In 1st we continue to teach in an environment that promotes cognitive, emotional, and spiritual growth while focusing on the core subject areas of reading & language arts, math, writing, spelling as well as other areas such as Christian Formation, Spanish, Physical Education, Art, Music, and Technology. We encourage self-sufficiency as the students begin to establish a study and organizational skills.
1st graders’ progress continues to be measured in each subject area and other areas such as emotional and social development by the following grading scale:
We always welcome ongoing communication between the teacher and parent throughout the course of the year as a means of measuring how the child is progressing. A strong parent-teacher relationship is critical to one’s success.
We encourage parent participation in reinforcing what their children are learning at home, but we also create many opportunities for parents to participate in the classroom and with extracurricular activities. Whether it’s reading a story to the children, helping with a craft, speaking on a topic being taught in class, helping with an athletics event, or working backstage for the school play, we believe parents are a critical part of developing our children in mind, body, spirit.
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PARENT - TEACHER COMMUNICATIONS
We believe in positive parent-school communications and encourage an ongoing dialogue between our parents and teachers. The way in which we communicate and interact with parents directly affects how involved our parents are with our students’ learning outside of the classroom. The more open the communication, the more effective parents will be in knowing how to help and support their children.
In the spirit of helping our students grow strong in mind, body, and spirit, we believe students perform best when they are well-rested and have a balanced level of activities to explore their talents outside of the classroom.
We also believe homework is important in establishing strong, life-long study skills and habits. There is a balance to strike, but we also feel students build self-discipline, self-confidence, and become increasingly more responsible for their own learning when they successfully complete their homework.
Our homework assignments fulfill one or more of the following objectives:
Salisbury University - B.S.
In first grade, we build on what was learned in Kindergarten with more emphasis on phonics, decoding, fluency, spelling and memorization of sight words, expanded vocabulary and reading comprehension. We place greater emphasis on punctuation and sentence formation. And, upper and lower letter formation and proper spacing continues to be practiced throughout all we do on a daily basis. Spelling units are designed to reinforce phonetic concepts and sound blends. We read in large and small group settings always sharing and discussing elements of stories such as characters, plots as well as predicting what comes next and drawing conclusions about story lessons and themes. Homework is assigned to reinforce what the children learn in the classroom.
The goal in 1st grade Math is to ensure students understand numbers (1-100), measurement, geometry, and mathematical reasoning. Students should also be able to add and subtract in small numbers easily, measure units and describe data in graphs and tables. Word problems will be introduced and by the end of the year, students should be able to analyze, solve, and translate those word problems in to facts and sentences.
Children are helped to explore the Sunday worship experience and learn the meaning of the signs and events they may witness. Basic orientation toward liturgy and prayer, as well as a sense of community, are part of this year’s objectives. The children learn about God the Father, as presented by Jesus in the Gospels and how Jesus is God’s greatest gift to us. He is God’s Son and our brother, divine and human. We teach the children stories that demonstrate the relationship of the Holy Spirit to the Father and the Son, as well as the role the Spirit plays in the life of the Church and every person. Lastly, the beginnings of the Church which Jesus founded are presented through Scripture stories and liturgical passages. Emphasis is placed on the concept of Church as the center of action for those who are dedicated to living the Gospel. Teaching and practicing prayer such as Signs of the Cross, Our Father, Hail Mary Glory Be, Blessing before and after meals, morning and bedtime prayer are taught and emphasized throughout the year.
Our Science program continues to focus on life science and the children’s environment; thus, raising awareness of the environment around them such as plants, mammals, weather, balance, and motion. We use the world around us to introduce scientific concepts that allow the child to think critically through observation. Each student will have opportunities to apply concepts by identifying and comparing what he/she has learned through what they see or experience.
In first grade, we focus on understanding sequence of events such as temporal sequences and relating to time (now, in the past, in the future) using family and school examples as well as historical periods (other times, other places) in relation to culture. We place events of the student’s own life in chronological order. We also begin to understand concepts in Geography, Civics, and Economics – all major components of our day-to-day world. The children learn roles and responsibilities of a citizen, family members, and leaders and in the process learn about holidays, customs, and traditions as well as patriot symbols and music. We use maps as a means to describe a space, such as a classroom, school, city, state, country, and the world and the identification of landmarks. Children will learn cardinal directions (north, east, south, west) and apply them to maps, locations in the classroom, school, playground, and community. Through the use of both maps and globes, define and locate the North and South Poles, equator, identify the oceans and the continents. Lastly, we introduce the concept of services and goods – what people buy and use and examples of services that people do in the community. The children learn the difference between needs and wants. We incorporate age appropriate current events when at all possible as a way for the children to relate to the world around them.