I received a free copy of Pearson’s 1st Grade Phonics Homeschool Textbook and was compensated for my time. For more information please read my full disclosure.
When I first started teaching my daughter around age 3 I had no intention of homeschooling. She just loved learning, reading, and playing, so I went for it and tried to teach her as much as time would allow. As I saw the amazing amount of information she could take in and get excited about, I knew that this was something I wanted to do for her long-term.
Now Audrey is in 1st grade, but it is a little tricky. She is way ahead in math (probably 2nd grade level) and a little bit ahead in reading and writing. So I didn’t know how she would do with 1st grade Pearson Homeschool Phonics, but I was pleasantly surprised.
Pearson Homeschool Phonics
We received the Pearson Homeschool Plaid Phonics Level B. It comes with a Teacher Resource Guide and a workbook. The curriculum is divided into 7 units that cover specific sounds and spelling skills.
Since I have been teaching Audrey reading for quite some time, I was able to look through the teacher resource guide and see what units my daughter could skip. If you’re not sure what level your child is, there are pretests and post tests for each unit.
I saw the skills in unit 1 and knew that would be too easy for Audrey. Unit 2 looked like it was a great place to start because the majority of it would not be hard for her, but there were just a few sounds and skills she needed more practice on. By picking a unit level that wasn’t challenging at first, I know Audrey would be encouraged and confident while limiting frustration.
We really like to do project based and themed learning so I fit this curriculum into our homeschool style. Instead of doing every page of the workbook, we skipped pages and made the curriculum work with our routine. I was surprised how much Audrey liked the spelling activities and writing prompts. It also made a great quiet time activity for her when she was bored or when I needed to help my other children with their work.
If you’re looking for a curriculum that shows you step by step how to go through each lesson and provides reinforcement activities, this would be a perfect match. With activity ideas and themes, this 1st grade phonics textbook is the full package.
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* Pearson Homeschool products currently being reviewed, discussed here, and sold on www.PearsonHomeschool.com are not updated with the new Common Core standards and are copyright editions prior to the implementation of this law.