First Grade Course Listings
First grade students increase their awareness of the similarities and differences in line, color, texture, and form and identify patterns in the environment. Students combine shapes, lines, and colors in new ways to create complex images in drawings. Students invent patterns and develop skills in organization. Students increase fine motor skills by manipulating constructions of paper, cardboard, and clay. Students experiment freely, drawing and identifying objects from different cultures and places. First graders recognize that artists use a variety of ways to share their ideas about many subjects such as themselves, their families, and their traditions. By viewing and discussing a variety of artists’ works, students identify genres by subject such as landscapes and portraits. First graders evaluate art pieces naturally and begin to use art vocabulary to describe art concepts. They improve listening skills and learn to show respect when listening to others’ opinions.
The first grade Bible curriculum is designed to teach students about God's interaction with man. Students will become familiar with major Bible characters and should develop positive attitudes from Bible teachings. They will learn of God's power and His love for mankind as we infuse God's teachings in all subjects.
The first grade math curriculum is designed to promote growth and understanding of number concepts: addition, subtraction, telling time, money, fractions and problem solving.
Students will learn basic computer parts, mouse skills, light word processing, awareness of the internet through the use of online curriculum-based learning sites, and graphics lessons using paint software. Students will be able to type complete sentences (including shift for capital letters, space bar for spacing and punctuation keys).
First grade students engage in a variety of activities, including development of the singing voice and singing a variety of simple songs. The Orff approach to music education is used to develop rhythmic abilities through use of body percussion and instruments. Students listen to classical music and learn about the lives of composers. Movement is used through singing games, following a leader, and creative expression. Children perform twice a year, once in a musical, and again as part of a large ensemble for parents and grandparents.
The language arts curriculum encompasses guided reading, literacy centers, spelling and various genres of writing. A reading specialist and a reading assistant are utilized to monitor each student's progress throughout the year.
Physical Education (PE)
The Physical Education curriculum is based on teaching the students locomotive skills such as running, jumping, hopping, galloping, sliding, and skipping, as well as teaching manipulative skills such as throwing, catching, and kicking. Through these activities, students are taught how to cooperate with others using various games and exercise activities. The goal for the physical education program is to lead students into activities that promote lifelong healthy habits.
In the science lab, students experience hands-on activities that allow them to explore and investigate science in the environment in which we live. Our study includes the components of a Green School curriculum, earth science, physical science, health science, states of matter, the five senses, and weather.
The first grade social studies curriculum is woven through our reading and writing programs throughout the year. Through community service projects, children experience how to be productive members of society.
First Grade learns simple greetings, numbers 0-30, colors, following two part directions, the days of the week, fruits, simple commands, expressing how they feel, what they like, body parts, how to describe themselves, hot, cold, please, thank you, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, classroom objects, special holidays, and seasons through songs, culture, games, and hands on activities. All grade levels learn Christian songs.