First Grade Curriculum
Our balanced reading program includes a wide range of reading experiences, including reading to children, reading with children, and independent reading by children. The skills of literacy are developed, practiced and reinforced in the context of interacting with a wide range of literature. Our reading program is divided into three parts: independent practice, small skills groups (guided reading), and whole group reading process sessions.
The skills group is somewhat like a traditional reading group (it is grouped flexibly). The skills (i.e. phonics, decoding) are taught in the context of a complete book.
The large group reading session consists of instruction using anchor texts of all genres. Comprehension strategies and characteristics of a good reader are modeled to enhance independent reading behaviors and develop metacognitive skills needed by critical thinkers. Thinking Maps will be utilized to share the critical thinking process in written form.
Children are exposed to a variety of genres such as personal narrative, informational, and opinion writing. Teachers think aloud while modeling writing using quality children's literature as mentor texts. Shared writing experiences build skills that are later applied into independent work.
Children’s earliest experiences with mathematics build the foundation for the work they will be asked to do in coming years. If children are to be successful in the study of mathematics, it is vital that the mathematics they learn is meaningful to them. Composing and decomposing numbers are skills that all mathematicians use as they compute. Mastery of the facts starts at the conceptual level as children learn about numbers and are integrated in many ways to build solid number sense. Bridges in Mathematics is a standards based curriculum that follows NCTM (The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics) guidelines. Other supplemental programs are utilized to meet individual needs. Our focus is to build solid conceptual understanding of foundational skills and strategies in mathematics.
We utilize scientific inquiry using the FOSS program as our basis for instruction. Children are active participants in hands-on exploration and content is integrated throughout the day. First Grade units are Life Science (Plants and Insects), Physical Science (Solids and Liquids), and Earth Science (Sand, Pebbles, and Silt).
We utilize the Social Studies Alive program as our basis for instruction. Our units cover families, communities, and leaders. Beginning map skills are also introduced.
Music, physical education, art and computer technology instruction are on a rotating basis. Please consult the schedule and help your child to wear the proper footwear on P.E. days.