First Grade Program
Danielle Davis – Certification: B.S. Degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education and Special Education
FIRST GRADE CURRICULUM
In addition to dealing with boundless energy levels and intense emotions, children in first grade will face new responsibilities and will take more ownership of their homework assignments. They will continue to learn patience and cooperation with others. The emphasis in first grade is on developing your child’s reading, math, social studies, science and physical education skills. Although some skills will resemble those your 6-year-old learned in kindergarten, keep in mind that first grade is mostly about mastering lessons previously taught.
Language and Literacy development is encouraged by exposing children to more advanced reading materials including simple rhymes, patterned stories, and beginner non-fiction books. Morning messages, journal entries, shared reading/writing experiences, and literature selections are utilized to enhance literacy skills.
First graders begin to grasp more abstract mathematical concepts. Children are introduced to time, money, and the meaning of numbers greater than those they can count. Because first graders still learn best by working with physical objects, teachers give children materials to use during math lessons such as number cubes, pattern blocks, and color rods.
In Science, teachers encourage first graders to find their own answers to questions about the natural world and to learn to find patterns in that world.
First-grade social studies are framed by the concrete world of family, school, and neighborhood. First graders will learn to tell the difference between events that happened in the past, present, and future, even though they may not be ready to match real meanings to different time intervals.
GENERAL SKILLS AND CONCEPTS
- Listening / Speaking Skills
- Alphabet Skills
- Phonemic Awareness
- Emergent Reading Skills
- Handwritting Skills
- Care of Books
- Calendars / Days / Months
- Counting / Writing Numbers
- Patterns / Shapes
- Clocks / Time
- Coins / Money
- Addition / Subtraction
- Scientific Discoveries
- Artistic Expressions
- Music / Movement
Our Bible curriculum focuses on helping students understand that God is their creator, who loves and cares deeply for them. The students continue to develop and deepen their relationship with God as they listen to Bible lessons, memorize scripture, sing praise songs, and pray together during morning devotion and Bible class. Scripture memorization is utilized and Bible characters are studied so students will learn to trust in God’s promises and apply Godly virtues to their lives.
Children learn best through exposure to a quality classroom curriculum as well as interesting ideas and materials. Our Elementary classes provide the necessary space and learning tools for children to build and strengthen their academic skills.
We believe that knowledge of God and His Word is an important component of every child’s development. Bible stories, songs, and prayer are integrated into the curriculum topics and are practiced in our daily routines.