1st Grade

Message to Students and Parents

In first grade, students learn to read and write. We learn sounds and letters; we learn to manipulate sounds and letters to make words; we learn to make meaning of what we read by using pictures and personal knowledge. If students come to first grade already reading, then they focus on comprehension and more advanced reading skills such as multi-syllable words, consonant and vowel teams, etc. Our English and language arts program incorporates skills from the four domains of learning language: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Student practice lots of English vocabulary. First grade math incorporates lots of number awareness. We learn to skip count by 2, 5, 10, and 100. We learn odd and even numbers, geometric solid shapes, polygons, measuring in inches and centimeters, American money, addition and subtraction facts, some 2-digit addition and subtraction, bar graphing, place value, grouping tens, and more. Science includes studying plants, animals, ecosystems, human body, solar system, and forces. In social studies, we learn about our neighborhood, jobs people do, weather, the continents and oceans and features of the earth, and good citizenship. Through Bible class, we learn stories from the Bible like Queen Esther and King David. We sing and learn how much Jesus loves us.

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Frequently asked questions about first grade:

Do first graders learn multiplication?
First graders do not learn multiplication. They learn skip counting and other pre-multiplication skills. In American schools, multiplication is typically taught anywhere from the end of second grade through 3rd grade.

Do first graders learn cursive?
First graders do not learn cursive writing. Most first graders are learning to hold their pencils correctly and form manuscript letters correctly. Cursive is not formally taught until grade 3.

Do first graders take a nap?
First graders do not take a nap. We have story time when we can rest our bodies.

Do first graders eat snacks?
First graders have an early lunch and are given time in the afternoon to eat a snack before the bus ride home.

What should my first grader be able to do?
First graders should be able to put on their own shoes and take care of their own bathroom needs.

Do first graders have homework?
Yes, they have a daily reading log and math homework page. Students should also practice their spelling words and memory verse.

Why is the math/spelling/work so easy?
TAAS follows the traditional American School curriculum. Students enter first grade with various skill levels. The teacher will do her best to increase the difficulty of the work to accommodate students. Remember that the majority of students are learning in a second language (English). Your child may already know the math concept, but still need to practice the English vocabulary related to the concept.

Does my child have to read in English at home?
You and your child may read in your native language for the reading log homework. Research shows that children who are literate in their first language usually acquire second language skills more quickly and easily.

What textbooks do you use?
Reading/Phonics – Pathways, Reading A-Z
Language Arts/Writing – Pathways, Handwriting without Tears
Spelling/Phonics – Pathways, Words Their Way
Math – Saxon
Science – By Design
Social Studies – My World: Adventures in Time and Place
Bible – Belonging to His Family

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