First grade is a benchmark year signaled by the move to the “Big Building.”
First grade emphasizes a literature-based approach to reading, as well as continued phonics and reading strategy instruction. Teaching groups become even smaller, allowing for increased differentiation to address readiness and skill scaffolding. Children write facts and present their research integrating the study of an Australian animal. Math instruction includes many hands-on experiences in order to build strong number sense, including biweekly graphing projects and homework based on building fact fluency through games and technology.
Our school history and neighborhoods are the focus of social studies, and the children take field trips to St. Louis neighborhoods, including The Hill and The Loop. Closing Circle is a time where children problem solve together any social challenges that may occur.