Timberdoodle's First-Grade Handbook
This guide helps you know which books to use when and how to schedule your school year. A weekly schedule is included to give you enough structure to make sure your child doesn't miss anything, without the stress of an overly specific plan that leaves no room for the give and take of real life.
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Phonics Pathways is a complete, effective phonics program with a simple layout which leads to steady progress. Phonics Pathways is logically laid out with virtually no teacher preparation involved. In a mere ten to fifteen minutes a day, usually one or two pages, your child will be reading before you know it. By the end of the year, your child will have a comprehensive grasp of phonics, setting him up for literary success.
Language Smarts B
It doesn't look like schoolwork, but it is! Featuring rhymes and riddles, editing activities, mind-benders, sequencing, and folk tales, Language Smarts is a core standards-based language arts curriculum with a whole host of child-pleasing activities. Each Language Smarts page is brightly colored with plenty of white space to feel easily doable. Language arts has never looked so fun!
Daily 6-Trait Writing Grade 1
When he is ready, you will begin Daily Traits to introduce him to the basics of writing. The short daily assignments are designed to build skills without overwhelming him. Not ready for writing yet? Don't worry -- put it aside to use over the summer. Not only will he learn beginning writing skills, but he'll also have a summer activity to keep his mind sharp!
Spelling You See Level B
We really love this new multisensory spelling program and are convinced it will help your child become a confident, successful speller, naturally and at his own speed. Each daily lesson in Spelling You See uses real words presented in context within poems or informational passages. Instructors handbooks are relatively small but packed with valuable information that will show how simple this program is and how comfortably it will fit into your daily life. Also included are answer keys and dictation material that is essential for each level. Unsure where to start your child? Click here to download an easy pdf guide
We wish we'd had A Reason for Handwriting while growing up. With each ten- to fifteen-minute daily lesson built around Bible verses, content is not only instructional, but also inspirational. Plus, at the end of each week, your children will be given the opportunity to apply excellence to their work as they copy their verse of the week onto their choice of "Scripture Border Sheets." Done with care, these completed sheets are worthy of sharing with friends and family.
Mathematical Reasoning B
Math doesn't need to be tedious, and Mathematical Reasoning proves that with its bright pages, interesting story problems, and critical-thinking-based approach. Concepts spiral gradually, so that children do not forget as they go, and are written to the standards of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.
MiniLUK Set A
Thinking skills will be vital to your child's academic success, yet not all first graders thrive on workbooks only. MiniLuk uses sturdy tiles and colorful workbooks, resulting in an engaging, hands-on, game-like way to teach the thinking skills previously only taught with pencil in hand. Your Basic First-Grade Curriculum includes the miniLUK Starter Pack, the Visual Perception Pack 1 and Pack 2, and the Critical Thinking Pack.
What's New What's Missing
Children love to learn and love to create. What's New? What's Missing? What's Different? combines those two delights into one sure-to-please workbook for early learners.
Daily Geography 1
Basic geography is essential, but done in large, infrequent doses it can become tedious or, worse yet, too quickly forgotten. Daily Geography uses a short daily lesson approach that avoids both pitfalls.
Tick Tock Readers 1
What are we looking for in beginning readers? They must be phonics-based, the storyline needs to be worth the effort, and of course outstanding illustrations that engage a child are a lovely bonus. Tick Tock I Love Reading Set B does that and more. We've compiled a set for your first grader that is just right.
2015 First Grade Complete
Pathway Readers 1
By the end of the year, your student will love diving into these readers. Designed to be used in Amish classrooms, these basal readers are solidly wholesome, with none of the fantasy that is commonplace in both Christian and secular readers. Because the Amish don't use electricity, you won't find stories dealing with the latest in films, computers, or TVs. Instead, the stories are centered on farm life, with horse auctions, harvests, and LARGE families. With simple typesetting and a few black-and-white sketches, these hardback books are not splashy, but are lovely in their simplicity.
Cuisenaire Rods + Rod Track
It is hard to beat Cuisenaire Rods as a manipulative. Used for demonstrating everything from simple addition and subtraction to fractions and area, the introductory set of plastic rods contains seventy-four rods, a tray with a lid, and an activity guide. We also include a handy rod track--a nifty little tool that looks like a 30 centimeter ruler with a 1 centimeter groove down its center. It is particularly helpful for early practice of addition and subtraction.
Don't leave their brains half-baked! With Smart Cookies your child will be learning to think logically as he devours 64 brain-building puzzles offered up in a yummy cookie format.
Plus Plus 1200
Hand your child a couple of pieces and he will intuitively begin to create. Plus Plus' identical, simple shapes with their slight rubbery texture glide smoothly together with very little pressure. And they stay together! Plus Plus pieces grip without slipping and come apart without effort. Plus Plus encourages children to think creatively about color, design, and structure and is a painless way to develop fine-motor skills and hand-eye coordination. Beginners will create flat patterns with Plus Plus but older children will want to try their hand at the more difficult 3-D structures.
Exploring Creation with Astronomy
A colorful, conversational approach to science, Exploring Creation with Astronomy is also very easy to teach. This program uses a notebook-based approach, meaning that as you go through the course your child will be asked to write, draw, or dictate the results of his experiments into a notebook. Not only will this help him retain what he learns, but at the end of the year you will have a lovely record of his work! The hands-on experiments sprinkled throughout the book are sure to be a highlight for both of you. Your Complete Curriculum includes the Exploring Creation with Astronomy hardbound textbook and a Junior Notebooking Journal. One note: Don't feel you need to fill in every spot in the notebook; pick and choose what your time and your child's interest allows!
