First Grade Curriculum & Academics

STUDENT/TEACHER RATIO:• 20:1
SPIRITUAL & SOCIAL
BIBLE:• Getting students to recognize their need of Christ as their personal Savior.
• Encourage Christ likeness in students & how to apply Bible knowledge to daily lives.
• Provide a systematic plan for the practice of Bible skills.
• Connect the Bible to events with historical events & correlate other subjects with Bible teaching.
• Textbook: Purposeful Design.
• Special Activities: ACSI Bible Verse Memorization.
CHAPEL:• 35-45 Minutes, 1 Day a Week (With all elementary student body).
ACADEMICS
MATHEMATICS:• Emphasis on addition, subtraction, multiplication, & division.
• Patterns, number theory, and place value.
• Measurements, time, & money.
• Touch on geometry, algebra, probability, statistics, & technology.
• Lots of hands-on activities, manipulatives, & “Mad-Dog Math”.
• Textbook: Go Math.
LANGUAGE ARTS & READING:• Focus on phonemic awareness, sounds and spellings, blending, dictation and spelling, reading Big Books, writing, and workshops.
• Preparing to read lesson formats: Warming up activities, phonemic awareness activities, and letter knowledge.
• In the last 4 Big Books, children will have more of an emphasis on reading comprehension skills. Will do independent writing activities and research.
• Emphasis in many activities that focus on independent and collaborative writing exercises, vocabulary skills, grammar, usage & mechanics, listening, speaking, viewing skills, & penmanship.
• Textbooks: Open Court Reading Program (SRA/McGraw Hill)-Each student has own Phonics Skills workbook, Comprehension & Language Arts Workbooks. Learning Headquarters Writing Program.
SPELLING & HANDWRITING:• Spelling program strengthens reading and writing ability.
• Spelling strategies, such as word sorting by phonetic pattern.
• Developing vocabulary through word study.
• Uses the writing process to compose original stories pervade the books.
• Handwriting emphasizes methods to produce legible handwriting. The keys to legibility are: Shape, size, spacing, and slant. Each of these concepts are taught in the handwriting program.
• Textbooks: Spelling, Grade 1 by Purposeful Design (ACSI) & Handwriting, Grade 1 (Zaner-Bloser).
SCIENCE: • Unit One: Emphasis on Life Sciences-Animals.
• Unit Two: Emphasis on Physical Science-Movement & Machines.
• Unit Three: Life Science-Human Body.
• Unit Four: Earth & Science.
• Each unit has a Christian emphasis with many hands-on activities and experiments.
• Textbook: Purposeful Design (ACSI).
SOCIAL STUDIES:• Program covers all California standards.
• 6 units covering the following subjects: Rules & Responsibilities, Expanding Children’s Geographic World, Our Nation’s Symbols & Holidays, Changes-Now & Long Ago, Developing Cultural Awareness, and Expanding Children’s Economic World.
HOMEWORK:• 10 minutes per night & 20 minutes of reading per night.
ENRICHMENT CLASSES
COMPUTER:At Grace we love to have fun with technology. During our weekly sessions in the computer lab, we explore technology and teach students to use it in a fun, safe and responsible way. Whether the kids are learning math, language arts or science, we use technology to enhance the classroom experience.
• Expand on the features of previous programs.
• Keyboarding basics.
• Microsoft Word.
• Internet navigation and safety.
SPANISH:Our Spanish curriculum is an interactive curriculum using mainly music, games and fun activities to make learning a positive experience. Our curriculum also includes a Christian program in Spanish. This involves activities such as coloring and some workbook activities to reinforce Christian principals and to express God’s love. The students will also learn some Sunday school and Christmas songs throughout the year.
• Learn basic listening and speaking skills such as using common social greetings and simple repetitive phrases.
• Learn to ask and answer simple questions using simple sentences.
• Students will begin to speak with a few words by using single words or phrases.
• Be able to respond to simple directions.
• Basic greeting skills, basic personal introduction skills, the Spanish alphabet, colors, parts of the body, numbers 1 – 20, expressing simple emotions, animals, food items and meals of the day, special holidays and traditions.
ART:Our Art Program focuses on the basic elements and principles of Art encompassing past and present artists with various styles and techniques. Each student will create their own Art portfolio with the collection of all their art work throughout the year. Students use sketchbooks every class for design, practice, discovery, and exploration. Each month is dedicated to a specific artist, skill or theme, and creative projects are varied according to the grade level. It is believed that Art develops critical thinking and problem solving skills that will empower students throughout their lives. Our goal is to expose and educate students to appreciate the diversity in all art forms. Every year we build upon the skills and introduce new medium and tools.
• Students are able to recognize & discuss different art works, express feelings with pattern & design, and recognize subject matter like portrait, landscape, & still life.
LIBRARY:The main objectives of our Library Program are to encourage students to develop a love of reading, help students select books appropriate to their age and reading levels based on Lexile reading scores, and to provide opportunities to build reading comprehension through the Reading Counts Program.
• Learn parts of a book.
• Fiction & Non-Fiction, & literary genres.
• Learn appropriate book selection and develop reading comprehension.
MUSIC:In our Music Program, students will learn the art of performance as they prepare for two or more performances during the year. Through performing, students will gain self-confidence, stage presence, plus musical and theater experience. Students will be taught how to audition and will play theater games to develop skills. During the rehearsal process for the spring musical, students learn to project, acting, & re-acting. Students will also begin the foundation on which they will build, year after year, the tools needed in which to learn how to read music. These tools include, identifying rhythms, notes, & dynamic markings. The process by which they will learn is mostly playing musical games and activities. In addition, students will learn how to properly sing, including breath control. Students will also focus more on difficult aspects of music theory.
PHYSICAL EDUCATION:The Physical Education Program focuses on fitness and health concepts, skill development and sportsmanship. The goal is to provide each student the tools needed to lead healthy and active lifestyles with a positive attitude. Includes Presidential Fitness Program.
• Balance, coordination, flexibility, & motor skills, as well as manipulative skills.

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