Mrs. Erin Geffert
Grade 1 Teacher
"For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also." Matthew 6:21
The students will learn about God's love and promises through a chronological walk through the Bible. They will learn that Jesus, their Savior, died to take away their sins. Students will have a weekly memory lesson, daily devotions and lead chapel twice a year.
First grade curriculum incorporates reading, listening, writing, speaking and thinking to build the skills for communication. The children will develop their decoding skills through phonemic awareness and their comprehension skills through the use of guided reading, semantic maps, weekly assessment of stories and the accelerated reader program. Spelling activities will assist reading skills through word families, word sorts and dictation. Children will read poems, informational text, Big Books, and leveled readers to develop fluency and comprehension. Grammar and punctuation will be introduced through daily writing activities and English lessons.
First graders will explore number sense, addition and subtraction through eighteen, place value, data and graphs, geometry, time, money, measurement and probability. Students will experience these math concepts through the use of a variety of manipulatives, diagrams, and daily lessons.
First grade curriculum will focus on citizenship within the family and the community. The students will learn about geography, economics, and history.
There are four units that are emphasized in first grade; the Human Body, Earth Science, Physical Science, and Life Science. Students will learn about living and non-living things and their habitats, the earth's surface, natural resources, and weather, the three states of matter, and the fives senses.
Students will be introduced to various media and explore some of the principles and elements of art and design through drawing, painting, sculpture, and collage. Students will explore art as it relates to other disciplines and units of study such as social studies, science and literature.
Students will understand the many types of technology, the importance of them, and identify the common uses of technology in our every day lives. Students will learn the basic parts of the computer and be able to recognize and name them. Identify the basic functions and care for various hardware on the computer. Students will use a variety of age appropriate technologies for sharing information (drawing and writing) and recognize the functions of basic file commands (new, open, close, save, print).
Students will demonstrate an awareness of fitness components, progress toward the mature form of locomotor and non-locomotor skills, and exhibit body awareness thorough exploration of speed, space and direction. Students will demonstrate progress toward the mature forms of throwing, kicking and catching. Students will understand good sportsmanship in activity, as well as the importance of physical activities leading to a healthy lifestyle.
Students are offered the opportunity to explore various beats and rhythms. Students play percussion and sing. In addition, the students learn the written value of musical notes, and become acquainted with compositions and composers of various time periods.
Choir (Sonshiners) Grades 1-4
Students meet weekly and learn many songs, which are sung throughout the year, during Chapel (monthly), Church (quarterly), Christmas Musicals, Spring Musicals, and in a special Student Led Worship once a year.
Textbooks and Other Sources
VoyagesConcordia Publishing House, 2001
MathematicsSadlier Oxford, 2006
Language ArtsMcGraw-Hill MacMillan, 2005
EnglishBeka-Language 1, 1995
SpellingConcerned Group, 1999
HandwritingConcerned Group, 2004
ScienceScott Foresman, 2003
Social StudiesMacMillan McGraw Hill, 2005