Homeschooling Your 1st-3rd Grade Students


  • HLA is very flexible. We want homeschooling and learning to be an enjoyable experience for both parent and child. Think of ways to make learning fun. This will help your child develop a love for learning. Remember all of life is an education so the student would still be learning during times of unstructured learning.
  • HLA recommends focusing on the “Three R’s” (R)eading, w(R)iting, and a(R)ithmetic.
  • This age child still learns a lot through playing and discovering, but some classes will become a little more focused.
  • A complete, boxed, expensive curriculum is not needed as you begin this journey of educating your young child. Select resources/curriculum as needed for math and reading.
  • Resources are simply tools to help you. As with any tool, use it when you need it. You are in control of the curriculum/resources, the curriculum is not in control of you. If you want to skip a section or do it later, then fine.
  • Go to the library. Get simple, but interesting books.
  • This age student will be doing a small amount of daily writing or copy-work, possibly a page per day on a 1st/2nd/3rd-grade tablet, practicing phonics, learning math, etc.
  • Lessons would be very short depending on the child’s attention span and maturity.
  • Some students learn to read early while others may not learn until later. This is okay as every child is different.
  • Parents usually purchase a phonics program if the student is not reading yet.
  • You will likely want to find a math program. 
  • Once your child is reading have him/her read as often as they like. He/she does not have to read aloud to you every time or every day. Let them enjoy reading to themselves.
  • Any reading errors will be corrected once formal spelling lessons begin.
  • Read aloud to your child every day as often as you can. 


Sample Education Plan – Example 1

Fred – 1st grade

Fred learns best by hands-on activities and games. We will use manipulatives and flash cards for math, learn real life math at the grocery store, in the kitchen cooking, double recipes, measure while helping dad build a bookcase, etc. We will also be using Right Start Math.

Reading – Reading Eggs, library books, reading aloud daily to my child. 

Penmanship/Writing – Workbooks from Sam’s Club.

Bible – Bible storybooks

Fred is involved in scouts.


Sample Education Plan – Example 2

Sarah – 2nd grade

Reading – Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons. We go to the library every week and check out lots of books. read aloud every day from more advanced books and she retells me the story. 

Math – APlus Tutor Soft

Writing – Copy-work from storybooks and the Bible.

Reading/Science/History/Art – Five In a Row

Sample Education Plan – Example 3

Julie 3rd Grade 

Math – Singapore Math Primary

Spelling/writing – All About Spelling; Writing stories

Science/Bible – Hands-on Nature Study during the spring and fall.  Jonathan Parks Series.

History – Little House on the Prairie read aloud.