We have chapel each school day. Chapel includes scripture memory, geographical prayer focus, and hymns. We recite in chapel once each semester.
Special classes are P.E., Music, and Art. We have P.E. daily. We have art first semester culminating with an art show. We have music the second semester and share what we’ve learned with parents.
We read Bible stories from The Big Picture Bible and King James Version Bible
Bible memory includes:
Our science units based on Delta Science Modules include:
We read about various famous scientists who followed Christ in the book Men of Science, Men of God.
Teacher chapter book read alouds may include: Little House in the Big Woods, Charlotte’s Web, A Cricket in Times Square, Aesop’s Fables, and Just So Stories.
Students progress through a series of phonics-based readers at their own pace, individually proceeding to Abeka readers and other books as ready.
The poets that we study in first grade are: Christina Rosetti and Walter de la Mare.
The stories of Shakespeare that we read are: Twelfth Night and A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
Parents of first through sixth graders read a variety of quality children’s literature selections as family read alouds each year. We celebrate the completion of each book with a book party. This year’s selections are Mountain Born, Detectives in Togas and The Triumph of Flavius.
Language arts skills learned through First Language Lessons and Writing With Ease are:
We lay foundations for spelling, reading, and writing by learning to read and write all 70 phonograms and how to mark them in words. We use Spell to Write and Read to learn beginning rules of spelling. We begin cursive instruction in the second semester with New American Cursive curriculum.
In Math we use Math in Focus: The Singapore Approach – 1 A and 1 B. We use a variety of “hands-on” experiences with manipulatives along with our unique calendar binders to help students grasp concepts from the concrete to the abstract.
We study the same historical time period as the rest of the school. Our curriculum uses Story of the World as a key text along with children’s literature and articles found online. Learning activities, memory work, and geography are part of our weekly routine. Each year we rotate through one of four time periods: Ancients, Medieval, Early Modern, and Modern.
Daily, we spend 20-30 minutes outside, weather permitting. First Grade students are asked to bring their own healthy snacks.
Some of our field trips and special activities may include: