First Grade

Oak Meadow’s lively and engaging First Grade curriculum will help you guide your child toward solid reading and math skills while encouraging an active, inquisitive mind.

Oak Meadow curriculum is designed to be easy to use for the parent/teacher and the student. Assignments are clearly marked and explained in detail. A weekly planner, assignment checklist, and materials list for each lesson helps you plan your week in advance and budget your time and resources. (Families are encouraged to use our main lesson books to document their student’s work.) Comprehensive learning assessments are included at the end of each lesson to help you document your student’s progress, recognize your student’s strengths and areas where more support is needed, and track learning over time.

Literacy skills are developed through a language-rich curriculum that focuses on stories, poems, and songs. Students progress through learning how to print upper- and lowercase letters to a study of word families and consonant blends. The imagination is sparked through fairy tales, nature stories, and traditional verses as your child develops the necessary skills and confidence to read independently.

In Social Studies, students begin to develop a sense of time and place as they encounter classic tales, make their own calendars, and draw maps of their neighborhoods. Multicultural awareness is explored through community connections and a developing sense of good citizenship.

In the Math curriculum, stories are integrated into the study of numbers, and objects from nature collected on a walk become part of learning the four mathematical processes. Students also explore sequences, patterns, counting money, and geometric shapes.

Science, arts & crafts, music, and health round out the first grade experience. Each week students engage in observations of the natural world, express themselves through painting and crafts, develop their recorder playing skills, and conduct inquiries into topics related to their healthy development.

First Grade Overviews

Please note: Some items on the overview above, such as a literature selection, may have changed, but scope and sequence remain the same.

Projects, Crafts, & Activities

  • Make a book of stories with summaries and illustrations
  • Create your own store and marketplace
  • Make a Native American teepee
  • Make a weather vane
  • Identify animal tracks
  • Learn to knit
  • Build a birdhouse

First Grade Curriculum Materials

  • First Grade Coursebooks (two-volume set)

K-3 Teacher Enrichment Materials
(These only need to purchased once for K-3.)

  • The Heart of Learning
  • Oak Meadow Guide to Teaching in the Early Grades
  • Oak Meadow Crafts for the Early Grades
  • Oak Meadow Circle Time CD
  • Healthy Living from the Start


  • Beginning Recorder
  • Word Families
  • A Kiss for Little Bear
  • Charlie the Ranch Dog: Stuck in the Mud
  • Charlie the Ranch Dog: Charlie’s New Friend
  • Frog & Toad Are Friends
  • Frog & Toad Together
  • Mouse Soup
  • Mouse Tales
  • Healthy Living from the Start
  • First Grade Craft Kit