First Grade Curriculum

First grade is a year of highly visible progress developed through our curriculum in all subject areas with major emphasis in Religious Formation, Reading, Language Arts and Math. First grade is also a year of exploration and discovery of the world around us through the academic development of Science and Social Studies. We focus on Social Development, Responsibility and Independence as well. Honoring our mission, we strive to educate our first graders for life with the heart and mind of Christ.

  • Honoring our mission, we strive to educate our first graders for life with the heart and mind of Christ. Through Bible stories, role play and discussions, the students will come to know God as their friend and Savior. Weekly mass, devotion, daily prayer and the presence and teachings of the Carmelite Sisters enrich the students’ spiritual formation.
  • Reading and Language Arts are the fundamental academic focus of first grade. Through a variety of literature and genres, the students will develop into fluent readers and writers. Students will be able to apply comprehension skills, spelling skills and grammar skills through a variety of methods and techniques that address different learning styles. They will create stories of their own applying the skills they have learned.
  • Through a hands-on approach, First Graders experience Math skills on a daily basis. Skills such as critical thinking, problem solving, addition, subtraction, time, money, geometry, fractions and measurement are emphasized throughout the Math curriculum. Students will be exposed to key terms and operational symbols in Math.
  • First Grade students will learn about the world around them by exploring and investigating key concepts such as living/non-living, plants, animals, habitats, Earth’s features (ex. land & water), weather and seasonal changes. Experiments and hands-on investigations will lead them to understand the world that God has created. They will also come to understand that the Earth’s natural resources must be conserved by reducing, reusing and recycling.
  • Through the Social Studies curriculum, students will begin to understand their role in the global community. They will learn the similarities and differences between people who lived long ago and how people live today. In exploring current event students will comprehend the role of our government, their own roles within the family and community. They will also understand our state and country through holidays, symbols, and special Americans.
    • Introduction to art elements, primary and secondary colors
    • Introduction to famous artists
    • Beginning techniques of drawing, painting and cutting
    • Portraits, still life, and abstract compositions
    • Basic keyboard skills
    • Hand eye coordination
    • Beginning reading skills
    • Build repertory of songs for Mass
    • Develop team and individual participation skills
    • Develop skills to participate in the National Presidential Challenge
    • Develop physical technique such as catching, throwing, running, and kicking
    • Develop coordination such as hand to eye, spatial awareness, etc.
    • Develop importance of an active and healthy lifestyle through proper diet and exercise
    • Consonant blends
    • Definite/indefinite articles
    • Parts of speech –nouns, adjectives, antonyms, synonyms
    • Subject and predicate
    • Types of sentences