Through the assessment process your advisor will help you...

Choose a Historical Cycle

Cycle selection based on your child's composition and reading skills, and aligning your family's studies.

Choose a Science

Science selection based on aligning your family's studies.

Choose a Math Program

Program selection based on math skills mastered and learning style.

Select English Mechanics

Personalize the study of skills that complement composition instruction: reading skill, grammar, spelling, and penmanship.

Select a Language

We prefer students study Latin, but gladly accept German, Italian, French, or Spanish.

Typical course of study for Grade 1. Appropriate for Grades K - 2.

The following lists our core recommendations for students in Grade 1. You will not be buying every book or only the books listed. Students have a wide variety of abilities and aptitudes; schooling — especially homeschooling — needs to be adapted to different children in different ways. Your advisor will work with you to (a) match each child’s strengths and weaknesses to specific materials; (b) combine your students in texts and subjects as often as possible; (c) choose a religion, history and science focus for the family for the year; and (d) weave materials you may already have or would prefer to use into your family’s course plan.



Daily Personal Writing [Semester 1 and 2]

  • No text required.,

Rdg&Spell Skills [Semester 1 and 2]

  • Little Angel Readers Set A-D: Readers, Workbooks, and Teacher’s Manual, Linda Bromeier, M.Ed.
  • Article: "Growing" Flashcards,
  • Article: Tracking Exercises,
  • Article: The First 100 Words,

Penmanship [Semester 1 and 2]

  • Handwriting Without Tears 2: Printing Power, Jan Olsen
  • Handwriting Without Tears 2nd Grade Printing Teacher's Guide, Jan Z. Olsen and Emily F. Knapton
  • Handwriting Without Tears: Slate Chalkboard, Jan Olsen

Classical Language Arts I [Semester 1 and 2]

With its Level 1 workbook.
  • COMPLETE WRITER, Writing with Ease: Instructor's Text for Levels 1-4, Susan Wise Bauer
  • COMPLETE WRITER, Writing with Ease: Level 1 Workbook, Susan Wise Bauer, Peter Buffington


Thumbnail example of the packet of recommendations prepared for each student by the planning advisor.

Primary Math I [Semester 1 and 2]

  • Math U See Alpha: Universal kit, Math U See
  • Optional: Math U See Alpha: "Level Up Set", Math U See


Catechetical Primers [Semester 1 and 2]

  • The Beatitudes for Children, Rosemarie Gortler & Donna Piscitelli; Mimi Sternhagen, illustrator
  • Little Acts of Grace, Rosemarie Gortler & Donna Piscitelli; Mimi Sternhagen/Illustrator
  • Just Like Mary, Rosemarie Gortler, Donna Piscitelli; Mimi Sternhagen/Illustrator
  • The Mass Book for Children, Rosemarie Gortler & Donna Piscitelli; Mimi Sternhagen/Illustrator
  • Living the 10 Commandments for Children, Rosemarie Gortler & Donna Piscitelli; Mimi Sternhagen/Illustrator
  • Seeds of Faith for Children, Rosemarie Gortler & Donna Piscitelli; Mimi Sternhagen/illustrator

Religion 1 [Semester 1 and 2]

See "Art Apprec & Analysis" below.
  • Faith and Life 1: Our Heavenly Father (Student Book), Daria Sockey
  • DOWNLOAD: Art-with-an-Active-Eye Notebook Worksheet, St. Thomas Aquinas Academy


Cultural Literacy [Semester 1 and 2]

  • Five in a Row, Volume 1 (2nd Edition), Jane Claire Lambert


Literature (K-3) [Semester 1 and 2]

  • A Landscape With Dragons: The Battle for Your Child’s Mind, Michael O’Brien
  • Paideia Program, Mortimer J. Adler
  • Five in a Row, Volume 1 (OUT-OF-PRINT; SEE NEW EDITION), Jane Claire Lambert


Music Appreciation [Quarter 2]

  • Classical Kids CDs,

Art Practice [Semester 1 and 2]

  • Ed Emberley’s Drawing Book of Animals, Ed Emberley

Art Apprec & Analysis [Semester 1 and 2]

Faith & Life 1 only; see Religion 1 above.
  • Faith and Life 1: Our Heavenly Father (Student Book), Daria Sockey
  • Faith and Life 4: Jesus Our Guide (Student Book),
  • DOWNLOAD: Art-with-an-Active-Eye Notebook Worksheet, St. Thomas Aquinas Academy


Nature Study [Semester 2]

  • The Nature Connection: An Outdoor Workbook, Clare Walker Leslie
  • Saints & Seasons of the Liturgical Year: A Hands-On Religion Resource, Catholic Heritage Curricula


Latin Chant [Quarter 3]

  • Minimum Repertoire of Plain Chant, Julia Fogassy

What questions can we answer for you?

We would love to hear from you!  Please reach out with your questions by phone or email, schedule a courtesy telephone consultation with an advisor, or submit an enrollment application if you are ready to start planning for the upcoming school year.


We have all enjoyed the way STAA ties the courses together for the whole family.

Alyse M.


Thanks for all you do on your end to help make our homeschooling academically, intellectually, spiritually, and morally enriching!!



My advisor helps me to understand what needs to be done and how to make it really fun for the kids. What I really like are the tips she gives me for dealing with the little ones while trying to school the older ones.



This is our first year homeschooling. STAA and [our advisor] have made this a very easy transition. We have had a great year!

Gwen H.


I really don't know what I would do without your kindness, and very helpful advice. You are a blessing to our family.



The assessment testing was quick and easy to do, so I didn't expect much valuable feedback. Boy was I wrong!!! It was like my advisor had met my kids and spent hours/days with them.

Mary Ellen


We have been so very happy with our first year with STAA! Thank you for walking me through it and for all the fantastic resources and materials we are using. There is not one we don't like!



Our family so enjoyed our wonderful relationship with STAA as our [son] worked his way through high school. It was a wonderful and outstanding experience for him and we continue to suggest your program to all those who are looking for an excellent homeschool experience.

Debra S.


Since I am writing, I will also sing more praises of the Greek Studies plan. [My daughter] moaned over the timed-essay and then did very well. So easy to implement with the choose one reflection topic from each subject and then get ready, get set, go! Apparently the school also gave suggestions for the process essay in "Format Writing." Thank you! For a mom of many this is real time saver.

Alisa from Indiana

mother of 9th grade daughter and several STAA graduates

The academy works as a team to accomplish for your family specific ideas or needs for education, but more importantly, what each individual in your family needs, even Mom.



God bless you for the job you are doing -- the peace you have helped us find as a family is priceless!



We can’t imagine going without these wonderful, enhanced lesson plans! Thank you!

On the STAA Study Guides


I especially appreciate the advice and wise counsel I receive from the St. Thomas Aquinas Academy staff during our phone appointments and their understanding of my children's needs.

Stephen T.


It is a thrill to receive the delightfully arranged weekly guidelines from STAA that keep us on track but allow for flexibility.

Dee Dee C.


I can honestly say that our children have blossomed into well rounded individuals because of your program.

Diane B.