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First Grade

Welcome to first grade! As first grade teachers, we ensure that there are strong connections made with each student, so we are able to focus on the whole child and their spiritual and academic excellence. Our classroom communities are Christ centered, focusing on each student's individual needs. Through hands-on learning, our students expand their knowledge to create a strong foundation for a lifetime of learning. Our team celebrates childhood and happy hearts while keeping learning engaging. We feel incredibly fortunate to partner with parents to help our students become the best they can be.

The First Grade Team

Bible

Using Positive Action for Christ’s elementary series, the theme for this year is Enjoying God’s Gifts. This curriculum is comprised of four primary truths: God created the universe, key figures of the Old Testament were placed by God for a reason, Jesus is our inspiration and hope, and we must be obedient to God. First grade’s mission project is “Quilting for Christ” which has the students working together to make quilts for both local and global mission projects. Students are led in daily prayers and are expected to memorize and recite key Bible verses.

Math

Using Progress in Mathematics, students are exposed to a variety of mathematical functions, including: patterns, number comparison, number grids/lines, time and money, measurement, place value, shapes, and problem solving. Hands on activities and manipulatives help to reinforce each lesson.

Phonics and Language Arts

Continuing their study of phonics, students utilize sound-symbol connections, consonant blends, and word study skills. In Grammar, students will continue to practice correct capitalization, ending punctuation, and sentence formation. With that knowledge, students in first grade will write on a variety of topics, including a research report on their favorite animal.

Reading

Utilizing a variety of literature styles in the Journeys reading program, students continue to build on their fundamental reading comprehension skills like: visualization, retelling, sequence of events, character, story structure, predicting, cause and effect, summarization, and questioning. Students are exposed to both fiction and non-fiction works and are encouraged to read independently on a daily basis.

Science

Students are engaged in a multitude of sensory ways to explore the world around them. Topics covered include: weather, air and water, light, sound, matter, magnets, and living vs. non-living things. A field trip to the Fernbank Science Museum allows the children to gain hands on experience in these fields of study.

Social Studies

Students study our great nation in more detail. They explore goods and services, U.S. holidays and symbols, Presidents, and inventors. In conjunction with map skills, the students learn about the continent of North America by exploring our neighboring countries of Mexico and Canada.