Students graduating into first grade bring an exciting enthusiasm and desire to learn. In Language Arts first graders count syllables in a word, isolate initial and final sounds, and segment words into individual sounds including consonant blends. They blend individual sounds to make words, and create new words by deleting or changing initial, medial or final sounds in one syllable words. Students read and listen to a wide range of fiction and nonfiction books practicing reading comprehension, spelling and grammar. They reply to “how, why, and what” questions about the texts and answer “when, where and how” questions using complete sentences and produce a variety of writings, stories, and descriptions. Students’ journal entries teach them the use of punctuation and capital letters.
Religion classes in first grade review the beliefs we have as Catholic Christians, Mary and Jesus, the liturgical seasons of the Church, the celebration of the Eucharist at Mass, and the praying of the Rosary. Curriculum also includes geography lessons with the study of continents, countries, states and communities, the use of map keys, and north, east, south and west directions. First graders review our planet’s oceans, the seven continents and locate the equator and the Northern and Southern Hemispheres. History lessons investigate early civilization and exploration from colonies to independence and the American west. Science lessons explore living things and their environments, such as habitats, and animal life. Students study the human body systems and how to prevent illness along with the properties of matter, electricity, astronomy and the earth. Finally, the EnVision Math program in first grade explores patterns and classification, numbers and number sense, money, addition, subtraction, and measurements.