God loves us is the theme for the Religion program at this level. Through this program, the children learn that Jesus teaches us about God’s love, that we are followers of Jesus, and that we belong to the Church and celebrate our faith. They become familiar with Bible stories from the Old and New Testaments, as well as the lives of the Saints. Children continue to learn traditional prayers and review those previously learned.
The Reading/Language Arts program develops skills in listening, reading, writing and speaking. The goal of the program is to enable the child to have meaningful reading experiences. Instructional skills include phonics, grammar, context clues, and background knowledge. Children learn to retell, summarize, sequence events, and read independently (silently and orally). The program enables them to blend vowels, consonants, and sounds into words. They recognize and use homophones, repetition, rhyme, and rhythm. Emphasis is placed on identifying complete and incomplete sentences, the use of capital letters, punctuation, and common parts of speech (noun, verb and adjective). Children develop skills in comprehension, spelling, and writing. They begin to build compound words and write contractions. Poetry, fiction, and nonfiction stories are discussed. Manuscript handwriting is also taught.
In Mathematics the student learns to add and subtract one-digit and two-digit numbers, to understand place value, identify fractions as parts of a whole, compare numbers, recognize and sequence patterns, and develop problem-solving strategies. Other concepts studied at this level include time, money, graphs, measurement, and geometric shapes.
The physical education curriculum provides for appropriate activities relating to the child’s physical development. Students develop gross motor skills according to each child’s developmental level. Activities include hopping, skipping, jumping, stretching, balancing, throwing, catching, striking, chasing, fleeing, and dodging. Students are introduced to organized play, games, relays and sports. Safety measures, as well as principles of good nutrition, health and hygiene are also introduced. Students have two forty minute classes each week.
In Social Studies children learn about the uniqueness of our culture, as well as cultures from around the world. They identify the basic needs of a family; recognize how families change, and how those changes affect its members. The importance of U. S. holidays, the need to protect resources for the future, the use of maps, globes, charts, and time lines are also studied.
Science concepts are explored using observation, demonstrations, and hands-on activities. The student learns about how living things grow and change. They learn about nutrition, dental health, weather, the earth, as well as about matter and energy.
Library / Computer
In Library, children practice library manners and listening skills. They learn the differences between fiction and non-fiction, listen to, and read a variety of books. The parts of a book (cover, spine, title page), and terms such as author, illustrator, and publisher are also taught.
In January Students will go to the computer lab.
In Technology, the student learns to identify parts of a computer, to open and close a document, and use basic word processing skills. The child also learns to start and exit a program as well as demonstrate the use of various paint tools.
In Art, the First grade student uses a wide variety of materials and media to create works of art that extend lessons already presented in the classroom. The child learns to use an assortment of art tools and techniques independently, to make connections between the visual arts and other disciplines, and learn to celebrate, record, and communicate with art.
In First Grade, we use (A,A+,A-,B,B+,B-,C,C+,C-,D,D+,D-,F) for our grading system. I send home test papers every Friday in their homework folders. You will find a signature sheet in the back of their folder. The signature sheet should be signed and dated. You may keep their test papers at home. If at any time you have any questions about your child’s grades, (including conduct) there is a form in the office you may fill out to make a private conference with me. This helps me to make sure I can give you the amount of time needed to speak about issues or concerns you may have.