First grade offers a wonderful blend of learning and fun with a curriculum that includes reading, spelling, math, writing, social studies and science. Units of study include Clifford, the Big Red Dog, trees, bats, Native Americans, Christmas, penguins, pigs, magnets, weather, and grandparents.
A maximum class size of 22 students makes it possible for teachers to work closely with students and to understand their needs.
Special Events & Activities:
Through field trips, special celebrations, and in-class projects, each unit of study is a learning experience that students will benefit from and remember for years to come.
• Clifford’s Birthday: Our study of Clifford, the Big Red Dog, ends with a birthday celebration including photos with the Clifford, a collection of activity stations, and traditional birthday refreshments.
• Big Buddy Program: A special friendship is shared between first graders and their fifth grade buddies who meet for special activities every other week throughout the year.
• Native American Celebration: A study of Native Americans would not be complete without a celebration that includes costumes, music, food and dancing.
• Tacky the Penguin Day: The students complete their study of penguins by dressing like the book character “Tacky” and sharing in “penguin” refreshments.
• Pen Pal Picnic: The Pen Pal Picnic is the chance to meet face-to-face with the first grader we have corresponded with during the past several months. We meet to eat and play either at the St. Luke’s or Trinity campus for this big event.
• Publisher’s Tea: The Publisher’s Tea is the most well known and elaborate activity for 1st grade is the Publisher’s Tea. Each first grader becomes an author with the writing and illustrating of their very own book. The books are premiered at a tea for the parents and authors complete with delicious refreshments and tea, of course. It is a perfect culmination to the 1st grade year and shows the tremendous growth the children have achieved in so many areas.