The philosophy in educating first grade students is to provide a classroom environment that generates a desire to learn, motivates students to be productive, and introduces them to a wide variety of activities. Hands-on experiences provide a natural environment for acquiring and retaining knowledge. While maintaining a nurturing environment, teachers strive to stimulate students to reach their full potential, as well as the mastery of first grade skills. The course content of first grade builds on that of kindergarten. The curriculum focuses on language arts, math, social studies, science, and handwriting.
Immersing the students in the printed language, while teaching them phonics, fosters the development of reading and writing skills. Math concepts are taught through the use of manipulatives, games, activities, and directed instruction. Art, music, computer, physical education, Spanish, and library are essential to our first grade program. Classroom studies are enhanced through field trips, resource speakers, and special projects.