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Our Philosophy:

First grade is an important year for student growth.  This is a year where students make great strides both academically and socially.  We strive to create a warm, safe learning environment where students are able to take academic risks and succeed. Students begin to gain independence in their school work and start to construct their problem solving skills. 

First Grade Curriculum:

Religion

Students learn about God’s love through classroom experiences, weekly attendance at Mass, weekly participation in the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, daily prayer, and using our daily religion program and student materials called Blest Are We. The first graders focus on the liturgical seasons. .  In the Spring first grade does the Child Lures School Program. This program helps to foster child personal safety by teaching children skills to protect themselves.

Language Arts

We use the SRA Imagine It Reading Program which is a comprehensive program that is researched based.  The program includes a daily activities in phonemic awareness, comprehension, and language arts.   The phonemic awareness component includes understanding how to use the sound spelling cards along with building on their knowledge of rhyme and letter sound fluency.  In this section the children are introduced to blending and making words.  The comprehension component gives the students wonderful literature that enables them to learn several strategies that will help them to understand how to ask questions, make predictions, and understand author’s craft.  The language arts component includes grammar, writing, and spelling.  However students do not start the spelling component until spring after students have a strong grasp of sound spelling cards.

Math

We use Pearson’s enVisions Math Program.  This program uses a wide variety of hands on materials and resources such as manipulatives, scales, and center games.  It also uses online visuals and interactive stories to help students understand the different math concepts being taught along with writing.  The first grade focuses on adding and subtracting fluently, measurement, time, geometry, and an introduction to fractions.

Science

In first grade concepts include plants life cycle and functions; animals life cycle, survival, and traits; patterns of sun, moon, and start, and seasonal patterns; and the last topic in science is understanding the wave properties of light and sound, along with shadows.  Students conduct simple experiments in class and take relevant field trips to give them real life examples.

Social Studies

Students are introduced to four main topics: history, economics, geography, and government.  In history the students learn to look at how people live through the past, the present, and the future.  Economics gives students the chance to understand how people earn money through goods and services, wants and needs, and the connection between producers and consumers.  Constructing maps, understanding the different land masses, and the physical or human characteristics is what first graders learn in geography.  In government the students will learn how decisions are made and conflicts are resolved along with being able to recognize our country’s symbols.

Handwriting

The Handwriting Without Tears program teaches students how to form letters correctly. The program introduces letters to students in a developmental order, thus ensuring mastery of each skill.

Workshop

This is a learning opportunity during the day that is student driven and reinforces skills learned in the lessons taught during the day.  It provides the teacher an opening to meet with students and work on individual MAP goals.

Enrichment Opportunities:

  • Reading Support Program
  • Math Support Program
  • Accelerated Reader
  • NCCE Day
  • Reading Buddies

Other enrichment opportunities include art, music, gym, library, computer, Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, field trips, assemblies, classroom speakers, and cooking activities.

Extended School:

  • After school Latch Key from 3:15 to 6:00pm.
  • Chess Club
  • Bowling
  • Music Lessons
  • Girl Scouts
  • Engineering for Kids (ask our school for session days and times or go to engineeringforkids.com)

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How to get ready for First Grade:

Before coming to first grade, students should be able to do the following:

  • know their colors
  • know all the letters in the alphabet and be able to write all upper and lower case letters as well as begin to associate letter sounds
  • recognize and write numbers up to 30
  • listen attentively to a story and be able to recall facts and information
  • be able to follow multi-step instructions
  • be able to maintain personal belongings (desk, locker, backpack, take-home folder)
  • be able to wait their turn
  • have the ability to control their voices (example: “inside” and “outside” voices)
  • have appropriate self-control; have a concept of “personal space”
  • be able to tie their shoes, button buttons, zip coats, etc.

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Preach the Gospel at all times. If necessary, use words.

– St. Francis of Assisi