The 1st grade day begins with a community building morning meeting that includes stories, singing, reading, sharing, and calendar math. Our 1st grade students develop a love of learning through building a strong foundation in reading, writing, and mathematical concepts.
Our reading curriculum includes systematic and explicit instruction in lessons in phonics, reading aloud, and shared reading, followed by time to practice skills taught, conference with teachers, and reflect and set goals. Students learn how to become more strategic readers in first grade through intensive phonics instruction bS blending sounds together. The systematic introduction of sounds and spellings, coupled with blending, develops independent readers in first grade. Students practice reading fluency and move from guided reading to independent reading. Students also utilize Raz-Kids, a digital literacy platform that provides comprehensive leveled texts for students, to enrich their reading skills. This platform allows for students to listen to, read at their own place, and record themselves reading, enhancing their fluency and comprehension skills.
Through our writing curriculum, first grade students learn how to write in complete sentences using correct capitalization and end punctuation and are introduced to different types of writing including poetry, informational, narrative, and opinion writing. First grade students continue to learn about the writing process in addition to spelling, grammar, usage, and mechanics. Students practice penmanship of writing uppercase and lowercase letters and numbers.
Through our math curriculum, Progress in Mathematics, students explore concepts in numbers, addition and subtraction, shapes, graphs, time and money, measurement, and fractions. The approach used builds deep conceptual understanding of key math skills and concepts at a developmentally appropriate level. In addition, to help students understand our number system and increase their number sense, we create number scrolls together.
In first grade, students become scientists as they observe, classify, and record data collected through science investigations. Four core areas of the first grade science curriculum include: light and shadows, sun and moon, natural resources, and plants and their environments. They learn about the world around them through studying about our world through social studies concepts.
Students participate in performances including Chapel presentations of Mother Goose, Little Red Hen, and The Little Engine That Could performances that build confidence and pride. Students also participate in special classes including music, PE, art, Spanish, technology, and library one-two times each week.