First Grade Curriculum



  • Old and New Testament themes:  God’s covenant with Abraham’s Family; Jesus, God’s Son
  • Weekly Scripture memory
  • Integration of Biblical worldview in all subjects

Language Arts

  • Phonemic awareness:  Consonant and vowel sounds, digraphs, blends, and rhyme patterns
  • Reading fluency, including 250 sight words
  • Orton-Gillingham phonics instruction and spelling of phonetic and non-phonetic words:
  • Reading comprehension:  Identify main idea, cause and effect, sequence; make predictions
  • Vocabulary: Homophones, synonyms, antonyms; learn new vocabulary in context
  • Listening and speaking: Listen to a variety of genres; present information orally  
  • Spelling: Phonetic and non-phonetic words
  • Writing and grammar:  Rules for capitalization and punctuation; basic parts of speech; journals, poetry, and short narrative and expository writings

Library Skills 

  • Story elements and appreciation of literature
  • Locating and organizing information


  • Numbers and operations:  Numeration, ordinal numbers; addition and subtraction, including mastery of addition facts to 20; place value, simple fractions
  • Measurement: Time, money, customary measurement
  • Graphs and data interpretation
  • Geometry:  Plane and solid figures; sides and corners
  • Estimation, including benchmarks and rounding
  • Algebraic reasoning: patterns, concept of equality; commutative property of addition
  • Problem solving strategies 

Social Studies

  • Civics:  Communities; rules and laws
  • Economics: Producers and consumers
  • Geography: Map skills
  • History: National symbols; Pledge of Allegiance; Culture & holidays, Historic figures

Science:  One science lab class per week

  • Life science: Plant growth and function, animal kingdoms and survival, health and nutrition
  • Earth science: Earth’s resources, weather changes, seasons
  • Physical science: Magnets, sound, properties of gas, liquid, solid

Technology: One class per week

  • Website navigation, computer graphics, introduction to coding and keyboarding

Physical Education:  Two classes per week

  • Personal fitness, group games, rules and techniques, sportsmanship

Music:  Two classes per week

  • Vocal music, listening, rhythm and movement, music appreciation   

Art:   One class per week

  • Elements of visual art, media techniques, critical response

Foreign Language:  One class per week

  • Survey of conversational Spanish and Spanish culture