First Grade Workbooks

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Check out our mega list of workbooks for teaching first grade at home!

Mega List of First Grade Workbooks

Ready to find the perfect workbook fit for your first grader? Check out all of our top recommendations below!

See a workbook marked with a * ? Those are simply workbooks we have personally tried and love!

Free Resources for Homeschoolers

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Something great? This resource center has plenty of awesome freebies that are perfect for first graders!

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Homeschooling First Grade

Homeschooling first grade can be such a blast! Plus, it’s a year of huge change & growth for most young children, making it a very special year for both children and parents. 

Homeschooling First Grade Workbooks for Kids

This is the year independent learning starts to kick in — this includes simple things like sitting for a longer period of time and working on independent learning activities. 

Most children are reading (either with help or independently) at this age and from my experience, this is the age they truly begin to flourish. 

With that said, first grade can also be a huge year of struggle for some kiddos. They are changing from a new leaner to an experienced one, which means concepts are more complex. 

If you have a struggling youngster, first-grade workbooks may just be the perfect go-to for extra independent learning sessions.

Looking for simple resources for homeschooling your first grader?

Check out some of our top articles!

Many parts of early education include some type of dictation.

This is one of the ways your youngster will learn how to follow directions while brushing up on important skills. Check out some of the ways we like to take the pressure off and make sentence dication fun!

Writing prompts are one of the easiest ways to encourage your little one to dive deep into creative writing. These printable packs for grades K-3 will help your young learner use their imagination and practice those pesky handwriting skills all at the same time!

Why Use First Grade Workbooks?

Workbooks are an absolute staple in our homeschool.

Not only do they come in handy for simple summer downtime, but they also work great as additional filler during the homeschool year as well!

You can easily homeschool first grade with the use of a good solid homeschool curriculum and first-grade workbooks.

Why You Should Use Workbooks for First Grade

While I tend to lean on workbook usage more over the summer months, many of these first-grade workbooks are great for year-round learning!

Lean on them for supplemental learning, extra skills practice, or for secondary subjects and electives!

2 Simple tips for homeschooling first grade with Workbooks…

  • Keep Things Light and Fun

First graders are in between being a little kid and a big kid. They simply aren’t ready for huge course loads and hour-long periods of sit-down learning or instruction.

Add in lots of hands-on activities and quiet moments of downtime.

If using workbooks as an extra, keep your first-grade workbook options simple and fun-based. Try focusing on puzzles, games, and color-by-number activities instead of leaning toward detailed curriculum-based workbooks!


  • Allow Them to Spread Their Wings (a little)

Homeschooling first grade can be a mix of emotions for any homeschool mom!

I watched my youngest go from needing my help with every little thing, to reading full chapter books without me.

As hard as it is to let go, first grade is the perfect time to loosen the reigns (just a little bit…).

Encourage your kiddo to practice their independent learning skills by purchasing simple first-grade workbooks to use as secondary subjects. Our go-to favorites for this use are 180-day workbooks!

Want to know how we use workbooks in the summer? Check how I utilize summer worksheets and workbooks to create simple worksheet packs for my kiddos!

First Grade Workbooks

Meet the Author

Life & Homeschool Author

Hey guys! I’m Mary, homeschool mom of 3 amazing kiddos.

I’m so excited that you decided to check out my little corner of the world!

If you have been following our journey for any length of time, you already know that I’m obsessed with coffee, organization, and all things simple.

I’m also a huge dog lover and introvert 💗

My homeschool style is very eclectic.

I enjoy a solid mixture of structure and free range. I set goals for myself and my children each week, but I put no pressure on perfection.

We use a wide variety of curriculum in our home.

Some of our current favorites are The Good and the Beautiful, Life of Fred, Beautiful Feet Books, and Lifepac.

While my kids do spend a good amount of time learning at desks, they also spend countless hours exploring their creativity and practicing a little independence.

I love mountains, rainy days, and sitting by the campfire. 

Our family recently relocated to the PNW and we have been enjoying finding new nature spots to explore together 🙌🏼

I can’t wait to connect and share all the things I’ve learned on our new journey! 

Just a Note…

Thanks for checking out the homeschool workbooks portion of the blog! 

We absolutely love using workbooks in our homeschool and I’m so excited to share some of our favorites with you!

I hope you found this article helpful and come back to visit again soon!

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