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First Grade

We know that first graders are egocentric and rule-based. They have boundless energy; may be oppositional, silly, and unfiltered; are attached to their teacher and peers; thrive in a structured environment; are working on being flexible; and still seek out creative play.

We help our first graders learn and practice: sympathy and empathy for others; recognizing their own feelings; communicating verbally in a conflict; managing relationships independently; building awareness of and self-regulating their energy; working together effectively; compromising; becoming aware of their own personal space; and respecting the personal boundaries of others.

Our Goals for First Graders

WRITING:

Build comfort with structured and unstructured writing, learn to generate ideas and use writing strategies, and develop spelling skills.

SOCIAL STUDIES:

Through the study of our neighborhoods and their people, students investigate topics like identity, difference and fairness.

MATH:

Build number sense, utilize basic computational skills to demonstrate conceptual understanding and connect math to our daily lives.

READING:

Build phonetic skills and the foundational skills for decoding, fluency, and comprehension.

SCIENCE:

Connect ideas, record observations, and analyze data, while building communication skills. Students begin to make basic predictions, and start to engage in the engineering design process.

WORLD LANGUAGE:

Begin to develop phonemic awareness; convey information through gestures, words, and short sentences; connect phonics with written letters; and sharpen listening comprehension.

LIBRARY:

Gain exposure to a diverse range of literature, advance independent reading based on interest and ability, develop active participation skills and an understanding of the library as a community resource.

PE:

Further develop locomotor skills, coordination, endurance  and learn the importance of fitness, fair play and teamwork through cooperative games and activities.

MUSIC:

Learn to keep a steady beat with pitched and unpitched percussion instruments, and sing songs that help match pitch and expand their vocal range.

ART:

Broaden art vocabulary and increase complexity and the number of steps and techniques in play during art projects.

THINKERING:

Begin to engage in production-based activities that support homeroom curriculum themes and use the lab to solve problems and share what they know.