1st Grade PROGRAM
The Bible is the basis for all learning within the classroom. Through the year, the student should acquire a general knowledge of the book of Genesis and the Life of Christ, our Savior.
This will be accomplished through daily classroom Bible lessons and prayer, and weekly Chapel lessons and prayer presented by Father Anthony. There will also be worship music and songs included. Typically, each week, the student will receive a new selected Bible verse. It will be reviewed daily in class and the verse will be sent home for reinforcement and assistance in memorization. The students will need to recite the verse in class, which will count towards their grade in Bible. This is an activity the students really enjoy. They are very proud of themselves when they are able to say their verse each week, which helps increase their self-confidence.
The A Beka Language Development curriculum promotes good language skills, good listening skills, develops Christian character traits, and develops children's knowledge in a wide range of areas. At Little Flock, we use other resources to compliment the A Beka language development materials. We use books, songs, puppets, dress up clothes, and we have special visitors such as Ms. Cathy Children's Productions and the Fairfax Fire Department to help us better understand topics we are learning about.
The Language Development Curriculum emphasizes the development of language skills and listening skills by exploring God's created world and our environments around us. Some of the topics included are colors, shapes, animals, transportation, seasons, countries, community helpers, health, safety, manners, opposites, and the five senses. Poems and finger plays are a fun addition to the curriculum. Not only do they help teach the material, but they also help with finger dexterity and increase interest in poetry and rhymes. We also provide a friendly classroom environment that encourages children to ask questions, to speak openly, and to pray in front of groups. We work on building their self-confidence and we help them understand that God gives each child a special gift and talent that may be different from their friends.
Reading and Phonics
Text: A Beka Curriculum
Students in first grade will be continuing to master phonics and begin to identify new vowel patterns, unconventional spelling and sounds, and build greater reading fluency. As students gain more confidence in reading, they will work more with reading. comprehension and reading non-fiction texts. Delving deeper into the literature, students will gain more analytical and critical thinking skills to begin to develop their own opinions and ideas that will be translated in their writing.
The student will be able to:
· read basic sentences with various vowel patterns and blends
· identify punctuation and grammar in sentences
· have an introduction to parts of speech
· read more complex sentence patterns
· analyze texts and develop ideas and opinions
The student will receive instruction and review in these areas during the school day. He/she will have various seatwork papers that will be completed some as a class and (most) individually to reinforce these concepts. The student will be tested periodically on paper as well as orally. These will be used to help form the phonics-related grades on the report card.
The first grade writer has neat penmanship in the lines, and demonstrates control of the pencil. The student will be comfortable with writing for longer periods of time. Throughout the year, students will transition from inventive spelling to correct spelling as they begin to memorize sight words and correct spelling. Spelling lists will be sent home weekly for the students to practice each week and be tested on. Students will also be exposed to various writing styles and will practice different styles of writing. Book reports will be expected for students to describe facts learned from reading non-fiction texts.
As our students learn basic mathematics skills, they will take this in to the real world to use in everyday situations. Students will learn to tell time, count money, add, figure out patterns, learn shapes, and subtraction. We use hands-on manipulatives so the students can easily touch and learn that there is value associated with an object.
The students will learn various math concepts such as:
· recognizing numbers up to 120
· identification of place value (ones, tens, hundreds)
· skip counting
· telling time
· memorization of addition facts up to 10
· 2 digit addition and subtraction
· introduction to fractions
This will be accomplished through classroom instruction, and various seat work papers, manipulatives and learning games on a daily basis. Extra review at home, especially of the money skills, tends to be very beneficial to the student.
As the students begin to move to more abstract math concepts, they will be expected to manipulate numbers in various operations on tests. As the year progresses, if the students do not form their numbers correctly, the result could be points off on their tests.
Text: A Beka Curriculum – Social Studies K6
The first grade social studies curriculum delves deeper into studying our country, and our role as citizens. Students will learn more about the government and rules in place to help keep our country running safe. They will study about the roles of the President and other government officials. The social studies curriculum also helps the children have a better understanding of the importance of following the law, and how we can be better contributors to the world around us to make it a better place.
Text: A Beka Curriculum – God's World
In Science, we will be studying God's world. We will learn why this is His world, and our role in taking care of His world and being good stewards. Students will also learn about themselves through their senses and why they are special to God. We will study structure in this world and how God created everything for a reason including: food chains, the water cycle, and watching caterpillars turn in to beautiful butterflies. Students will learn to observe, categorize, collect data and hypothesize.
Course Content: water cycle, seasons, difference and importance of night and day, growing caterpillars and watching them morph into butterflies, the types of matter, and our five senses. The student will learn that God made the universe and all things in it. Throughout the year, we will be discussing the weather and the change of seasons. The student will learn about nature through plant and insect observation which may include items such as bean plants, butterflies and/or ladybugs. This subject is typically studied after the social studies unit is completed, later in the academic year.
Other Materials: Globe, thermometer, pictures, charts, and field trips throughout the year.
The K5 students attend Specials Classes throughout the week through Zoom.
Art - once a week
Computer - once a week
Foreign Language – Arabic, Korean or Spanish - twice a week
Music - once a week
Physical Education - once a week
Library - librarian classroom visits