Planning to homeschool? Our plan for the first years.

planning to homeschool?

Our homeschool journey started with our need to help our son with autism, you can read more about the start of this journey in other posts, like this one. First, I want to share with you the main topics we wanted to cover in our first years of homeschooling. Second, I’ll be sharing what resources have we used during the years.

While we have been working on each one of them, we were looking for the following:

  • Does he know this already?
  • Can he generalize his knowledge?
  • How can we help him to be more independent?
  • If he can’t complete a task yet, what other skills we need to work on?

Make it your own

Remember, that every kid is different, they all have their own strengths and challenges to face. While you look at this list and start to come up with your own plan, explore how can you can incorporate how your child learns. For example, my son loves food, so we use snacks for our math lessons.

It has been a few years now, since we made this list. We are done with some topics because we feel he has mastered them, others we’re still working on. One of the benefits of homeschooling is that we can take our time and adjust our plans as needed. Don’t forget that and take advantage of it.

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Our Homeschool Teaching Plan

Life Skills
  • Cut and Paste
  • First Name
  • Last Name
  • Address
  • Phone Number
  • Birthday / Age
  • Safety: Walking Outside, Crossing Streets, Strangers
  • Hygiene (Brush Teeth, Potty, Shower, Dressing)
  • House Chores: dressing, make the bed, hang clothes, laundry, dusting
  • Emotions and Feelings
  • Manners
  • Identify and Write Letters
  • Beginning letters or sounds of words
  • Upper and lowercase letters
  • Alphabet Order
  • Following Directions to answer questions
  • Size Sort
    • Large / Small
    • Long / Short
  • Positions
    • Top / Middle / Bottom
    • In / Out
    • Above / below
    • Left / Right
  • Sequencing: first, second, third
  • Classifying: what belongs together
  • Comparing: Same / Different
  • Colors
    • Identify
    • Learn the word
  • Opposites
  • Action Words
  • Describing Words
  • Identify number and word (0 to 10)
  • Write number and word (0 to 10)
  • Number Sense:
    • Counting
    • Match number to items, items to number
    • Identifying groups
  • Order of number, missing numbers
  • Shapes:
    • Identify
    • Trace
    • Write word
  • Identify Patterns
  • Identify number and word (11 to 20)
  • Write number and word (11 to 20)
  • Skip Counting
  • Time: Clock
  • Money: identify coins and dollars
  • Addition and Subtraction
Community and Social
  • Calendar
    • Days of the week
    • Months
    • Identify and Write
  • Clothes
  • Explore community places
  • Family Members
  • Holidays
  • Transportation
  • Community Workers and Tools
  • Daily Routines
  • Wants / Needs
  • Living and Non-living
  • Body Parts
  • Senses
  • What to eat: food groups
  • Seasons and Activities
  • Weather
  • Describe Objects
  • Describe People
  • Plants
  • Animals

What did we use to teach

Our first year of homeschool with Jonatán we did not use a curriculum, we use books from Usborne Books & More to work on the different topics and skills. I’ll be adding reviews and the titles we used for each one of them, so you can get more ideas. When he was more ready to do worksheets, we started using Master Books curriculum and still supplement with other activities and books.

Leave us a comment if this list has been helpful for you, and what have you added to your first years of homeschooling.

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