The Story of the World 1
History is a story -- isn't it time you read it that way? The Story of the World is a captivating read-aloud series which will introduce your children to the marvelous history of the world presented chronologically from the beginning of time. The details of battles, kingdoms, cultures, and customs from every continent and major people group are woven together into a story that children will find mesmerizing. With short chapters, many less than seven pages, The Story of the World presents history in small, easily-digestible chunks. Of particular appeal to children will be the occasional story about a hypothetical child in the culture of that time and fictional stories that were popular during that time. In your Complete Curriculum we include both the reader and the student activity book for Volume 1, covering Ancient Times (5000 BC - 400 AD).
Big Sketchy Doodle Book
Draw your own wild adventure with My Big Sketchy Doodle Book: In the Jungle. Encourage your child's creative side as he colors, draws, solves mazes, and connects dots in this animal-filled book. Lots of variety, lots of fun - perfect for a beginning doodler.
When one of our children was a preschooler, we received the best advice a parent of a kinesthetic child could receive: Let her wiggle. And wiggle she did. I don't think she sat for schoolwork for many years. Thinking Putty offers your child a way to move without becoming a distraction. An impressive, adult-sized handful of high-quality, moldable putty, the non-toxic, non-gooey Thinking Putty will bounce, stretch, tear, drip, snap, even shatter. Finally, your little wiggler will be able to sit and listen!
Spectrum Test Practice 1
Spectrum Test Practice offers a comprehensive and sequential way to practice the content areas offered on numerous standardized tests, plus access to online state-specific test practice. The up-to-date content reflects national standards and includes practice tests in reading, language arts, and math.
Gourmet Scented Smencil
Smencils (Scented Pencils) are made from 100% recycled newspapers; you can even see the layers of recycled newspaper when you sharpen them! Individually packed in their own freshness tubes (made of corn-based biodegradable plastic), guaranteed to keep the delicious aromas fresh for two years. (One Smencil included with each Complete Curriculum.)
To help solidify your child's grasp of basic addition and subtraction facts, we include Wrap-Ups Addition and Wrap-Ups Subtraction for hands-on drillwork. Your child simply wraps the string from the problem to the answer, then moves on to the next problem. Once he's completed the board, he can flip it over and check his answers. If the string lines up with the ridges on the back of the board, he's gotten them all correct.
World Scrunch Map
Wall maps are great, unless you want access to them in another room. Portable maps are convenient, until you need to put them away and face the complex origami of the traditional map. Now you have both convenience and portability with a ScrunchMap. Is there any easier way to fold a map than to scrunch it up into a ball and stuff it in a fist-sized bag? Printed on water and tear-resistant material, ScrunchMaps are as kid-proof as you can get. So take your ScrunchMap out to the tree house, down to the beach, up the mountain, and across the country; this map is designed to be a workhorse.
Aquarellum Junior Owls Set
Aquarellum kindles the imagination, requires concentration, and makes learning to paint easy, relaxing, and rewarding. Each of the Aquarellum painting sets comes with high-quality, washable liquid watercolor paints; two droppers; palette; a quality paintbrush; plus a color mixing guide.
Draw Patterns with Barroux Kit
Pattern recognition is an important developmental skill necessary for mathematical cognition and problem-solving. From simple patterns to more complex, this activity book offers a hands-on way to recognize, copy, and create patterns and will surely have an impact on your childs own personal drawings.
The Usborne Very Big Maze Book
Providing necessary practice for the legible writing of letters and numbers, Very Big Maze Book also helps your child acquire the ability to reason, interpret, understand, and concentrate. These skills are some of the bedrock essentials for later academics.
TOON Books Set 1st Grade
Combine original stories, stunning artwork, and quality printing and you have Toon Books. These Toon Books are comics, complete with panels and word balloons, which capture young readers imaginations and make them want to read.
A Little Adventure in the Woods
More than a lacing activity, A Little Adventure in the Woods encourages dexterity and inspires the imagination. Rich and varied illustrations result in button pictures worthy of display. A Little Adventure in the Woods comes with a step-by-step picture instruction booklet, four perforated card scenes, 40 buttons, thread, a threader, and a round-tipped needle.
MiniLUK Set B
The miniLUK Brain Training series is similar to the bambinoLuk but is designed for an older child. Its controller board has twelve tiles in a high-quality plastic case with a transparent lid. These tiles are numbered from "1" to "12" and the activities are much more challenging. When children finish each exercise, they can check to see if the unique symmetric pattern on the back of the controller matches the one on the page.
Famous Figures of Ancient Times
While you read historical accounts aloud, your avid artist can color in the detailed figures of twenty people who shaped history, such as Julius Caesar, Alexander the Great, Hannibal and his elephant, and others. A hole-punch and common fasteners allow their arms and legs to move and their swords and shields to flash.
Robotis Monkey Kit
Now even children with emerging fine-motor skills can experience the excitement of building their own robots with Robotis Monkey Kit. Modeled after the smaller, more advanced Dream series, but with larger chunky pieces, the easy entry level robotics kit Robotis Monkey Kit introduces your children to the fundamentals of simple automation.
Story of the World Volume 1 Audio
Unabridged for listening to on long car trips, while working around the house, or just for added convenience on any school day! This spirited reading of The Story of the World Volume 1 brings to life the stories and records of the people of Ancient Times.