Carrie Evans and Kelly Huppenthal
First-graders are eager to participate in activities that build the foundation for a lifetime of acquiring, organizing, and using information. The curriculum supports and encourages a balance of rich learning activities for each child and provides an excellent start for their academic careers.
Our program supports young readers by involving students in stories, poems and non-fiction works. Our school uses the readers' and writers' workshop model to instruct our students as independent learners focused on reading and responding to literature, communicating with others, and understanding English language conventions. Our program emphasizes a balanced approach and includes interactive read aloud, shared reading, guided reading, independent reading, word study, literature study, writers' workshop, and independent writing.
Our program is based on Math Investigations, which allow students to develop their own mathematical reasoning and use their communication skills in small groups. Students build their ability to compute and solve problems using counters, unit blocks, geometric shapes, and measurement tools to increase their understanding of math. Students apply and extend their math to the "real" world during their lessons.
Science is taught so children develop a sense of wonder about the natural world around them. The skills of observation, description, measurement, and communication are developed through our inquiry based program. Our classrooms offer a rich variety of materials from which children ask questions, make predictions, design experiments, and answer their questions by careful observation and measurement.
Our social studies program focuses on the role of family, school, and community. Students learn more about diverse cultures that make up our nation and how families and communities are alike and different. They discuss the meaning of national symbols, pledges, and anthems. Maps and globes are used so children can discover their place in the world.
First-graders participate in weekly instruction in Art, Music, Physical Education, Library Media, and Spanish. Students in first grade also have the option to participate in Chorus.