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Welcome to First Grade!

Class Verse: “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not men.”   Colossians 3:23

Class Motto: Today I will be hospitable, a lover of good, self-controlled, upright, holy, and disciplined. Today others will see Jesus in me.   Titus 1:8

Phonics/Reading: The first grade language objectives are to enhance the study of the Abeka curriculum studied in Pre-K and Kindergarten. Students will gain an understanding of the usage of phonetic rules, blends and special sounds. Oral reading skills will be strengthened as well as completing a weekly phonics test. It is important to read nightly from the assigned reader and supplement with the Handbook for Reading.

Sight words are an integral part of any reading program.  67% of the words in our reading material are sight words. We will be learning sight words, writing them, using them in phrases and sentences. Sight word lists will be coming home with your student for you to practice at home while we practice in class.

“A child who reads well possesses a tool to make academic success possible. Reading is a lifetime skill that allows the child to fulfill professional dreams and function in the world. It can give pleasure and access to worlds beyond his/her reach both in space and time. Teaching reading to the young is very important. Children can recognize and name hundreds of things. They understand thousands of words.  They are excited about learning new grown-up skills!” (The Ordinary Parent’s Guide to Teaching Reading).

History: We will learn about our state of Tennessee by doing a unit study and making a booklet about our state tree, motto, flower, seal, etc.. It is important that students learn about the great spiritual history of our country.

Science: We will do a unit study on our fine feathered friends… the birds and make our own booklet! Weather is also a fun topic to learn and study. We will also be conducting a few fun science experiments!!