriculum Directly From Amazon
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- 6 Boy Approved Books Which Spark the Love of Reading
- 6 Tricks for the Kid That’s NOT in Love with Reading!
- How To Get Your First Homeschooled Child Reading
- 10 Fun Things You Can Teach Using Geronimo Stilton Books
- Homeschool Colorful Reading Journal to Motivate Kids
- 3 Ways to Choose the BEST Writing Curriculum (for a Growing Homeschool Family)
The beauty of choosing curriculum directly from Amazon is that you not only can meet your kids’ needs, but also meet state guidelines if you have them.
You’re off to a great start this year!
Hugs and love ya,