Handwriting in First Grade

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Our objectives in First Grade handwriting are speed and neatness. We work on visual memory, orientation, placement, size, sequence, control and spacing. The students learn good handwriting habits and proper letter formation, as well as sitting in a proper position and holding the pencil correctly.


First Grade Phonics and Spelling

Phonics and Spelling


In First Grade we study the sound and symbol relationship of letters and the rules for spelling. Saxon Phonics and additional teacher-made materials are the basis of the program.

First Grade Reading

First Grade Reading uses the Houghton Mifflin reading series and Saxon Phonics as the basis of the program. The basal themes in Houghton Mifflin introduce the students to a wide variety of literary genre and nurture the reading skills and strategies that will insure a lifetime of learning. First Grade skills include phonemic awareness, phonics, reading strategies, comprehension skills, writing, vocabulary, and spelling.

Reading in First Grade

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We use the Houghton-Mifflin Reading series to begin our reading journey. The First Grade reading series is divided into ten themes. The themes are enjoyable and introduce the students to wide variety of literary genre. The skills that the students will explore include phonemic awareness, phonics, comprehension, vocabulary, and fluency. The reading strategies that are covered are reviewed throughout the year. Starting with Theme 1, the students will focus on an individual reading strategy with each story. In this way, all the strategies are modeled in a systematic way through the year.


Reading in First Grade

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We use the Houghton-Mifflin Reading series to begin our reading journey. The First Grade reading series is divided into ten themes. The themes are enjoyable and introduce the students to wide variety of literary genre. The skills that the students will explore include phonemic awareness, phonics, comprehension, vocabulary, and fluency. The reading strategies that are covered are reviewed throughout the year. Starting with Theme 1, the students will focus on an individual reading strategy with each story. In this way, all the strategies are modeled in a systematic way through the year.



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Learning to read is the highlight of First Grade. Students will learn all the necessary skills to be able to accurately decode words beginning with simple words to multisyllabic words. They will also build a large bank of words that are considered sight words. The reason to read is to comprehend text. In First Grade the students learn how to analyze what they are reading through pre-reading, during reading and post reading activities. They are exposed to a rich array of literature, both fiction and non-fiction and a wide variety of genres.

First Grade Writing and Grammar

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The First Grade writing program includes grammar, the mechanics of writing, creative writing, and writing with a purpose. We use the 6+1 Writing Program to help develop our writing skills.