Year One Homeschool Curriculum
My Homeschool is a literature rich, family friendly homeschool curriculum written for Australian children from kindergarten to high school.
My First Few Years Of Homeschooling Were Not Idyllic
When I was a new homeschooling mum I only understood the school teacher way of teaching. My children could read but I was a bit perplexed about what I was supposed to teach next. I was using textbooks for English and maths but wasn’t teaching much else. Lesson times were a struggle for all of us. The doubt was really starting to set in. I eventually gave in and sent my oldest two to school, my daughter was in Year 1.
I was so sad I had failed homeschooling. I really wanted to do it. I began looking for ways to make it work. That’s when two homeschooling friends introduced me to the Charlotte Mason method. I was an instant convert. After one term at school I had them home again. I stopped using all the resources I had used before and started using lots of living books, notebooks, art work and nature study. My children loved the change and so did I.
However, although I had found a meaningful and enjoyable way to educate, I had to show how my education method was tying in with the NSW syllabus.
Following the registration curriculum requirements was becoming a problem for all Australian homeschoolers, not just me. Some of my friends were too scared to register, one of my friends even moved states just to avoid registration. As registration criteria began to tighten in each state, many people gave up their educational philosophy and just went back to worksheets, textbooks and online tick the box products, some went unregistered and hoped they wouldn’t get caught, some sent their kids back to school and some just lied about what they were teaching in order to pass registration.
But none of those options were good ones!
But then I found a solution. I started publishing resources just for Australian home educators and showing them how to use the Charlotte Mason method for registration. And people kindly thanked me and told me our resources and guides were ‘pots of gold’ and it had made their homeschool journey ‘so much easier’. They kept asking for more help.
And when my children had graduated from my homeschool and gone to university, I launched My Homeschool so I could continue serving the Australian homeschooling community and help others successfully home educate their children!
Story by Michelle Morrow (Founder of My Homeschool)
Jo Lloyd, the course creator of our Year One program has also taught her three children through Year One using a Charlotte Mason approach. She said, “We know a number of families have tried the “School at home” approach, sent their kids to school for a bit, or used copious amounts of worksheets only to find that their child has lost all interest in learning and they’ve only finished Kindergarten! One comment we hear often is how much both child and parents are enjoying learning while using our Year One program. With great books to read, a broad feast of subjects and plenty of activities to enjoy, our Year One curriculum can put the delight back into learning”.
Why Follow the Charlotte Mason Method?
We wanted you to have confidence that you were educating your child in a way that honoured their emotional, academic and spiritual needs, and give you shortcuts so you would easily pass registration.
We know how important it is to nurture your children’s hearts and minds as you educate them. The Charlotte Mason method gives us the framework to achieve these goals.
It’s Written For Australian Children
You won’t need to be Australianising our content. We have mapped our curriculum to the Australian standards for each state and territory and we’ve done it for you in a Charlotte Mason way.
- Australian literature and poetry.
- Australian spelling and grammar lessons for English,
- Foundation Font for our handwriting lessons,
- Australian examples for science, geography and history,
- Metric measurements and Australian money,
- Australian land forms, plants and animals for nature study,
- Famous Australian art works for picture study,
- Indigenous content and books in all grades.
But we don’t limit our curriculum to only Australian content.
We want your children to have a rich feast of ideas presented to them so we also include world history, foreign languages, classic literature and a range of resources that encourage your child to learn about the world around them.
We Wanted A Curriculum That Worked For Home Educators
Our curriculum writers have already done the juggle of homeschooling a few children at once.
- We knew how lovely and important it is to learn as a family so we made some lessons and read alouds possible to teach as a group.
- We reduced the time needed for formal academics by crafting our curriculum so our resources and books often teach multiple topics.
- We made each grade fit each state’s syllabus so you can get registered easily.
- We gave you a streamlined intentional curriculum so you could give your children a wholesome integrated education from kindergarten to high school.
- We made sure it was academically challenging so your children will have career options, and a pathway to university if needed.
- We put it all in one place so you weren’t hunting around looking for resources every time you wanted to begin lessons.
- We made it easy to access your lessons and planner when you were out and about or travelling just by picking up your smartphone.
We Want You To Homeschool Well!
Getting a curriculum is the first step. Teaching and getting registered are the next parts.
That is why we want to offer you more than educational products or book lists. We want to mentor you and support you on this journey. We have experienced home educators who have already travelled this path and when you hit a hurdle we want to help you figure out ways to find a solution.
We Do That In A Few Ways:
- We have a community forum where you can ask your homeschool questions and get some advice. You can also email us if you need to.
- Our free Homeschool Teaching 101 Course that comes with membership will give you an understanding on the teaching methods we use. We also have a coach to take you through this course.
- Our Getting Registered Course gives you tips on registration for your state.
- Each graded curriculum course has most of the documentation needed to help you make your registration application simple and quick. Note: We don't do your application for you.
Our homeschool curriculum is written to comply with all Australian states and territories. We give you a shortcut to help you get straight into giving your child a delightful and robust education without spending hours and hours researching, and tweaking unsuitable content. And we’ll make it easy for you to get registered because we’ve already done 75% of the documentation you need for your application.
