Students continue to develop their language and communication skills toward becoming independent readers and writers. Students listen and respond to a variety of children’s literature, including selections from classic and contemporary works, which stimulates vocabulary development. Students learn decoding techniques to develop their reading skills. Students read stories, poems, and informational text (both orally and silently) which are appropriate in difficulty for their word recognition level and understanding. First semester emphasizes phonics; second semester emphasizes fluency and reading comprehension.
Students demonstrate knowledge and comprehension by asking and answering questions, retelling stories, predicting outcomes, and making and explaining inferences. Students develop their skills as writers, demonstrating the differences between phrases and sentences. Students organize information into stories and journals using grammatical rules. Students work to become proficient spellers.
The primary focal points of mathematics in Grade One are adding and subtracting whole numbers, and organizing and analyzing data. Students work to build a foundation of basic number theory, quantitative reasoning, geometric skills, algebraic thinking, and basic mathematical reasoning. Students use numbers to order, compare, label, and express quantities in relationship to solving mathematical problems. Students use informal language to analyze mathematical graphs, geometric properties, and measurement concepts. Students learn to use simple fractions, to tell time to the hour and half hour, and to count coins.
Religion is designed to assist students in learning key concepts of faith such as Law and Gospel, confession and repentance, forgiveness and grace. This is achieved in accordance with a specific focus on the person, attributes, and work of the Triune God. Students worship during weekly Chapel services and participate in regular service projects.
Students identify components of the natural world while learning to gather information, perform measurements, and draw conclusions. Topics including heat, natural resources, weather, physical health, symbiotic relationships, and living organisms are studied. Students are also exposed to systems and cycles of interaction in terms of space, time, energy, and matter. Students actively explore these properties and apply the components of the scientific method.
The focus of social studies is to develop a relationship between classroom, school, and community. Students piece together elements of chronology among past, present, and future events. Students design simple maps to identify the location of places in the classroom and the world. The value of goods, wants, and services is developed. Students identify historic and ordinary people who are examples of good citizens and study their importance in society. Students build a foundation in history, geography, economics, government, citizenship, and culture.
Grade One students begin the year by reviewing terminology and expressions from Kindergarten. These concepts assist in leading to the introduction of new Spanish terminology and its usage. Students learn more commands, numbers (0-20), birthdays, zoo animals, family, cultural celebrations, clothes, and school-related vocabulary. Students begin to learn the grammatical usage of the Spanish language by investigating and learning adjectives and prepositions.
Students acquire the knowledge and skills for movements that provide the foundation for enjoyment, social development, and a physically active lifestyle. The students learn fundamental movement and apply concepts dealing with space and body awareness. Students are engaged in activities that develop basic levels of strength, endurance, and flexibility. In addition, students learn to work safely in group and individual movement settings.
Students continue to develop their art skills by relying on their perceptions of the environment, memory, imagination, and life experiences. Art is integrated into the other subject areas.
Students learn the basics of pitch through the use of pentatonic solfege (do, re, mi, sol and la) in preparation for music literacy and continuing the development of their vocal technique. The concepts of beat, rhythm, tempo and dynamics continue to be emphasized through the use of songs, games and activities. Students participate in two performances each year: a Christmas Musical and a Spring Program. Classes meet two times per week for thirty minutes.
Students review the five major parts of a computer, the proper care of software and hardware, and identification of letters and numbers on the keyboard. Students will use appropriate terms as they begin using simulation programs to develop problem-solving skills. Under the guidance of the teacher, students use the web to enhance and extend other curricular areas.