The first grade curriculum is aligned with the diocesan guidelines and Pennsylvania State Academic Standards.
The first grade religion curriculum emphasizes God’s love for us and His many gifts including creation, the sacraments, and His son, Jesus. The seasons of Advent, Christmas, Lent, and Easter are explored, and children learn informal and formal prayers In addition to the Religion textbook, Promise Magazine is also used.
The reading program places emphasis on developing independent readers through the use of strategy instruction, skill instruction, phonics instruction, and small group guided reading.
The language arts curriculum focuses on handwriting, spelling, English, creative writing and journaling.
The math curriculum places emphasis on addition, subtraction, problem solving, money, time, measurement, number sequence, and patterns.
The science curriculum is thematic and focuses on plants, animals, weather, and the life cycle. Scholastic News Magazine science articles and activities supplement the curriculum.
The thematic social studies curriculum centers on families, communities, and map skills. Related Scholastic News Magazine activities and articles enhance the curriculum.
First Grade Highlights
The first grade travels to the Adventure Aquarium to participate in hands-on activities. At the end of the year, students hike to a local park. The First Grade Prayer Service, Mother’s Day Tea, Father’s Day Root Beer & Pretzels, and a Spring Talent Show are annual favorites for first grade students and their families.
Technology Highlights, Projects, and Special Events
In every classroom, students have access to iPads as an educational learning tool and electronic whiteboards, working both individually and in groups. At learning centers and during guided reading, students take advantage of interactive cross-curricular resources that provide enrichment activities to complement and support instruction in the classroom. Imagination Station, a computer-based reading program, is implemented during assigned lab times, allowing students to participate in individualized interactive reading activities which effectively meet their needs.