What Course Program Should I Choose & When Can I Start?
Full Year Option
Our full program is 32 weeks of work split into 4 terms. It can be started at any time.
If you wish to begin mid-term or mid-year you can still pick up the course from Term One – Week One or another term. However, starting the course at a different week other than week one, will mean your reading schedule may need to be adjusted initially.
Lite Start Option
The Lite Start program is 6 months of work. It can be started at any time. We generally recommend our Lite Start courses for:
- students starting mid-year, or for families who only want half a year of work.
- DIY families preparing their own curriculum who want additional teaching material to supplement work at a grade level.
- students who are repeating a grade.
Unlike the Full Year Option, our Lite Start Courses only meet part of the Australian Curriculum & NSW syllabus requirements for the corresponding grade.
- Upgrade to full version available at an additional cost of $330.
Year 1 Homeschool Curriculum Summary
This year we guide and give you the resources you need, so you can cover all those subjects you want to enjoy, from English and Maths to Geography and History, Science and Nature Study, Technologies and Creative Arts, and fantastic ways to enjoy Physical Education and Health too. With afternoons free for your own activities and interests, this is a wonderful way to enjoy learning in a natural home setting.
Due to their importance as building blocks for future knowledge, phonics, reading, and numeracy instruction take centre stage in this early stage of your child’s education.
Primary Language Lessons teaches writing skills, grammar, and punctuation skills. Building Literacy teaches phonics, spelling and decoding words. Delightful copywork is used for handwriting lessons. Our wide variety of poetry, picture books, fiction, and non-fiction across the curriculum gives children an opportunity to develop their vocabulary.
Comprehension lessons are done using narration and conversation. Children are encouraged to explain what they are seeing as a pre-writing skill. Reading together is still required as they continue to develop their reading skills at an individual pace.
Hands-on lessons use ordinary settings to teach number, order, sequence, pattern, and location. Teaching mathematical symbols, maths words, and simple strategies for asking and solving fundamental mathematical questions in addition, subtraction, groups, and fractions are also part of our First Maths Lessons. We also provide Living Maths Books that inspire math amazement.
Year 1 Humanities
Your child will study Australian and World History in Year One. Our Travels and Treasured Objects resource, based on gorgeous Living Books, will teach them the value of objects. Australian Stories reads heart warming and quirky living picture books to your child.
In Geography your child will we use living books and a few local field trips not only examines their own neighbourhood but also it also looks at neighbourhoods around the world. We also explore Songlines and their importance to indigenous cultures in Australia and other countries.
Science & Nature, Technology & Design
We study chemistry and physics, including some simple experiments to do at home to understand the scientific process. Using a literature-based unit study we also examine building materials across the world. Relevant information is provided through our resources and websites.
Four themes for Nature Study are offered, including coastal environments, seasonal change, weeds and Australian flora.
At My Homeschool we provide a portion of your creative arts curriculum with our:
- Art Appreciation Course
- Music Appreciation Course
- Handicraft Course
Personal Development. Health and Physical Education (PDHPE)
Choose from our extensive online Physical Education resources to keep your child active. We also provide you with a list of age-appropriate conversation topics to cover for health and personal development.
Simple Language appreciation resources are provided but you will need to purchase additional resources if you wish to focus on teaching a specific language. We give guidance and recommendations on this. Please Note: Languages are not included in the Lite Start Courses.
Extension Work & Global Goodies
Additional materials are available to enhance your child’s lessons or replace some Australian content. This is only included in the Full Year Courses. So, if you are looking for a global approach to education then please consider the Full Year Course rather than the Lite Start Course.
Homeschooling the Early Years
When I first met Rachel she was miserable. Homeschooling was nothing like she’d hoped it would be. Her kids just weren’t interested in learning. She wasn’t sure what she was doing wrong. After all, she was following everything it said to do in the expensive curriculum she’d bought.
She was thinking that maybe she should just send her kids to school instead but first she reached out to me for some help. We’d met a few times and she knew we homeschooled too.
So, I invited Rachel and her children to come over and join in our homeschool morning.
Welcoming them into our home, they saw wooden blocks for play, noticed the bookshelves and baskets of books, appreciated the artwork on walls, and the various projects my children were working on. Her youngest child spied the watercolour paints and brushes set up in the corner with a big grin.
It was nothing like her school room at home. It just had desks and chairs in one room and the times tables poster on the wall.
We enjoyed Family Morning Time together. Sipping tea and eating pastries, we read books together, practiced maths concepts, enjoyed a Picture Study, and recited some snippets of poetry too. It was just another morning for us, but for Rachel it was a gamechanger.
Through tears she shared how she’d been worried that she didn’t know what to teach or how to teach. But the curriculum she’d bought was boring. It had none of the beauty and goodness she desired for her homeschool. She could see how different our two homeschools looked and she knew which one she wanted.
How Did I Do It?
When we stared homeschooling I worked out a way to cover all the content I needed to teach in each grade but how to do that in a beautiful and engaging way. I wanted our homeschool to have all the rigor of a good education but for it to usher in goodness and beauty too.
Just as Rachel saw how beautiful homeschooling this way can be, you can too.
The My Homeschool Year One course is your opportunity to come and see just how wonderful homeschooling can be. You receive all the materials you would expect to teach the core subjects, but you also learn how to homeschool well and with confidence.
We show you how to have the homeschool you’ve always wanted.
Story by Jo Lloyd, My Homeschool Year One Course Creator
I love the lay out of week by week checklists. We’ve really enjoyed Y1 History which I combined with my Y1 and Y4. We have liked the complementary books recommended.
My children are enjoying the CM method, less textbook and more creative and enjoyable learning. They have something they’ve personally made or journaled to show for their work instead of a dull textbook page. I have tried to incorporate the CM method in the past but this program is the helping hand I need to implement it.
We are enjoying the Primary Language Lessons. I have printed the Weekly Checklists and subjects and have them spiral bound for each year. This has been great to have it all together and I can go through and highlight the lessons before we do them.
It has definitely made me feel more organised (I just need to train the kids better, but I do feel it is slowly happening). I really like that I can trust that the book recommendations will be all "good" and I don't need to lose time chasing reviews etc...Overall I am finding it very adaptable, and I like the prompts for end of term reviews (that's one thing I just never got to before).
I just thought I would drop you a line to let you know that I have successfully registered using My Homeschool and the AP moderator had lots of nice things to say about it. You are doing a great job and it took all the registration stress away. It was so easy. Thank you so much!
My Homeschool has been the perfect fit for our family. It has provided the "hand-holding" I needed as a new homeschooler while still being flexible enough to be workable in everyday life.
It took the stress out of writing the application for exemption to homeschool as everything was laid out for me, and we were granted 18 months exemption.
I love that it uses a relaxed CM style, can be taught from a Christian worldview and is Australian. The weekly plans are not overly prescriptive so can easily be implemented according to the child's individual interests and pace of learning and whatever else is happening in our week.
We got the 'go ahead' for our first year of homeschooling from the Assessor today and he said that he gave us a full year to start us off because he was, and I quote, "Very impressed with the level of detail" I was able to provide him with and that is thanks to My Homeschool!!
I love the weekly schedule so much; Jo - I know they will make the organisational side of my week much less of a task.
We really enjoy your homeschool program. It is really helpful and practical for us.
We found out about your program from the Internet. And your home school program makes us feel like we have a personal operator. That is why we choose it.
Many thanks & regards,