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First Grade

First Grade

Bible

Daily Bible instruction with a challenge to apply God’s truth to all of life 

Discussion of Genesis chapters 1-48, the Gospel of Mark chapters 1-6,  Esther and 1 Samuel chapters 8-31 

Chapel on Wednesdays with an emphasis on Christ-like character development and challenged to apply Gods Word to life  

CREDO:  Weekly memorization of a verse and basic doctrinal truth done in classical question/answer format 

Penmanship 

Mastery of both upper-case and lower-case cursive 

Reading

Veritas Press Phonics Museum 

Veritas Press “31 readers” 

Mastery of the 100 most used words in beginning readers 

Reading books selected from the Logos School reading list 

Teacher created materials specific to phonics instruction, reworking spelling words through reading for context clues and alphabetizing, and vocabulary enrichment in connection with history and science 

Two reading contest – 1st contest goal: 400 pages, 2nd contest goal – 1500 pages 

Phonics

Modern Curriculum Press level 1 Phonics 

Spell to Write and Read phonics curriculum 

Short vowel and long vowel patterns and word families 

Spelling

Learn the first SWR spelling rules 

Wise Guide to Spelling enrichment sheets 

Words based on the 100 most used words in beginning readers 

Words based on phonics instruction/reading content 

History and science vocabulary integrated 

Correct spelling/accurate copying required on all assignments 

Grammar

Sieker Grammar Chants 

Recognize and label nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, pronouns, and proper nouns 

Learn noun, verb, adjective and adverb chants 

Wise Guide enrichment worksheets 

Writing

Write well-constructed complete sentences with correct capitalization and end marks 

Write a simple, 2-point, well-constructed paragraph 

Math

Saxon Level Two math  

Times tables 2’s – 9’s through songs 

Introductory division concepts 

Money chants, Military Math Chant 

Singapore style Primary Mathematics practice problems 

History

Early American History: Native Americans, First Thanksgiving, Pilgrims, American Symbols 

History Pockets by Evan Moor 

Many supplemental history/storybooks to enrich/Troll Press 

Many teacher-created comprehension exercises and activities 

Geography

Beginning map skills – Globe Chant 

Memorize the names and locations of the 13 original colonies 

Memorize the names and locations of the major oceans, and seven continents 

Study the culture, climate and animals of the seven different continents 

Learn symbols on a map: compass rose, and map legend 

Learn the compass rose directions 

Science

Many teacher created materials from personal book and library sources 

Zoology, Biology –  Logos School science materials 

God’s Creation: Solar System, Planets, Plants/Trees, Mammals, Birds, Insects, Amphibians, Reptiles 

Many chants and sound-offs to facilitate learning facts 

Some integrated art work of things being studied 

Familiarity with the basic scientific method 

Art

Essential elements of art including line, shape, value, color and texture 

Emphasis on drawing and on the process of noticing, reflecting, and duplicating 

Special projects touch on geometry, design, using rulers, drawing from nature, and printing 

Music

Introductory Choral Music using the Kodaly Method 

Folk songs, hymns, patriotic songs, and Christian holiday works are introduced and practiced 

P.E. 

Twice a week with exercises, stretching, and games. 

Emphasis on teamwork, good sportsmanship, and general fitness. 

Field trips include: Cascades raptor center  

Visitors to class include Bugs R Us (either reptiles or Insects)