Rainbow Curriculum Starter Package - 1st Grade

Rainbow Curriculum Starter Package - 1st Grade


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Grades: 1

These packages include academically strong courses in the four main subject areas - math, language arts, science, and social studies.


Saxon Math has been the homeschooler's good friend for over twenty years. Known for its thoroughness and comprehensive coverage of math topics, Saxon takes an incremental approach and builds in much review and repetition.

In the primary grades (K-3), it is manipulative-based and scripted (the teaching words are provided in a "script"). This means little preparation for the teacher - just open the teacher's manual and start reading through the lesson. The lessons encourage teacher-student interaction and you can expect them to take 30 - 45 min. You will need specific manipulatives to complete the course and we offer manipulative kits as required resources (and a separate purchase) with each grade level.

At the middle school level and higher, Saxon encourages the student to work more independently by addressing all instruction directly to the student. At the 8th grade level you can choose either a starter set with pre-algebra or an "upgrade" which includes Algebra 1. Our sets include texts, solutions manuals, answer keys, and tests.

Language Arts: Language Arts are covered by a variety of programs. These vary some by grade levels.

For grades K-2, we've included All About Reading, a multisensory phonics and reading program that also covers fluency, vocabulary and comprehension. All About Reading utilizes letter tile magnets, games and engaging readers for a reading program that is fun and engaging for most students. Zaner-Bloser Handwriting is also included, as is Spectrum Writing at grades 1 and 2.

For grades 4 - 6, we've chosen to include the Learning Language Arts Through Literature (LLATL) courses plus editing and spelling supplements. LLATL integrates all aspects of language arts instruction - composition, grammar, spelling, and vocabulary - with quality excerpts and book studies from classic children's literature. Books required for the course are included, and the answers are in the Teacher's Manuals. Easy Grammar for grades 4 and 5 provide easy to use grammar instruction.

At grade 6-8, we've included Essentials in Writing, a video-based writing and grammar program.

Spelling Workout is a phonics-based weekly-list spelling program and is included in all grade levels. Since answers are fairly predictable, we have not included Teacher's Manuals in the sets - purchase additionally, if desired.

Science: For science from a Christian perspective, Apologia products are hard to beat. With a line of products from K to grade 12, all facets of science are covered in a manner easy to implement in a homeschool setting, yet the student will be well prepared for college level work in the sciences after graduation. Known for home-friendly experiments (most supplies are household items) and interesting textual information, these courses are a favorite of seasoned homeschoolers. Our sets include the textbook, the notebook, a solutions manual, and a set of tests for each course. Lab kits for the courses are available as a separate purchase but are not included in the sets.

History: For history, the popular Story of the World series is the backbone of the packages for grades 1-5. Over four volumes, author Susan Wise Bauer presents history in a story-like format in bite-sized chunks appropriate for one sitting. Accompanying activity book adds review questions, supplemental reading suggestions, map activities, coloring pages, and project suggestions. Grade 3 features an American history from Notgrass - Star Spangled Story.

Three offerings from the Notgrass family focus on history in grades 6, 7, and 8. Good readability, daily lesson plans, Bible study, map and timeline study, extensive reading lists, and even creative writing and suggestions for family activities are included in these courses.

You can follow links below the package graphics for complete reviews of each of the included products.

Category Description for Rainbow Curriculum Starter Packages:

"I need your 7th grade curriculum package." How often we've heard similar pleas, but didn't have a package option to offer. Now we do! With the new homeschooler in mind, we wanted them to be easy to jump into and get started. They are! We also wanted them to be solid and strong in academics. They are! And we wanted them to utilize a variety of homeschooling products, so you would have a better idea of what works well for you and your students. They do! Can you tell we're just a bit excited about these packages? They include products we have used in our own schooling. They include products that have a proven track record in terms of success. They include products that are effective with a variety of learning styles.

We offer four series of packages for grades K - 8.

  • Starter Packages include some items with a Christian perspective.
  • Economy Starter Packages include budget curriculum choices some of which are items with a Christian perspective.
  • Secular Packages are similar to our Starter Packages but do NOT include any items with Christian perspective.
  • Standards-Based Packages include courses from mainline curriculum publishers that are aligned to state and national standards.

As you progress in your homeschool experience, you will get a better feel for the types of materials that work best for you and your students. But for now, our main goal in putting together these sets is to make it easy for you to get started. We want you to be able to Homeschool with Confidence! ~ Janice

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New to homeschooling and felt this would be the best option for us.
Michelle O on Jun 7, 2020
seems to be what I need for my soon to be 1st grade son
Trina R on Apr 18, 2016
New to homeschooling and felt this would be the best option for us.
Michelle O on Jun 7, 2020
Comparison with comparable products and recommendation from others.
Jeremy H on Sep 23, 2018
seems to be what I need for my soon to be 1st grade son
Trina R on Apr 18, 2016
Comparison with comparable products and recommendation from others.
Jeremy H on Sep 23, 2018
Are there any add one that are needed? if so what are they?
A shopper on Nov 14, 2019
BEST ANSWER: This curriculum package includes everything that is needed. There are a couple of items that you might find helpful. The Botany course has labs that use household items but we also have a kit that includes most of the harder to find items and makes it a bit easier because they are all collected in one place. Here is the link for that kit:


Kingfisher History Encyclopedia is used as a reference with Story of the World. This book is also likely to be available at your local library but we do sell it as well:

Is this specific for Deaf children in ASL?
A shopper on Sep 15, 2019
BEST ANSWER: No, this is not a package compiled specifically for deaf students. It might be possible to adapt it for that use but you would have to make your own adaptations.
Is there a recommended daily lesson plan?
A shopper on Jul 8, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Some of the courses come with their own lesson plans (i.e. Botany - in the Junior Notebooking Journal). Others are just sort obvious like the Saxon Math (one lesson per day). Others will have suggestions for daily lesson plans in the teacher's materials (i.e. Horizons and History for Little Pilgrims.
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Rated 5 out of 5
Perfect curriculum
This package has been a God-send for us. My wife loves everything, and our 1st grader is doing really well. Thank you RRC!
October 24, 2018
over 4 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Best, Well Thought Out Curriculum for the Money!
We have been home schooling for a few years now and have been through some expensive curricula from this on-line school, and that one. We ordered this for my 7 year old (and 4th grade for our 10 year old) and let me tell you, we will NEVER buy from anyone else ever again. The packages Rainbow has put together is filled with everything you need to teach for an entire grade level. The way the science kits come are so well thought out. I'm very surprised there aren't more reviews! We will continue buying these for each grade level as we continue moving through. Buying this...you will NOT be disappointed!
October 7, 2015
over 7 years ago

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