First Grade


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