Grade 1 Home-Schooling Ideas!

Parents of Grade 1 students and Grade 1 students! We are excited to be seeing you next week in school. We would like to send you these ideas for some home-school activities that should keep your brain warmed up and your thinking caps tightly on! Have a read below for some things that you can be working on at home. Nothing you do can be wrong…..just try to imagine yourself in the classroom and pretend you are a student in your own home. You are, in fact, your own teacher!

If you collect any evidence of your amazing thinking, bring it to school on Monday so we can share and learn from each other.

We can’t wait to see you!

Ms Mac & Ms Illeperuma


Mathematical concepts
  • Money:
Real life situations where money can be used.
    1. Sort and count amounts of money (rupees or other currencies)
    2. Buy more than one thing and add the amounts together for a total
    3. Do the above two steps then use too much so change must be given (find the difference)
    4. Have your child choose items from your recycling to label with prices and set up a small shop at home
  • Place value continued:
Problem solving and/or given equations to solve.
    1. Sequence random two digit numbers using vocab such as less, more, equal, greater than…
    2. “expand” the numbers to show how they are made (45 = 40+5)
    3. Fill in missing numbers from equations and explain reasoning (55-X=44)
    4. Have your child make their own or solve your word problems related to money, time lapses, real life problems. Find some ideas here and make your own simple videos at home (what do you see, think, wonder, estimate too low/too high/possible, solve?) – see my one that could be used in many ways (your child will lead the way!).
  • Time:
Continue telling the time on analogue clocks with the expectation of knowing o’clock, quarter past and to, half past.
    1. Simply ask what time is it and have your child reason how they know
    2. Pose lapse problems (it’s 5.30pm now so how long do we have to wait until bedtime at 7.30pm?)
    3. Write the digital equivalent to the analogue clock (half past 4 = 4.30)


We are working on doing the following in our own narrative writing:
    1. Give your child a ‘flat’ sentence about a personal experience that you have both shared (I had my breakfast then I played)
    2. What questions do you have? When? What? Where? What did you see, hear, taste, touch, smell?
    3. Now UNFREEZE your writing to tell us exactly what happened with exciting vocabulary
    4. Read it out loud with expression and then look at what the character (you!) actually DID? (past tense verbs)
*This morning, too early to even imagine, I slowly stretched in bed before jumping up and grabbing my favourite toy! His name is monkey and I love him! He smells a bit funky now but I still love him! After plodding downstairs I chose the comfiest sofa to lie on then cuddled up with monkey until I heard my Dad yelling to go join him in the kitchen. I hadn’t even heard him as he crept around like a ninja…….”
If you share how YOU unfreeze small situations they absolutely love it and it becomes quite the competition!
Continue reading TO your child every day as well as allowing your child to read to you.
    1. Focus on fluency by re-reading books 2-4 times
    2. Focus on strategies to work out unknown words (your child knows!)
    3. Focus on comprehension beyond literal (make inferences about why you think something happened or a character did what they did)
    4. Make connections to the story from your own life beyond literal events (avoid “I once went to the park too”)
If you would like some additional ideas for focus areas in literacy, please see the snipped image below regarding digraphs (sh, wh, ch, th), alphabetical order of words, homophones (eg too, to, two) and past tense verbs (adding ed). These were sourced through
Unit of Inquiry:
Our UoI that we would have begun this week in centred around the concept of habitats. We, at school, will provoke thinking about this to ensure our understanding of your children’s prior knowledge. For this reason, if you would like more practical ideas for home-schooling, please refer to our Earth Day activities that were supposed to happen directly after the holidays.
Have fun! Relax! Do what you are able and what will help you and your child individually.
Kind regards and thank you for your on-going support as always.