A big difference in the transition to first grade from kindergarten is how students strengthen their reading and phonics skills. They start spelling tests for the first time. We also have math homework and practice reading at night. Our students use Study Island to practice various skills for homework and at school. In math, students move into more mental math, write out and visualize number sentences, and also use hands-on manipulatives. First grade is the first time students start doing morning prayer during the announcements and taking a turn hosting Mass. First graders work on becoming more independent and responsible.
A Typical Day in First Grade at St. Mary
First grade students have many opportunities to learn in different ways throughout the day. They practice skills in small groups, individually, and whole group. Language Arts time includes Daily 5 where they work on reading and writing skills in fun and varied ways. Writing Workshop allows children to take pieces of writing through the publishing process, and take pride in their written words. Social Studies and Science are exciting opportunities to explore the world around us through books, technology, discussion, and hands-on experiments. Religion is integrated throughout our entire day, as well as during specific focus times each day.