The first grade curriculum has an emphasis on developing strong reading skills. We work to hear, identify, and manipulate individual sounds (phonemes) in spoken words and print. Reading and Writing are practiced across all subject areas, as the ability to read and comprehend are the foundation for success in education.
First grade is a year where children gain independence as they are given more responsibilities in the classroom. We spend a significant amount of time learning character development and conflict resolution.
Our first grade class takes three field trips each year. These field trips are planned by the K-3 teachers and are designed to support the curriculum.
Religion is incorporated in everything we do in our classroom. We are first and foremost Christians. Together, we practice living out our faith in words and actions.
Reading: “Treasures,” published by MacMillan/McGraw Hill
Math: “Go Math” published by Houghton-Mifflin
Religion: “One in Christ,” published by Concordia Publishing House
Science: “Science: A Closer Look,” published by MacMillan/McGraw Hill
Social Studies: “People and Places,” published by MacMillan/McGraw Hill
Handwriting: “Handwriting Without Tears,” by Jan Z. Olsen, OTR and Emily F. Knapton
Health: “Health and Wellness,” published by MacMillan/McGraw Hill
Art: “Art Express,” published by Harcourt Brace & Company
Music: led by Mr. Maichel
– Introductions to Beat, Pitch, Dynamics, and Tempo
– Special unit on Carnival of the Animals