First Grade Curriculum
Reading,Writing, and Spelling
The first grade uses the Slingerland® Approach. This is a simultaneous, multi-sensory approach to speaking, reading, writing and spelling. It incorporates the auditory, visual, and kinesthetic motor channels of learning.
We use a variety of poetry and texts, including the Reading A-Z program. This provides opportunities to tailor the program to fit individual needs, and for students to develop their reading/language skills.
We work on multiple skills including:
- High frequency and sight word vocabulary (words that do not sound out)
- Vowels and their different sounds/combinations
- Using context and picture clues
- Parts of a story
- Comprehension strategies
Writing is an integral part of the reading process. In addition to guided reading groups, we work on guided writing. We focus on writing for a variety of purposes: to tell a story, making lists, letters, expository writing, and writing in the content area. We address writing ideas, organization, voice, word choice, sentence fluency, and conventions. Our goal is that all of the pieces begin to come together by the end of the year.
It is exciting to watch first graders develop their reading and writing skills. Sometimes the strides they make are so small, yet even these small steps are essential for a solid foundation. Patience, understanding, and support are crucial to your child’s success. At times a first grade day can be compared to Goldilock’s search through the three bears’ house: too hard, too easy, just right!
Spelling begins in mid-September. Each week the students will have eight spelling words.
First grade uses the FOSS Science program. This program provides hands-on learning of a variety of scientific concepts through themes. The first grade themes are:
- Air and Weather
- Sound and Light
- Plants and Animals
In social studies we focus on several topics including:
- Black History Month
- National holidays
- Important people in history
Social studies is integrated throughout the curriculum. This year we will use Social Studies Weekly, which is an educational classroom magazine focusing on topics in history, government, and civics.
First grade uses the Sadlier “We Believe” religion series. It focuses on our individual uniqueness, God’s love for us, the gifts God has given us including Jesus and our faith. It covers the student learning expectations from the Seattle Archdiocese for first grade religion curriculum. We will also focus on the important religious celebrations of Advent, Christmas, Lent and Easter. Students have multiple opportunities for prayer in the classroom. We also learn traditional Catholic prayers: The Sign of the Cross, The Our Father, Hail Mary, and the Glory Be.
The Self-Regulation Curriculum will be integrated throughout the school year. The weekly lessons will include:
- Executive Function
- Emotional Regulation
- Sensory Processing
- Social Awareness
This year our math series is Envisionmath 2.0. “Content is developed with focus, coherence, and rigor. This attention to rigor reflects the balance of conceptual understanding, procedural skill and fluency, and applications in the Common Core Standards” (Envisionmath, Scott Foresman and Addison Wesley). We focus on major curriculum guidelines for math including:
- whole number relationships
- addition and subtraction
- geometric attributes
- concepts of measurement
- representing data including: tallies, graphing, tables and pictures
- reasoning, problem-solving and communicating