Stop Wasting Money on Curriculum that Doesn’t Fit.

Is this you?

So often I have read comments on other sites and social media that read something like this…

I bought this program (curriculum) but it’s not a good fit for my child

or this…

I just received the curriculum I purchased and it doesn’t cover everything I thought it did!

Can you related to any of the above statements? Have you purchased a curriculum or program that is not for your child? What are some of the reasons that this happens? Here are some possibilities…

  • Your child isn’t quite ready
  • Your child has already learned what is being taught and needs something more
  • Your child’s learning style just doesn’t match the curriculum
  • Your child simply needs to learn more that the curriculum covers

I homeschooled my son from PreK-12th grade and I can’t tell you how much money I spent on curriculum that he hated or just didn’t fit. That’s why I created My Teaching Library!

My Teaching Library offers thousands of teaching resources from typical curriculum and worksheets to hands-on, interactive unit studies AND why I offer subscription plans that gives you ALL-ACCESS to everything! If you download something and it isn’t a good fit, chances are good that you can find something else that is a good fit for your child! I’m also continually adding new resources so that you have even more to select from when trying to find what works for your child.

An annual ALL-ACCESS subscription is only $60 (which equates to only $5 a month) and that is for ALL SUBJECTS! Now, tell me…Have you spent $60 on one curriculum or program that covers just one subject and it was not for your child?

I also offer a lifetime ALL-ACCESS subscription which over the course of several years can save you even more money!

What My Teaching Library is not

Now, I want to touch on one last concern I see so many parents have. I see so many (especially new homeschooling parents) say…

I need a day by day, step by step program!

I’m scared I’ll not teach my child what he needs to know!

Why I don’t like step by step, day by day programs/curriculum:
Step by step, day by day programs become rigid and doesn’t leave room for you, the parent, to do what your gut tells you your child needs.

No one, not even curriculum developers know your child like YOU DO!

So, what do you do? How do you know what skills and concepts your child should cover for each grade? How can you judge ‘where’ your child is in terms of what is being taught in specific grades?

My Teaching Library offers a ‘Skills and Concepts’ section on our home page for every grade!

Use our ‘Skills and Concepts’ to guide you as you find what works best for your child. Let it help you stop saying “not for my child” but rather “This is the next thing I should help my child learn” and then find the resources you need to teach it!

Also, if you ever can’t find what you are looking for on My Teaching Library, please don’t hesitate to reach out and ask! If MTL has it, I’ll send you to those resources. If MTL doesn’t have it, I will put that on my list of things to add to our library!

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1st grade, Math

1st Grade MATH Concepts and Skills

Are you preparing to teach 1st grade math and want to know what to teach? Here is a list of all the concepts and skills that should be covered and learned. Plus, I’ve included suggested products to use to give students the practice they need to master what they need to know…

Concepts and Skills:

Adds and subtracts numbers 1-20, solves word problems by using objects, drawings and traditional equations with the plus and minus signs.
Adds 3 numbers that add to a number up to 20.
Solves addition and subtraction problems by adding up or subtracting smaller numbers, for example 10+4 = 10+2+2 and 15-6= 15-2-2-2.
Learns the relationship between addition and subtraction, for example 2+3=5 and 5-3=2.
Counts out and groups objects in order to solve single digit addition and subtraction problems.
Counts and writes the numbers 1 to 120, starting from any number less than 120.
Understands and creates numbers using 10 as a base, for example, 12 = 1 ten and 2 1’s.
Compares two 2 digit numbers using the <, >, and = signs.
Adds up to100 using objects and the concept of 10’s.
Subtracts or adds 10 to a 2 digit number in her mind, without counting, and subtracts by 10 from numbers 1-90, using concrete objects or tools.
Orders three objects by length.
Begins to tell and write time using both digital and analog clocks.
Understands data, specifically, the total number of data points, how many are in each category and how many more or less there are in a category.
Understands the definition of and difference between shapes and creates shapes using this knowledge.
Creates 2 and 3 dimensional shapes.
Breaks up circles and rectangles into two and four equal parts, and understands that the parts are halves, fourths, and quarters, and that smaller parts make up larger ones.


  • Name, model, write, compare, and order numbers to 200; identify place value and odd/even; skip count.
  • Identify and model fractions (halves, thirds, fourths) as parts of wholes/groups.
  • Identify coins and $1 bills; find value of collection of coins.
  • Know addition and subtraction facts through 10; model, create, and solve addition and subtraction problems.