Our Learning Platform
We use Moodle, a popular educational online learning platform to run our courses. In the early grades this is mostly a resource for the parent, in middle school and high school the children also use the platform as a part of their lessons.
You will need access to the My Homeschool learning platform to complete and watch some video lessons. A laptop, tablet, or desktop computer will work well. Your smartphone can be used for a quick review, or on the go, but it’s not the best option for online reading and watching videos long-term.
Whilst we are utilising this online platform for learning and include many of our recommended book titles for watching as a read-aloud, most of our lessons do require reading from a real book or a paper-based resource. Our notebooking activities use pencils and paper but if you wish for your child to have additional screen-based activities you could incorporate an online mathematics or foreign language resource as both of these subjects rely on plenty of practice for mastery.
The mind "is nourished on ideas and absorbs facts only as they hang connected with the living ideas upon which they hang. Children educated upon some such lines as these respond in a surprising way, developing capacity, character, countenance, initiative and a sense of responsibility...The mind feeds on ideas and therefore children should have a generous curriculum."
We Offer Two Versions Of Our Year 1 Curriculum.
Year 1 students are usually 6 to 7 years old.
Full Version: This is a one-year full curriculum of 36 weeks which has been split into 4 terms. It includes documentation and plans to use for registration for 12 months.
Lite Edition: is a condensed 18 week schedule which has been split into 2 terms. It includes documentation and plans to use for registration for 6 months.
Continued Membership Rewards
You will continue to have access to your purchased courses, and all the benefits of being a My Homeschool member, as long as you keep your subscription membership current. This means you can use the same graded course again for subsequent children.
So How Much Does All This Cost?
To enrol in our graded courses you must first become a member.
Once you are enrolled, there are two options:
- Full Course 12 Months costs $440 + GST ($484)
- Lite Edition 6 Months $275 + GST ($302.50)
Both courses can only be purchased from our My Homeschool Member’s Learning Platform.
Once you have purchased your membership and course, you can expect to spend an additional $150 buying required books, stationery and printing costs.
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.
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!
I love the lay out of week by week checklists. We’ve really enjoyed HSS – Y1 History with Marguerite 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 journalled 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. We joined Maths Online in the last few weeks as it was recommended by you and this is such an excellent resource for maths. So thank you!
Should I Do Kindergarten or a Year One Homeschool Curriculum?
Unfortunately, kindergarten is sometimes dismissed as unnecessary, confused with preschool, melded into a Year One Homeschool Curriculum, or simply viewed through different education philosophies, such that that the real wonder, meaning and purpose for kindergarten has been forgotten or cast aside.
Some home educators misunderstand kindergarten to only be a formal school construct and miss the opportunities that come for enjoying and exploring learning at this age.
Kindergarten is not only an important step in the life long journey of education, but a wonderful way to gently step into home education. It is not to be missed!
Please refer to our Kindergarten Readiness Checklist for a short checklist approach to developmental milestones most children will have achieved before commencing kindergarten.
We also have a Kindergarten Completion Achievement List so you can see if your child is ready for Year One.
I already have a very busy life? How much time will this involve?
My Homeschool follows the Charlotte Mason practice of shorter lessons so there is time for the student to follow other interests. Approximately three to four days per week is allocated to group study and reading aloud in the primary years. In high school we have written a four day schedule with Day 5 free for other planned educational activities. Your day will usually include consistent lesson time in the mornings, leaving afternoons free for natural learning and play. You can also get some of your jobs done and pursue other interests.
Is this course secular or Christian?
This curriculum aims to give parents confidence that they are educating their children with a worldview that honours the values of Christian education however our resources are not exclusively Christian. We have attempted to choose great resources and often a secular resource was the best option.
Education of the whole child is important to us and parents are encouraged to nurture their children’s spiritual, intellectual, emotional and social needs. Check out our article Is Charlotte Mason Homeschooling Christian?
How do I teach multiple children?
Choice has been built into this curriculum to give you the flexibility you need for teaching multiple ages and adapting to the special needs and interests of your child/children. Some families choose to simply buy the appropriate Graded Course for each child, while others try to combine grades and teach multiple children using one course. You can choose what best suits your family.
I just wanted to say thank you for all the effort that’s been put into My Homeschool! I had my AP visit yesterday and it went great! He’s giving me 12 months registration and said if he comes next year and I’m still using the My Homeschool curriculum then he’ll give two years, even for my kindy child who’ll be a new registration. Thank you so much for helping make this transition to homeschooling so much easier and providing such detailed documents. I’m truly grateful!
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 Myhomeschool!!
I love the weekly schedule so much, – I know they will make the organisational side of my week much less of a task.
This Is How You Enrol?
At My Homeschool we want to give you the curriculum we always wanted.
Many of our members report that our curriculum is just what they needed to educate in a Charlotte Mason way and feel confident that they are following their state’s registration requirements.
Become A Member now to Buy Your Course. You’ll get access to our learning platform where you can enrol in our course and get access to all these course materials. It will only take 15 minutes.