First Grade Curriculum Overview
Daily Bible lessons and weekly chapel services reinforce familiarity with stories and parables from the Bible. Two lessons are covered weekly, and through Bible reading and practical application, the students are introduced to the different concepts of God’s Law and the Gospel. Students are shown the love God has for them through His son, Jesus Christ.
Reading and spelling are the main focus in the first grade Language Arts program. In addition to reading and spelling, the program stresses the importance of speaking and writing using phonics skills and word recognition.
Mathematics concepts such as addition, subtraction, grouping, graphing, measurement, counting money, fractions, and basic geometry are introduced using concrete and tangible teaching aids.
Science lessons based on units covering trees, sky, pond, geology, properties of matter, and the human body provide the students opportunities for hands-on learning through experimentation and observation.
Social Studies concepts are integrated by studying the development of families, food, clothing, homes, friends, and our country. Famous Americans are also studied.
Rhythm activities for first graders are more complex, yet similar to Kindergarten. Students have many opportunities to hear and respond to the beat and rhythm patterns in a variety of musical styles. Sense of rhythm is developed by singing, playing with instruments, creative movement, and musical games.
Art lessons help students develop a wide appreciation for visual art, introducing the components of art history, aesthetics, and criticism as well as art production. Hands-on experiences include drawing, water color, paper sculpture, paper mache, paper collage, print making, self portraits, sponge painting, paper making, crayon/paint relief, and bead jewelry.
The first grade physical education program is designed to build on all of the skills and learning worked on in Kindergarten and to increase proficiency and capability. Students become more aware of the value and enjoyment of physical activity and will begin using skills in game-like situations.
Spanish is introduced through song, rhyme, rhythm, and familiar fairy tales in the target language. No English is used. Vocabulary builds upon what is familiar in the classroom and is integrated with math, science, and art.
Study skills are encouraged by the use of decoding processes when reading, and by learning to utilize their time to complete assignments and projects. They are also encouraged to work in their study without disturbing others.