Lower School Academics
Gaining Independence and Adjusting to More Demanding Academics
Astounding progress is made in all areas of language arts in First Grade. The selected reading and writing program ensures the key principles for success - phonemic awareness, letter-sound association, letter formation, sight vocabulary, listening, thinking, comprehension, and spelling. All are taught thoroughly and creatively, and the students emerge as strong, independent readers and writers. The program is supplemented with leveled readers to meet individual needs.
Math is taught at an accelerated level - and success is ensured through direct instruction of incremental skills, student participation, hands-on activities, and repetition. Mental mathematics is an emphasis with multi-sensory approaches that build confidence and develop a solid foundation in the language and concepts necessary for a lifetime of success in mathematics. In both reading and mathematics, our children achieve to outstanding levels on standardized tests.
Social studies and science activities are woven into the curriculum, introducing interesting and exciting topics of study. Both reinforce the basic skills of reading, writing, and mathematics. First grade is an exciting time of growth, development, and learning, and the students are engrossed in various topics of study - including dinosaurs, astronauts, biology, and San Diego.
In encouraging leadership skills, a Star Student is chosen each week to be the leader of the class. The child illustrates an All About Me poster and presents it to the class, which gives the children an opportunity to learn more about each other and helps to personalize the program.
Simultaneously with all of this, students attend PE & Spanish class daily, as well as art, music, drama, library and technology on a weekly basis. The following information provides a “snapshot” in to the First Grade course overview during the autumn months:
Reading & Language Arts: Let’s Read; Animals; Things that Go
Mathematics: Computation; Time; Identifying patterns; Graphs; Even & odd numbers; Ordinal position; Polygons; Fractions
Science: Kinds of Living Things – differences in plants; differences in body coverings; animal adaptations; grouping animals; growth & change; life cycles
Social Studies: People Everywhere – Rights & individual responsibilities; varied backgrounds of American citizens
Character Education: Friendship; Responsibility, Courage
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