This book series does not just contain lists of what Hirsh feels the children should know at this grade, but it gives the actual information to teach it to them, the story to read aloud, etc. Intended for a parent to use with their child, especially geared toward schooled children with parents tutoring them after school to make sure the school is not leaving the child with gaps. If you are interested in that type of information I also recommend reading William Bennett's "The Educated Child" (in which he uses Hirsh's guidelines for what children in America need to know). This book is one in a series, they go up to 8th grade.
Since no school is perfect and can cover everything, use this book as a great way of ensuring that your chilren receive an outstanding education. This book gives a good selection of classic children's stories, fun poems, singable songs, wise fables, and other works that are fun to read. It also gives great introductions to American history, world history, science, art and much more. What you see in this book is what your child should be learning at an ideal school.
This book has great resources for newer homeschoolers. You can read a science or history lesson stright out of the book. The book has some interesting pictures to share with your child. I used this book as a supplement with my main curriculum. There is more information in this book than you will be able to cover in one year with a first grader.
This series is a great one if you homeschool, or even if you're just looking to fill in the gaps of your child's knowledge base. A fairly easy read, plus, it's easy to pick and choose what you want to introduce or leave out. Would work as a basic cirriculum as well.
An excellent supplement for homeschooling. Sections are: Reading, Writing, and Your Kindergartner; Literature; Familiar and Favorite Poems; Aesop's Fables; World History and Geography; American History and Geography; Visual Arts; Do You Like Music?; Favorite Songs; Patterns and Classifications; Numbers and Number Sense; Money; Computation; Measurement; Geometry; Plants and Plant Growth; Seasons and Weather; Animals and Their Needs; The Human Body; Taking Care of the Earth; An Invisible Force: Magnetism; Stories about Scientists. I have extensively used everything but the section on Math at this point, and I particularly enjoy the Literature and Fables in the book. Great read alouds, but not very many pictures.