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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


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


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


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


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


Connect ideas, record observations, and analyze data, while building communication skills, making basic predictions, and starting to learn the engineering design process.


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


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.


Further develop locomotor skills, coordination, and fitness, and learn the importance of fitness through cooperative recreational games.


Continue to build musical capabilities, sing ostinatos, add more complex accompaniment patterns, listen to classical music, and identify form and instrumentation.


Broaden art vocabulary and learn more steps, techniques, and processes through art projects.


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