In the 1st grade, we continue most of the Catholic themes of kindergarten, strengthening our skills in sharing, citizenship, and the “Golden Rule”. We foster increases in independence and responsibility. In the first grade, our academic focus is building basic math skills, practicing our sight words and developing a strong foundation in phonics. We use a variety of learning strategies to develop vocabulary and comprehension reading skills. By the end of the year, first graders become independent readers of increasingly difficult text. In addition to reading, writing, and math, we also learn about the basics of the Catholic faith and do a variety of fun activities and projects in Science and Social Studies. First grade is a year of great growth!
In second grade we begin the year printing and by the end of the year we are writing in cursive. In math we continue to work on how to count money, tell time, add and subtract two/three digit numbers, and a variety of other skills needed for the upcoming years. We will be writing daily with the goal of writing a book by the end of the year. This year we continue preparing the students be successful readers, working on sight words, phonics, and reading a variety of genres. In religion, we discuss topics such as saints, sin, and sacraments as we prepare the students to receive two of the Initiation Sacraments of the Catholic Church, Reconciliation and 1st Communion.
In third grade, the students prepare to transition into the intermediate grades. Therefore, the classroom theme is responsibility. Students monitor their behavior and learn how to be accountable for their actions and choices. The main learning objective in third grade is to become fluent readers. They do this by engaging in reading throughout the day. The third graders will read more than they have in any previous grade. Writing is also one of the main focuses in third grade, as reading and writing go hand-in-hand. The two processes are reciprocal; when a child can read their own writing, this enhances their reading development. This continuum of reading and writing will enhance their vocabulary.