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First Grade

First grade offers a wonderful blend of learning and fun with a comprehensive curriculum built upon the completion of kindergarten. Our program establishes the highest yet most realistic expectations for our students in terms of curriculum, responsibilities, emotional, and social learning skills.

Reading/Language Arts
The emphasis of first grade Language Arts is to improve communication skills through activities that involve listening, reading, writing, speaking, creative and critical thinking skills. Structure handwriting, phonics and grammar skills are introduced along with book reports and journal writing.

Math
A rigorous math curriculum, Everyday Mathematics, builds a foundation of mathematical knowledge that in time enables students to move from the basics to higher-order thinking and critical problem solving. Rocket Math, a basic math-facts program and “Arithmetic Done Daily” are also included.

Science
Students focus on living things and their habitat, ocean and under sea life, the human body, an introduction to electricity, the solar system, and planet Earth. The science curriculum is a hands-on approach to learning the fundamental processes of science. Projects for solar system and animal habitats also enrich the curriculum.

History/Geography
Students will be introduced to early world civilization and modern culture studies as well as key components of American history. Units on ancient Egypt and modern Mexico are also included.

E-Beam technology enhances Math, Science, Social Studies and Reading/Language Arts.

What to expect from a 1st grader

  • A first grader can be described best as “industrious and enthusiastic”
  • It is an age of dramatic physical change – first graders are constantly in a hurry and anxious to finish things
  • A first grader experiences dramatic social change – the importance of friends begins to rival the importance of parents and teacher
  • It is an age of dramatic cognitive growth – they develop more mature skills in reasoning, visual work and logic
  • It is an age where students can become problem solvers and verbally begin to find solutions both in the classroom, and on the playground
  • For most, the pieces of the educational puzzle start to fall into place
  • To Challenge/Enhance the 1st Grader’s Experience, They Will Have
  • Many opportunities to work in small groups which allows them to begin developing character traits of cooperation, respect, sharing, and team-work
  • Longer blocks of time to explore concepts
  • More participation in educational programs like weekly spelling tests, A.R. comprehension quizzes, creative writing journals, unit tests, and memorizing addition facts
  • Service learning opportunities, serve as acolytes in chapel, and pray for each other, our school, and our world
  • Experience more opportunities to be “problem solvers” and learn that there are usually several ways to solve a problem
  • More opportunities to develop their learning- style and interests to be effective learners
  • A variety of learning opportunities with hands-on projects, teacher-guided units, workshops, and independent projects

Enrichment Classes                                   Special Activities & Events

Music                                                                Musical Program
Physical Education                                       Osteology Museum
Technology Education                                Oklahoma Science Museum & Planetarium
Library Education                                         Mom's Springtime Tea and Dads & Donuts Mini Concert
Chapel                                                             Gingerbread Houses & Fairytale Unit
Spanish                                                            Zoo Trip
Art                                                                     Hatch chickens
                                                                           Service Learning trip to Free to Live Animal Shelter