The First Grade program increases our challenging academic approach with an emphasis on personal responsibility. Students develop decoding skills, while learning strategies to analyze literature. They understand that good readers develop lifelong habits that set them up for success. Expanding reading skills equip students to express their ideas in writing with fiction and non-fiction formats as they shift from the role of reader to writer. Math concepts are explored with a developmental sequence that includes moving from the concrete to visual to the abstract. Problem solving skills are an integral part of the program. Students develop map skills beginning with a look at neighborhood maps and later apply their understandings to a study of maps of continents and oceans. First Graders investigate a variety of American symbols such as the Statue of Liberty, Mount Rushmore, and the American flag as they discover the values and beliefs that represent our country.
First Graders begin to explore what it means to be a leader. A leader is someone who can be counted on to make good choices about their words and actions. In First Grade this message is practiced throughout the year and across the curriculum in a variety of ways. First Graders use the concepts from The 7 Habits of Healthy Kids as a model of what a responsible emerging leader looks like. Ideas such as: Be proactive, Put first things first, and Listen with your ears, eyes, and heart provide concrete examples and goals.
Another opportunity to practice these important life skills comes from our actions to “Be a bucket filler, not a dipper!” This message is modeled in two powerful books by Carol McCloud. Have You Filled a Bucket Today? and How Full is Your Bucket? Students learn that each of us carries an imaginary bucket that people can either help to fill, or dip into. Being a bucket filler is something your child will aspire to demonstrate each day at home and at school. First Graders demonstrate their leadership skills with pride as they work to become bucket fillers!
First Graders were busy during January! There were so many exciting things that happened this month. Students were thrilled to visit Schneithorst's Restaurant & Bar, in reference to our Rohan Woods Restaurant Project! First Graders also enjoyed completing a TRICKY and exciting puzzle, playing in the wintery snow outside at school, and learning about Martin Luther King Jr. through hands-on activities.
Here are some of the things our First Graders have been working on during the month of January:
- Reading workbook pages independently
- Reading with expression and fluency, both independently and in small groups
- Students began new Reading Comprehension Journals, where they must write in complete sentences
- Listening to books on audio to strengthen auditory comprehension
- Spelling words (Second Grade curriculum) that focus on consonant blends: l and r, dipthongs:oi and oy, inflectional endings: -s and -es, as well as inflectional endings: -ed and -ing spelling patterns
- Word Work involving shaving cream, tiles, and sand
- Becoming strong writers, while increasing stamina
- Self-checking written work for punctuation, spelling, and capital letters
- Began DOL's, which focus on independently editing for punctuation, spelling, and capitalization
- Singapore Math- Exploring Plane and Solid Shapes, Addition and subtraction facts to 20
- Showing patience, responsibility, and leadership qualities with both our younger EC Buddies and Senior Kindergarten Math Buddies
- Project- First and Second Graders began a Project focusing on restaurants! Students created a 100 Word Web, categorized word web, generated meaningful interview questions, interviewed a community expert, and took a field visit to Schneithorst's Restaurant & Bar
- In Social Studies, First Graders learned about Martin Luther King Jr. They read various nonfiction texts, completed a True/False card game, a Now & Then card sort, and a timeline on MLK Jr.'s life.
- Students continued to work on team building, collaboration, compromising, and problem-solving skills.
- Archie the Eagle continues to travel home with one lucky First Grader each weekend! The student picked to bring Archie home must write about their time with Archie in an Adventures with Archie journal! First Graders must include the following in their writing: name, date, title, juicy words and details.
First Graders learned so much during January! Stay posted to see what February brings for First Grade!
- Ms. Coleman