In first grade, our focus is to build skills both socially and academically throughout all subject areas. Literacy centers and guided reading instruction allows for students to explore and practice writing, manipulate sound and spelling patterns, develop vocabulary, and learn various reading strategies needed to become a fluent, independent reader. Our Writer’s Workshop program supports and develops communication skills, stamina, spelling, and fine motor skills through handwriting. We also work on developing and enhancing fundamental skills in addition and subtraction facts, number sense, patterning, and problem solving. We learn about sacraments, and what the church believes, celebrates, lives, and prays.
First graders have the opportunity to host events for the special people in their lives. These special days focus around Language/Creative Arts and include Grandparent’s Day in November, Donuts for Dad in February, and Mother’s Day Tea in May.
In Science, students learn through hands-on activities about living organisms, weather, states of matter, and force/motion. Activities in both Science and Social Studies focus on making connections through knowledge, strategies, skills, and vocabulary.