  • Identify, create, describe, and extend simple rhythmic, shape, size, number, color, and letter patterns; skip count by 2s, 5s, 10s .
  • Construct and solve addition and subtraction sentences.


  • Identify, draw, describe, and compare 2-D and 3-D shapes.


  • Identify parts of the day, week, and month; tell time to half hour.
  • Measure objects and use appropriate measurement tools; make and use estimates.
  • Compare and order objects by length and weight


  • Gather, organize, represent, and interpret data using tallies, charts, pictographs, and bar graphs.
  • Decide most likely outcomes.

Need teaching resources to teach the above skills? Below are the resources you need!

All the below suggested products on My Teaching Library can be purchased individually or you can purchase an All-Access subscription and have INSTANT access to ALL products, not just the ones listed below! All-Access to all resources – all subjects!

Learn more about ALL-ACCESS subscriptions @

Suggested Products to master skills:

· Addition for 1st Grade | Sums to 20

· Subtraction for 1st Grade | Minuends to 20

· Addition and Subtraction for 1st Grade | Sums and Minuends to 20

· Addition and Subtraction Word Problems | Numbers to 20

· 3 Addend Addition | Sums to 20

· Commutative Property | First Grade Sums to 20

· Number Sense Numbers to 120 | Before, Between and After

· Comparing Numbers 1 to 120 | Greater than, Less Than, Equal to

· Number Sense | Base Ten Understanding

· Adding and Subtracting 10 | Numbers to 100

· Place Value Worksheets – Ones & Tens (Volume 1)

· Place Value Worksheets – Ones & Tens (Volume 2)

· Tracing Numbers 1-120

· Math Visuals – Manipulatives Bundle | Butterfly Themed

· Ten Frame Sets | 5 Complete Sets

· Math Posters | Greater Than, Less Than, Equal To

· Math Posters | 3D Shapes

· Counting by 10 Posters (10 – 100)

· Measurement Worksheets | Height, Weight, Length

· Cutting Skills activity sheet (Shapes)

· Shape Sorting

· Learning Shapes | Sammy Snake Mini-book

· Learning 2D Shapes

· 3D Shapes | Names and Attributes

· Learning Fractions | Halves – Thirds – Fourths

· Understanding Numbers | Numbers to 120 – Number Words – Place Value

· Skip Counting Worksheets

· Snowman Skip Counting Unit (2s, 5s, & 10s)

· Skip Counting Posters | 2-10

· Pumpkin Patch Skip Counting

· Telling Time | Math Center

· Telling Time | Go Fish Card Game

· Telling Time | First Grade

· Create a Clock

· It’s All About Money – Comprehensive Unit

Themed / Seasonal suggested products:

· Fact Families | Christmas Themed Math

· First Grade Math Skills Workbook

· Snowman Math for 1st Grade

· Calendar Bulletin Board Materials | Tiger Themed

· Calendar Bulletin Board Materials | Bear Themed

· November Math for 1st Grade

· Christmas Graphing Activities

· March Math File Folder Game | St. Patrick’s Day

· March Math Tasks Cards

· December No-Prep Language Arts & Math Activities for 1st Grade

· Peppermint Candy Numbers and Number Words

· Nutcracker Number Cards and Tables | Christmas Math

· Christmas Math for 1st Grade | Nutcracker Theme

· Christmas Math for Firsties

· December Language Arts & Math Activities for Kindergarten – 1st Grade (No Prep)

· Valentine’s Day themed Math for 1st Grade | Multiple Skills

· Snowman Skip Counting Unit (2s, 5s, & 10s)

· 1st Grade Skills Workbook for February

· 1st Grade Math Skills Review – Winter Themed

· Pattern Block Templates | Spring Themed

· Winter – Christmas Pattern Block Unit

· Mitten Themed Literacy, Math and Science Winter Activities

· March Math Center Materials

· March Math 1st Grade | Mixed Practice Workbook

· New Year’s Math Center Activities | Kindergarten | 1st Grade

· 1st Grade Summer Skills Review Packet

· 1st Grade – Monthly Learning Pack – October

· November Learning Pack – 1st Grade

· Christmas Math 1-100 | Worksheets and Activities

Suggested product for all Math Students (1st – 6th): Math Glossary

10th Grade, 11th Grade, 12th Grade, 9th Grade, High School, Language Arts

What to Teach – High School Language Arts

Are you preparing to teach High School? Want a list of Language Arts skills covered during 9th-12th grades?

