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What to Expect in 1st Grade

Theme

Reading Explosion! Making sense of codes include the skill of reading. Learning the tools that unlock the delight of the printed page while getting meaning from illustrations and drawings drive the first grader to success in identifying words, phases then complete comprehension from the printed page, computer and other media
 

Curriculum Markers

  • Reading
  • Comprehension
  • Fluency
  • Story Elements
  • Advanced phonics

Mathematics

  • Addition
  • Subtraction
  • Basic story problems
  • Basic time
  • Basic money
  • Measurement
  • Fraction introduction
  • Graphs and Tables

English

  • Basic sentence structure
  • Sentence types
  • Parts of speech
  • Capitalization
  • Punctuation

Spelling

  • Long vowels
  • Short vowels
  • Compound words
  • Consonant digraphs
  • Consonant blends
  • Suffixes

Science

  • Hypothesis
  • Living/nonliving
  • Habitats
  • Food chains
  • Life cycles
  • Weather
  • Natural resources
  • Rocks and soil
  • Day and night sky
  • Technology
  • Simple machines
  • Matter
  • Magnets
  • Sound
  • Force
  • Energy
  • Shadows

Social Studies

  • Rules and laws
  • National holidays and symbols
  • Sharing customs and cultures
  • Different types of communities
  • Basic map skills
  • Famous Americans
  • Goods and services

Writing

  • Journals
  • Sentences
  • Stories
  • Letters

Music

  • Solfege notes (so, mi, la)
  • Quarter and eighth note rhythm
  • Basic beat keeping
  • Beat vs. rhythm

Physical Education

  • Playing tag and ball games
  • Jogging 3 minutes every other day
  • Tossing and catching to self and partner
  • Throwing and catching
  • Dribbling a playground ball
  • Beachball volleyball
  • Running through a long rope
  • Tumbling
  • Hula hooping
  • Bowling
  • Board games
  • Four square 
  • Throwing and catching a Frisbee
  • Running bases
  • Cup stacking
  • Dribbling a soccer ball
  • Hockey 2 on 2
  • T-ball
  • Coach’s Fitness Testing

Art

  • Line
  • Shape
  • Color
  • Value
  • Texture
  • Various Artists
  • Watercolor
  • Self Portraits
  • Rodeo Art
  • Holiday Crafts
  • Print Making
  • Stamping
  • Learning to use different mediums
  • Creating Collages
  • Precise Cutting
  • Implementing new techniques

Global Bible Concepts

  • God's Good Plan: The story of Creation, the Fall, and God's Plan for Redemption
  • Wisdom: Building the Foundation of My Life on God, My Rock, by Knowing, Loving, and Obeying Him.

Developmental Traits

  • Fine motor skills
  • Handwriting
  • Computer skills
  • Age appropriate social skills

School Expectations

  • Working independently
  • Following  and reading directions
  • Listening  skills
  • Time management skills
  • Organizational skills
  • Cooperation
  • Self-motivated learners

Parental Expectations

  • Home reading
  • Spelling words
  • Memory verses
  • Daily math homework
  • Fluency First
  • Check daily folder
  • Attend parent meeting at beginning of school year
  • Attend parent teacher conference
  • Check Parents’ Web regularly for homework, work habits, behavior and grades

Memory Milestone Markers

  • Recorded Book

School Trips or Significant Events

  • 100th Day of School Celebration
  • Polar Express Day
  • MAD Science
  • Science Night
  • Patriotic Celebration
  • Christmas Concert
  • Spring Musical Concert
  • Square Dancing
  • Field Day
  • Stone Soup Celebration
  • Classroom parties*
  • Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Art Competition
  • Physical Education Show* (Additional costume items may be required.)
  • Tour of Minute Maid Park*
  • Trip to Atria - pass out valentines to residents
  • Trip to the 7 Acre Wood
  • Summer Institute for the Gifted (by qualification--additional fees required for those who participate)
* Included in class activity fees. 
 

Additional Fees

School Supplies: $50-$70 range
Activity Fee: $50-$70 per semester to cover activities, field trips and travel related expenses
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