In first grade, reading and phonics are taught together through A beka and Storytown curriculum. Combining these curriculums gives the students a strong foundation in phonics, as well as developing reading skills in accuracy, fluency, and expression. Students are given opportunities to apply all phonics rules learned while systematically completing the A beka reading series for First Grade. Students will learn various comprehension skills and strategies to help strengthen their knowledge and understanding of reading.
In first grade, students are taught to recognize and decode multi-syllable words and compound words, words with prefixes, suffixes, synonyms, antonyms, homonyms, and contractions. Students are given the opportunity to practice skills learned within large group instruction, small groups, and independent work. Students will have a weekly spelling test to assess handwriting skills and their application of phonics rules taught in class.
In first grade, students learn to use words effectively to express their thoughts and emotions. Students are taught grammar rules (capital letters, punctuation marks, complete sentences) that govern written language and apply these rules to their writing. First graders will be able to recognize nouns, verbs, adjectives, and adverbs and use them to write complete and thoughtful sentences. Students will learn to write cards, letters, poems, stories, postcards, recipes, book reviews, and research reports throughout first grade. Students will be given the opportunity to express their thoughts and ideas in a journal throughout the year.
In first grade, students develop skills in number sense and recognition. Students use manipulatives to explore and learn about the concepts of whole numbers, ordinals, place value, time, patterning, measurement, estimating, fractions, money, and attributes. They will also learn to manipulate numbers in addition and subtraction facts. First graders will plan and solve all types of problems and be introduced to critical thinking and problem solving techniques.
In first grade, students learn about many different places around the world. Students will learn about the United States of America and develop an understanding of their city, state, country, and world. Students will look deeper into American studies, learning about community helpers, American leaders, and special events in American history. They will investigate various maps and the meaning of their symbols. First graders will learn about our great country and their responsibility to become good citizens.
In first grade, students discover God’s world through science. Students will have the opportunity to study themselves, their toys, animals, insects, plants, and seasons. First graders learn to observe, investigate, predict, and experiment through various activities.
In first grade, students learn about and study God’s word. First graders learn about people from the Old Testament, Jesus the Savior, and the early Church. Students learn that the Bible is true and applicable to their lives and are challenged to live a life that is pleasing to God. First graders also learn that God communicates with us through His word and we can communicate with Him through prayer, worship, and service.