By the end of first grade, your child will have made amazing leaps in learning! Each student will recognize and use all the phonic sounds—including 132 special sounds—needed to phonetically read words! You can provide your first-grade student a strong foundation in knowledge and learning while creating habits from a Christian perspective.
Language Arts also includes reading comprehension and creative writing.
Spelling and Poetry provide first-grade students with a new list of spelling words to learn weekly. They are acquainted with a variety of poetry selected for their beauty of language, aesthetic appeal, literary greatness or character-building qualities. Phonics is orally taught and reviewed with phonics charts, flashcards, and clue word cards, and by applying the sounds on those charts to other words. Students will memorize the sounds so that they can use them to new words and thus expand their reading horizons.
Reading is the foundation upon which much of the first-grade curriculum rests. Because of this, A Beka Book curriculum utilized the phonetic approach in teaching students to read. Each student will successfully learn to read as he masters the application of phonics rules.
Penmanship and cursive writing is an essential aspect of a first grader’s education. Writing class teach and reinforce detailed instructions for the formation of cursive letters.
Arithmetic includes oral and written review, the introduction of new concepts, and the practice of those concepts. Students do a written speed drill each day to reinforce their addition and subtraction tables. Weekly administered tests evaluate their comprehension.
First-grade teachers spend time with classroom students on helpful and fun creative activities that foster creative thinking and responsibility. We strive to produce students who are great readers and who enjoy reading. During activity time they will learn about health, science, and history.