First Grade Curriculum
Grade one primarily focuses on the importance of traditional prayers and private meditation. In
the children's journey to learn about God and what it means to be Catholic, they will reflect upon
the Trinity and Jesus' love for us.
Our reading program consists of five readers that use phonetically based decoding strategies to
blend consonant and vowel sounds into words. High frequency words are also incorporated.
Spelling words are based on the high frequency words as well as letter pattern structure and
Grade one uses a traditional model of letter formation for manuscript writing. The students
concentrate on developing correct writing habits such as pencil grip, posture and neatness.
Reading and writing are complementary and similar processes, what is learned in one area
supports the learning in the other. Students will be involved with several different kinds of
writing; shared writing, interactive writing, independent writing, journal writing, and creative
Mathematics-(Scott Foresman, Addison Wesley, enVision)
In first grade mathematics, the students will recognize, describe, and analyze patterns, describe
missing units in patterns, and use mental math counting strategies. Children are also expected
to explore and apply addition properties, recognize quantities in sets of objects, describe,
numeric relationships, compare two or more sets, and develop and use strategies for adding
and subtracting whole numbers.
The science program explores life science, physical science, earth science, and the human
body (personal health).
The first grade social studies program includes the exploration of history, geography,
government, and sociology.
Through phonemic awareness activities students will strengthen their ability to hear, identify,
and manipulate sounds.