Small group instruction in reading is key to the high level of success our first grade students achieve. They integrate reading and writing by composing responses to the books they read. First grade students practice basic computation skills and problem solving through the use of textbooks and hands-on math lessons.Reading and Language Arts
Our Lady of Guadalupe School uses Accelerated Reading an excellent phonics-based reading program. Ongoing assessments ensure continual improvement in reading fluency and comprehension. Our program includes:
- Acquiring and developing the skills of writing, reading, listening, speaking and critical thinking through diverse, multi-sensory experiences.
- Writing and speaking in complete and coherent sentences about experiences, stories, people, objects and events.
- Learning basics of punctuation and capitalization.
- Spelling independently three- and four-letter short-vowel and grade-appropriate sight words.
- Listening attentively; asking questions for clarification and understanding.
- Giving, restating, and following simple two-step directions.
- Staying on topic when speaking
- Using descriptive words about people, places, objects, and events.
Our Lady of Guadalupe School uses Accelerated Math. Students work at their own rate of comprehension and math groups are fluid.
- Instruction stresses the fundamentals of number sense and gives students opportunities to use this knowledge to solve real world problems.
- The use of manipulatives enables hands-on learning.
- Students learn and use the concept of ones and tens in the place value number system. They add and subtract small numbers with ease, measure with simple units and locate objects in space. They describe data and analyze and solve simple problems.
Scientific concepts are taught through the use of state-adopted textbooks and discovery in our science laboratory. Students use the scientific method of discovery to conduct hands-on experiments and report data.
- Physical Science - Students learn the properties common to all solids, liquids, and gases and investigate the changes that may occur when solids and liquids are heated.
- Life Science - The focus is on favorable habitats of plants and animals.
- Earth Science - Students record and predict weather trends by season and study the relationship between the earth and sun.
- Investigation and Experimentation - Students continue to develop the ability to make quantitative observations and comparisons by recording and using numbers. Recording requires careful observation, comparison, and establishment of the order of objects and events.
Students gain a better understanding of the world around them by using a variety of supplemental materials to enhance learning. Students will:
- Compare and contrast the absolute and relative locations of places and people and describe the physical and/or human characteristics of places,
- Understand basic economic concepts and the role of individual choice in free-market economy.
- Understand the elements of fair play and good sportsmanship, respect for the rights and opinions of others, and respect for rules by which we live, including the meaning of the "Golden Rule."