First Grade Curriculum

Religion – Northwestern Publishing – Christ Light

  1. Presents the story of God and his people in chronological order and teaches the events in context, so students understand more fully what it means to be a part of God’s family.
  2. Old Testament and New Testament alternate each year.
  3. Teacher-directed Bible story is the central element with Law and Gospel in each lesson.
  4. Weekly Scripture memory verses
  5. Daily devotions (school-wide)
  6. Weekly praise/hymn sing
  7. Corporate prayer time daily
  8. Weekly chapel

Language Arts:  Spalding-Phonics, Spelling and Reading; Shurley-Grammar

  1. Systematically teaches letter knowledge and phonemic awareness
  2. Introduces sound/spelling systematically
  3. Direct instruction in blending sounds into words
  4. Builds fluency, the key to comprehension, through decodable books
  5. Connects spelling to phonics through dictation and spelling activities
  6. Introduces parts of speech and sentence diagramming
  7. Plays – Fairy Tales

Math – Saxon

  1. Systematically teaches math concepts through active participation
  2. Introduces problem solving activities with story driven lessons daily
  3. Math concepts incorporated in daily “Math Meeting”
  4. Exposes students to calendar concepts, coin counting, and graphs
  5. Challenges students to analyze data, see patterns, and explore mathematical relationships
  6. Continued work with addition and subtraction
  7. Introduction to geometry, time, money and measurement
  8. Fact Cards

Multi-Sensory Activities for Math

  1. Geo Boards
  2. 100 Day Celebration
  3. Patterning Activities
  4. Clock Activities
  5. Fraction Practice
  6. Experiences with Money

History – Veritas – Bede’s History of US

Assorted Topics

  1. Creation
  2. Our Country and State
  3. Learning 50 States
  4. George Washington
  5. Abraham Lincoln
  6. Civil War
  7. Art History

Science – Bob Jones

  1. Exposes students to life, physical, earth, and health science
  2. Provides hands-on experiments

Enrichment Activities

  1. Library
  2. Music
  3. Physical Education
  4. Art

Extension Activities

  1. “Reading Partners” with upper grade class
  2. Field trips
  3. Field Day
  4. Outdoor Education
  5. Christmas Program
  6. Spring Musical
  7. Spelling Bee
  8. Cooking