First Grade Curriculum


Our Bible series is One in Christ by Concordia Publishing. We will have weekly bible stories and memory verses. Weekly All School chapel is Wednesday at 8:40 a.m. Please join us if you can.


Math goals for the year include counting to 100 by 1, 2, 5, and 10 (oral and written), understanding addition and subtraction facts to 20, (1 and 2 digit) with the introduction of carrying and borrowing, telling time to the hour and half hour, using a ruler, and geometry. This year grades kindergarten through sixth will be using the new EnVision math series by Pearson. This series aligns with Common Core Standards. It also leads us into a digital age of curriculum. Each student will have their own online information to access their full student book. There are also other resources online that you as parents will have access to. We will continue with math facts in a flash this year.


In Social Science, first graders learn about reading and making maps, where our food comes from and studies about their world beginning with families and friends, neighborhoods, cities, states, countries and the world. We use Houghton Mifflin.


Our reading program is from Pearson. The goal is for first grade students to be able to read and write stories, poems, and nonfiction. We work on phonics throughout the year, including the use of a Christian phonics program called Victory Drill. English and spelling skills are taught in conjunction with reading. We write both as a class and individually. Grades kindergarten through six will be using the writing series, Step Up To Writing. This will compliment our Language Arts series and give us structured approach to writing skills.


Students in first grade work on manuscript handwriting, using a text called A Reason for Handwriting.


Primary classrooms are equipped with computers. Students utilize programs such as Math Facts in a Flash and take Accelerated Reading Tests.


First graders collect socks for the Elk Grove Clothes Closet.


Home and school communication is a vital link to your child having a successful school experience at St. Peter’s. It takes all of us working together to provide for your child. Each class has a class page on Sycamore School Management Systems. Each Friday the events and curriculum for the next week, (Friday notes), will be posted on the class page and also emailed to your address. You can communicate with your child’s teacher on Sycamore through the PAN (Pass A Note) system or email. The teacher will respond within 24 business hours. Please use this feature whenever you can. You may also call the school office and leave a message for the teacher to return your call. Your Friday notes and Sycamore pages are the best way to know what is happening in your child’s school life. Your child will also bring home an envelope on Friday which will include previous finished work and the homework packet for the coming week.


Homework consists of memorizing a Bible verse and reading and practicing Victory Drill and Math Drill. Homework packets are sent home and should be returned the following week.

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