The first grade curriculum is heavily focused on taking emerging readers, and turning them into readers. The phonics skills and sight words they learned in K5 are expanded and developed in first grade so all students become capable readers while learning to enjoy reading in a group, with a partner, and individually. A direct reading approach is taken so each student is provided with teacher guided instruction each day on comprehension strategies. The reading specialist works with students in the room daily on reading and writing skills in support of the classroom teacher.Writing is worked on daily, as the students go from sounding out words and writing fragments, to spelling all words correctly and making complete thoughts. Towards the end of the year, the students begin to combine thoughts in stories that have a beginning, middle and an end. Students write on a variety of topics and themes throughout the year.Math facts are stressed daily, as students’ progress from their addition facts to their subtraction facts throughout the year. During the year, the students study problem solving, graphing, time, money, place value, geometric shapes and algebraic relationships. Hands-on activities and cooperative learning activities are stressed on a daily basis.
In the first grade, the students are immersed in language skills and development. They are reading books on their level, writing and learning how to break apart sounds to become words. As they become more confident in their reading skills, they are using the text to learn new facts and information. Math facts and number relationships is very important in first grade. Taking this information that we have is then used to solve real-life problems. Yes, math is real!
Grade 1 Archdiocesan Curriculum Guide for Parents