Here are the skills and concepts students should learn during their High School years…

  1. Use agreed-upon rules for formal and informal in small groups.
  2. Pose questions, listen to the ideas of others, and contribute their own information or ideas in group discussions and interviews in order to acquire new knowledge.
  3. Make oral presentations that demonstrate appropriate consideration of audience, purpose, and the information to be conveyed.
  4. Acquire new vocabulary and use it correctly in reading and writing.
  5. Describe and analyze the grammatical structure of the English language and the standard English conventions for sentence structure, usage, punctuation, capitalization, and spelling
  6. Describe and analyze how oral dialects differ from each other in English, how they differ from written standard English, and what role standard American English plays in informal and formal communication.
  7. Describe and analyze how the English language has developed and been influenced by other languages.
  8. Decode accurately and understand new words encountered in their reading materials, drawing on a variety of strategies as needed, and then use these words accurately in speaking and writing.
  9. Identify the basic facts and essential ideas in what they have read, heard, or viewed.
  10. Identify, analyze, and apply knowledge of the characteristics of different genres.
  11. Identify, analyze and apply knowledge of theme, fiction, nonfiction, and poetry and provide evidence from the text to support their understanding.
  12. Identify and analyze how an author’s choice of words appeals to the senses, creates imagery, suggests mood, and sets tone.
  13. Compare and contrast similar myths and narratives from different cultures and geographic regions.
  14. Interpret the meaning of literary works, non-fiction, films and media by using different critical lenses and analytic techniques.
  15. Plan and present effective dramatic readings, recitations and performances that demonstrate appropriate consideration of audience and purpose.
  16. Write compositions with a clear focus, logically related ideas to develop it, and adequate detail.
  17. Select and use appropriate genres, modes of reasoning, and speaking styles when writing for different audiences and rhetorical purposes.
  18. Demonstrate improvement in organization, content, paragraph development, level of detail, style, tone and word choice in their compositions after revising them.
  19. Use knowledge of standard English conventions to edit their writing.
  20. Use self-generated questions, note-taking, summarizing, precise writing, and outlining to enhance learning when reading or writing.
  21. Use open-ended research questions, different sources of information, and appropriate research methods to gather information for their research projects.
  22. Develop and use appropriate rhetorical, logical, and stylistic criteria for assessing final versions of their compositions or research projects before presenting them to varied audiences
  23. Obtain information by using a variety of media and evaluate the quality of material they obtain.
  24. Explain how the techniques used in electronic media modify traditional forms of discourse for aesthetic and rhetorical purposes.
  25. Design and create coherent media productions with a clear controlling idea, adequate detail, and appropriate consideration of audience, purpose, and medium.

Also, students should have times of dedicated focus on library and study skills, British literature, American literature and World literature. Students should build on the tools of reading, writing, speaking, listening, and thinking (skills presented in both the elementary and middle school grades) and be provided with continued opportunities for developing communication skills, while focusing on analysis of the short story, novel, essay, drama, and poetry. Students should explore the major themes that authors have explored and develop higher critical/analytical reading and thinking skills.

My Teaching Library has many products perfectly designed to help high school students learn and master the skills and concepts listed above.

Here are my favorites

Pride and Prejudice Novel Study

Complete novel study for Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice (196 pages). Includes:
– Author’s Biography
– Novel Introduction
– Characters and Themes
– Quotes and Analysis
– Teaching Guides dividing the novel into 5 sections w/

  • Chapter Summaries, Thought Questions and Vocabulary
  • Student Handouts
  • Student Worksheets, Assessments & Keys
    – Final Assessments

Would you like a preview of MTL’s Pride and Prejudice Novel study? Click here and you’ll find the link to an instant preview download!

My Teaching Library also has a pdf copy of the book if you need it.

English 1 – Student Edition

Concepts covered:
– Using Technology / Navigating the Internet
– Reading – Improving a Skill for Life
– Writing/ Making Words Speak
– Writing / Using Strategies to Fine-Tune Writing
– Literature/ Discovering the World, Discovering ourselves.

Need the Teacher’s Edition? Get it here: English 1 – Teacher’s Guide (separate resource)

You may also what to check out these MTL resources as well…

My Teaching Library also has several Literary Companions that students need throughout high school!

In fact, there are over 120 ready to download resources on My Teaching Library to help your high school students learn many of the skills and concepts listed above!

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