CHC Lesson Plans: First Grade

Lesson Plans


A complete, daily schedule for all core and non-core subjects. Juggle family life, provide a solid education, and instill a love for learning! Four days a week, 32 weeks.


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A complete, daily schedule for all core and non-core subjects. These well-ordered and organized lesson plans allow you to juggle family life, build an academically excellent education, and instill a love for learning!

Included in all CHC grade-level Lesson Plans:

  • Introduction & FAQ: An extensive resource with practical advice and encouragement to make your year a joyful one.
    Comprehensive Subject Guide: This handy guide offers specific teaching help for each subject. Full of tips and suggestions!
  • Daily Lesson Plans: Two page-per-week format. Weekly checklist goals are placed alongside daily plans that offer flexibility and guidance without formality. Core subjects are shaded to make it easy to prioritize.
  • Year at a Glance Chart: Lists the topics covered by subject and week; particularly helpful when you come across additional enrichment material you wish to incorporate. Just check the chart to see which week the topic is being taught and then insert your notes/materials in your lesson plan binder.
  • “Typical Course of Study” and “Achievement Record”: Useful for record-keeping purposes and/or to fulfill state reporting requirements.
  • Certificate of Completion

Special Features for First Grade:

  • Four days a week schedule, 32 weeks
  • Science Supply List for Behold and See 1
  • Supplemental phonics activities by Nancy Nicholson

Reading at the second/third grade level; exposure to over 7,000 words
Good communication skills: eye contact, sharing, listening
Creative thinking and speaking skills (story-telling)
Introduction to spelling; mastery of 148 words
Beginning language skills: capitalization; punctuation; vowels; vocabulary; writing; word study; sentences; introduction to nouns, verbs, and prepositions
Manuscript penmanship

Counting and writing to 200; counting by 2’s, 5’s, and 10’s; ordinal numbers through 10; cardinal numbers
Addition facts (trading, missing addends, column addition)
Subtraction facts (two-digit numbers, trading, missing subtrahends)
Beginning fractions (whole, ½, ⅓, ¼), tables, and bar graphs
Geometry and measurement (units of measure, perimeter, estimation)
Telling time to ½ hour; calendar (days of week, months of year)
Solving simple word problems and selecting correct operation
Working with and writing dollars and cents; adding and subtracting money
Place value; sequencing

Recognition of our Creator; learning to classify and group
Simple experimentation; scientific method and scientific inquiry
Plants (growth, seeds, roots, leaves); how seeds travel
Animals (mammals, birds, fish, reptiles, snakes); carnivores, omnivores, herbivores
Vertebrates and invertebrates; skeletons and exoskeletons
Migration and hibernation
Senses: sight, hearing, touch, smell, taste
Seasons and weather
Living and nonliving things
Insects (harmful and helpful); arachnids and spiders

Who God is; who I am; why I am here; where I am going; how to get there
Basic catechetical truths; participation in the life of the Church and liturgical seasons
Practical, living faith: sacrifice, obedience, prayer, charity, forgiveness
Introduction to daily prayer: hand-made prayer book


Product Code: LP1
Format: Softcover
Binding: Loose-leaf, 3-hole drilled
Page Count: 110 pages
Dimensions: 8.5″×11″
ISBN: 9781946207296
Returnable? No, view return policy.
Consumable? Yes, purchase one per student.
Answer key: None required.

Q: What is the difference between core and non-core subjects?

A: A helpful feature of CHC lesson plans is the distinction between core and non-core subjects. Core subjects are the “basic essentials” of education, often thought of as the “Three R’s.” Core subjects such as math, grammar, and science are clearly labeled as such in CHC’s daily lesson plans, making it delightfully easy to trim the day’s schedule as needed. CHC’s flexible program allows non-core subjects, such as Latin, art, and penmanship, to be returned to the schedule as time permits; the focus on core subjects ensures that the student will be exposed to all that is necessary for his grade level, without placing undue demands on student or teacher in times of family “overload.”

Q: Why a four-day week? What about Wednesdays?

A: CHC lesson plans for preschool to fourth grade are designed around a four-day week. Taking off one flex-day each week provides that needed break to keep homeschooling burnout at bay.  Wednesdays are days you can assist at Holy Mass together, schedule dental and medical appointments, or dive into those all-day projects that have been beckoning. It can be a day for a mini-unit study, meeting with other families in your homeschooling group, field trips, visits to the elderly, volunteering, sewing costumes for the Feast of All Saints, making Christmas cards, or practicing your upcoming Nativity Play. Wednesdays can also be a day for mom simply to play catch-up, enjoy a sewing project, make a special dinner, or do remedial work with a child needing help—the ideas are as individual as each family and do count as school!

From fifth grade to eighth grade, CHC lesson plans follow a five-day week, since the student’s work load increases in the middle school years.

Q: I like the idea of lesson plans, but want to retain control over what I teach and when I teach it. I am wary of plans that are overstructured. Can you give me an idea of CHC’s approach?

A: CHC lesson plans combine the flexibility of a self-designed curriculum with the reassurance of knowing that one is providing a complete education. By following CHC’s lesson plans, homeschooling parents have the assurance that “all the bases are covered,” so that they can relax and enjoy sharing in the academic discoveries of their children. With CHC’s lesson plans, the family tailors the studies to fit the family; with public school, private school, or a very structured home study school, the program tailors the family to fit the studies.

Q: I would like to purchase one copy of the lesson plans and copy it for my other children. Would this break the copyright since I’m only using them with my children and not a group?

A: The copyright on lesson plans is a standard copyright, which allows unlimited use of the material as long as copies are not made of the work. If families were to photocopy the plans for more than one child – for all the children in the family – then the price of the plans would have to be much higher. The additional bonus to using one lesson plan per child is twofold: You will enjoy writing in the plans and having a permanent record to look back on, and we are constantly updating and adding new materials and ideas when we reprint each lesson plan. We both win when the copyright law is honored; CHC and its authors and artists receive payment they have earned, which in turn enables CHC to continue to publish more materials for your growing family!

Photo submitted by Luzaideth, FL.

A few weeks into our schooling I felt that I needed more direction, so I decided to purchase a First Grade Lesson Plan. WOW, what a difference. Next year I will be purchasing a lesson plan for all 3 of my children instead of spending all of my time planning.

Photo submitted by Marcy, WI.

I was always one to pick and choose all sorts of curriculum. I can't tell you how great it was to use the lesson plans completely and feel like we were doing such beautiful quality schooling, and we still had time to do all sorts of in depth studies and extra activities. CHC is truly the perfect blend of academics, Faith, and home.
This year we used the First Grade Lesson Plans. It really helps me to have a plan of action each day and it has really freed up time for me to be with my kids or do things around the house rather than sit and plan lessons.
This is our first year using CHC's lesson plans—what difference! It's like we've gone from slogging through the mud to "turbo homeschooling"! The structure they provide makes planning the whole week easier and probably saves me 3-4 hours a week in planning/adjusting/organizing. They've taken the fear of not staying "on track" away, too.
I'd like to tell you how pleased our family has been. Your products have helped us through our first year of homeschooling tremendously. I especially like your Lesson Plans for First Grade since it helps keep me on track and provides and incorporates a variety of inspirational ideas for projects throughout the curriculum.
Your lesson plans are so lovely and so inviting. I loved the 2-page spread, the goals for the week, the shaded “core” subjects, and the room to write down appointments, books read, and extra work, but my favorite part about the lesson plans was the way that all of the subjects were so nicely integrated.

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