Classically Educating Disciples for Christ

First Grade

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BIBLE: The ABC's of God

Primary objectives – The students will be able to:

  • Describe who God is, what he is like, and how we should act toward him.
  • Explain the major characteristics of God, including that he is incomprehensible, eternal, glorious, wise, almighty, sovereign, self-sufficient, faithful, omnipresent, unchanging, omniscient, good righteous, patient, loving, and merciful.
  • Describe how God’s characteristics shape his relationship with us, including that he provides for us, understands us, watches over us, and gives us refuge.
  • Describe God as creator of all that exists.
  • Explain in a rudimentary fashion that God is three persons in one. 
  • Know the Bible stories used to support these objectives and quote key Scriptures for each lesson.

Review objectives – It is understood that primary objectives from the prior year will be taught/reviewed as necessary.

Primary teaching methods

  • Large group instruction—using Bible reading, story telling, pictures, drama, puppets, etc.
  • Large group participation—singing, memorization
  • Projects and art work integrated with other subject areas
  • Use timelines to understand sequence of events.

Primary texts and materials

  • The Bible (ESV)
  • The ABCs of God published by Children Desiring God
  • The Big Book of Questions and Answers About God
  • The Big Book of Questions and Answers About Jesus
  • The Child’s Story Bible
  • Children’s Illustrated Bible
  • Wee Sing Bible Songs

Approximate class time per week - 2 hours

LITERATURE and VOCABULARY

Primary objectives – The students will be able to:

  • Read orally and silently:

Regularly participating in a schedule of oral and silent reading of literature. (This includes the SFS Boni Libri reading program as well as assigned class reading.)
Demonstrating an ability to comprehend and enjoy books with increasing levels of difficulty and complexity.

  • Demonstrate vocabulary knowledge and comprehension by:

Memorizing definitions of selected vocabulary words. 
Substituting vocabulary words for synonymous words or phrases. 
Associating vocabulary words with real life/familiar situations and concepts.

  • Correctly comprehend the literal and inferential meaning of selected literary works by:

Completing work (projects, crafts, worksheets, drawings, etc.) that demonstrates comprehension.
Participating in group discussions.

Identifying basic components of a story (characters, setting, problem/solution, plot, etc.)
Making predictions and value judgments about the story.
Recalling the qualities of the characters in stories and acknowledging those that are worth admiring.
Comparing/contrasting selected reading passages with principles found in scripture.

Review objectives – It is understood that primary objectives from prior years will be taught/reviewed as necessary.

Primary teaching methods

  • Reading groups where students read orally, listen, and follow along with other students
  • Large group instruction
  • Individual and small group instruction based on reading ability
  • Discussion about the book, in large or small groups and answering oral and written questions
  • Use pictures, objects, projects, personal stories, guest speakers, and field trips to increase comprehension and vocabulary, relating as much as possible to the lives of the students
  • Provide time for silent reading and teacher or guest reading to students
  • Integrate with art, Bible, English grammar, history, etc.

Primary texts and materials

  • Book titles from the Samuel Fuller School Literature List
  • Selected comprehension guides from approved publishers (Progeny Press, Veritas Press, Memoria Press, Logos, etc.)

Approximate class time per week – 7 hours

ENGLISH GRAMMAR and WRITING

Primary objectives – Students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate understanding that God gave us letters and language.
  • Demonstrate clear and correct understanding of nouns, verbs, adverbs, adjectives, prepositions, objects of the preposition, and article adjectives.
  • Demonstrate clear and correct understanding of the rules of a simple sentence.
  • Consistently identify subjects, verbs, adverbs, adjectives, and prepositions in written sentences.
  • Accurately identify the complete subject/predicate in a sentence.
  • Identify single/plural words and common/proper nouns.
  • Select synonyms and antonyms for given words.
  • Identify present, past, and future verb tenses.
  • Identify simple sentences and fragments; make fragments into complete sentences.
  • Consistently use correct capitalization in a written sentence.
  • Consistently use correct end mark punctuation in a written sentence.
  • Write a friendly letter, thank you letter, and two-point expository paragraph.
  • Write a sentence following a specific format and then amend it using synonyms and antonyms.

Primary teaching methods

  • Large group instruction
  • Individual instruction/work
  • Play review games
  • Basic parsing/classifying practice
  • Drill and chant jingles

Primary texts and materials

  • The Shurley Method, Level 1

Approximate time per week – 3 hours

PHONICS and SPELLING

Primary objectives—the students will be able to:

  • State that God gave us language and letters.
  • Demonstrate an ability to read unfamiliar words by using basic decoding skills.
  • Use spelling rules to represent the various sounds in a word with the correct letters.
  • Translate phonetic sounds into standard spellings by interpreting phonetic spellings.
  • Spell grade appropriate words in given word lists by rote and application of spelling rules.
  • Use words or word parts to properly form other words using the following concepts: syllable divisions, plural and compound nouns, verb forms, abbreviations, prefixes, suffixes, contractions, etc.
  • Satisfactorily and consistently apply spelling rules in assigned work (including other disciplines.)

