First Grade

  • First grade is a very important transition year for every student in the classroom. It is the job of the teacher to help prepare the students for the rest of their school careers by teaching them the foundations of reading, phonics. In addition, we are learning the importance of the writing process.  In my first grade classroom, I utilize many different teaching styles to meet the needs of all of my students. With a healthy combination of kinesthetic, linguistic, and visual learning, students are challenged in different ways to fit their specific educational needs.

    A typical day in first grade begins with our morning routine. Students come into the classroom and complete their morning responsibilities. Afterwards, we sit as a class on the rug and have our morning meeting to talk about important events and review our plans for the day. After our morning routine and meeting, we jump into the curriculum.

    As stated previously, first grade is a very important year for learning how to read and write independently. At Woodlawn Catholic Regional School, we utilize the Superkids Reading program for ELA instruction. Writing and reading instruction is also be supplemented with whole group, small group, and individualized instruction. The goal in first grade is to help develop independence in the student’s reading.

    During mathematics, students learn from the Eureka Math program. This daily math program provides differentiated instruction to suite the needs of all students. Using this program, students learn and master concepts of addition and subtraction throughout the school year.

    One of the best parts of my job is having the privilege to teach children about the word of God. In first grade, we use the We Believe: God Loves Us by Sadlier.  In this book we explore the life of Jesus, the Holy Sacraments, and what it means to be a good Catholic.

    In science we are taking advantage of the Nancy Larson program for first graders. This program features science exploration with the help of hands on activities to aid students in the learning process. Topics including the life cycle of plants, investigation of animals and their habitats, and the life cycle of humans are discussed throughout the school year.

    During social studies, students explore who they are within the larger community. They learn about how local government operates and their role as productive citizens in the community. Students begin to grasp what it means be a good citizen in the places they live.

    With the help of small class sizes and a well-rounded curriculum, Woodlawn Catholic Regional School is the perfect place to start and end your child’s education before high school. With grades ranging from preschool- 8th grade, you will be giving your child the opportunity to have an individualized differentiated learning experience and they will not only grow academically but to grow personally in a community with Catholic values.