Curriculum | The Homestead Schoolhouse


Language Arts

  • Identify the front cover, back cover of a book
  • Locating the title of the book
  • Distinguish letters from words
  • Recognize and name upper case and lower case letters
  • Follow words read aloud from left to right, top from bottom
  • Recognize rhyming words
  • Beginning and ending sounds
  • Orally blend 2 to 3 spoken sounds into recognizable words
  • Orally segment single syllable spoken words into components
  • Blend sounds to read one-syllable words
  • Recognize sight words (the, I, a, my, you)
  • Listen to and experience a wide variety of children’s literature
  • Demonstrate listening comprehension
  • Understand and use new vocabulary through text
  • Identify and sort common pictures/words into basic categories
  • Describe common objects
  • Recognizing everyday print
  • Ask questions, make predictions and connect real life experiences to text
  • Know beginning, middle and end of a story
  • Retell, reenact, and dramatize parts of a story


  • Brainstorm and discuss topic ideas for writing
  • Write by moving left to right, top to bottom
  • Name writing
  • Correct pencil hold
  • Tracing skills
  • Independently write upper and lower case letters
  • Write brief stories that connect meaning and label objects

Speaking and Listening

  • Recite short poems, rhymes and songs
  • Show and tell using props
  • Share information and ideas using complete sentences
  • Describe people, places, things, ideas and actions
  • Tell an experience and stories in sequence
  • Listen when others are speaking
  • Understand and follow one and two-step directions


  • Recognize, read, write and order numbers less than 20
  • Rote counting to 100 and beyond
  • Number matching
  • Concept of addition and subtraction
  • Greater than, less than, equal to
  • Sort, classify and order objects by size, color, shape
  • Copy and extend patterns
  • Measurements- length, weight, size
  • Understand concepts related to time of day: morning, afternoon, evening
  • Time
  • Past, present, future
  • Yesterday, today, tomorrow
  • Days/months/year
  • Identify and draw basic shapes
  • Create shapes with manipulatives


  • Compare and contrast characteristics of living and non-living things
  • Compare and contrast characteristics of plants and animals
  • Habitats
  • Understand what keeps plants and animals alive
  • Plant gardens
  • Hands-on work in greenhouses
  • Life cycles:  plants, animals
  • Weather
  • Seasons
  • Make observations about the natural world
  • Create structures using natural materials and simple tools
  • Human body
  • Animals: Sea animals, zoo animals and farm animals
  • Space study

Social Science

  • Understand that people are different
  • Explore various cultures
  • Compare family values and traditions
  • Explore Spanish language


  • Know the continents
  • Understanding and drawing maps
  • Flags
  • Knowing country, state, city, town in which they live
  • United States
  • Study of Portland, Oregon


  • Primary and secondary colors
  • Mixing colors
  • Understanding different art mediums
  • Performing arts
  • Color wheel, rainbow
  • Cultural art
  • Music:
    • Rhythm and movement
    • Singing
    • Learning new songs
    • Instruments
    • Musical drama

Health Skills

  • Advocate for healthy and safe behaviors at home and school
  • Identify safe behaviors when on field trips
  • Demonstrate positive communication skills
  • Choose from a variety of foods to eat from different food groups.
  • Advocate for more fruits and vegetables at school
  • Plant, bake, make food
  • Understand the importance of physical activity

Life Skills

  • Cleaning up: sweeping and wiping
  • Healthy Hygiene
  • Manners
  • Eye contact
  • Left vs. right
  • Shoe tying
  • Cutting skills
  • Empathy and consequential thinking/Behavior and aggression through Second Steps Curriculum