Review objectives – It is understood that primary objectives from the prior year will be taught/reviewed as necessary.

Primary teaching methods

  • Large group instruction
  • Individual and small group instruction

Primary texts and materials

  • Saxon Phonics, Level 1

CURSIVE HANDWRITING

Primary objectives -- The student will be able to:

  • Consistently form upper- and lower-case letters from memory with increasing accuracy and style.
  • Demonstrate consistent neatness standards in writing assignments and other work.

Review objectives -- It is understood that primary objectives from prior years will be taught/reviewed as necessary.

Primary teaching methods

  • Large group instruction and assignments
  • Individual instruction

Primary texts and materials
New American Cursive Workbook 2

Approximate class time per week – 2 ¼ hours

MATH

Primary objectives – The students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate understanding that God gave us numbers and mathematical systems to help us in life and to also help us understand his immutable (unchangeable) and logical character.
  • Skip count by fives and tens to 100 in order to count money. 
  • Recognize and count pennies, nickels, dimes, quarters, and dollars.
  • Correctly tell time by five-minute intervals with 90% accuracy.
  • Differentiate between AM and PM.
  • Correctly identify and use 1/2 inch and centimeter markings on a ruler or yardstick.
  • Comprehend and decode simple graphs and scales with 75% accuracy.
  • Complete each assigned math worksheet satisfactorily (75%).
  • Demonstrate ability to use number line concepts (numbers before and after) and count to 400 by ones and 1,000 by hundreds.
  • Work independently to complete written and oral story problems after identifying correct function to use.
  • Correctly count by 2's, 3's, 4's, 5's, 10's, and 25's.
  • Correctly add and subtract two digit numbers, with 75% accuracy.
  • Describe and use correctly fractions 1/2, 1/4, 1/6.
  • Represent and write mixed numbers.
  • Identify basic geometric shapes, congruent shapes and angles, and lines (horizontal, vertical, oblique, parallel, perpendicular).
  • Represent and write 3-digit numbers in expanded form.
  • Correctly identify place value - ones, tens, and hundreds
  • Multiply by 0, 1, 2, 5, and 100.

Review objectives – It is understood that primary objectives from the prior year will be taught/reviewed as necessary.

Primary teaching methods

  • Large group instruction: using daily drills, manipulatives, mental math
  • Written math practice
  • Small group work, individual instruction, flash cards
  • Timed tests
  • Math games

Primary teaching materials

  • Saxon Math 2
  • Math manipulatives (play money, clocks, thermometer, pattern blocks, color tiles, 100 number chart, balance, counters, etc.)

Approximate class time per week – 5 hours

HISTORY/GEOGRAPHY

Primary objectives -- The students will be able to:

  • Begin to understand the chronological flow of history including the following: Creation, Indians, Puritans, Pilgrims, Plimoth Plantation, Mayflower, etc.
  • Gain a basic understanding of American history after the Pilgrims:  The Thirteen Colonies, Benjamin Franklin, the Boston Tea Party, the Declaration of Independence, and the American Revolution.
  • Further understand God’s sovereignty in history.
  • Further understand that it is God’s providential acts that bring about the events of history.
  • Describe the basic lifestyle of the Indians prior to the European settlers: their dress, food,shelters, celebrations, religion, language, and their role in Massachusetts history.
  • Recall names and basic details of first European settlers in Massachusetts.
  • Describe how lifestyles (dress, jobs, entertainment, food) of people living in this area have changed over the period studied.
  • Identify the God-made resources of the area, such as unique soil, rivers, lakes, vegetation, crops, climate, etc.
  • Have a basic understanding of a map and globe.

Review objectives – It is understood that primary objectives from the prior year will be taught/reviewed as necessary.

Primary teaching materials

  • Legends and Leagues published by Veritas Press
  • Stories of the Pilgrims
  • Early American History - A literature Approach
  • The Light and the Glory Activity Book
  • D’aulaire literature books:  Leif the Lucky, Pocahontas, Columbus, George Washington, Benjamin Franklin
  • History Pockets:  Native Americans and Life in Plymouth Colony
  • Map Skills Activity Books 1 and 2
  • Beginning Geography, Vol. 1 & 2
  • The Bible (ESV)
  • ‚ÄčTeacher-made materials including timeline cards
  • Miscellaneous Massachusetts history materials

Primary teaching methods

  • Large group instruction using maps, pictures, guest speakers, artifacts, stories/ biographies, models, and other visual helps to illustrate changes over time
  • Build models, make family trees, make foods, make local crafts, read stories, listen to stories, do drama, make maps, make time capsules
  • Integrate with Bible and art
  • Field trips to locations important to Middleborough and to Massachusetts (e.g.,  Plimouth Plantation, the Mayflower, and Pilgrim Hall Museum)

Approximate class time per week – 2 hours

SCIENCE: The World of Plants

Primary objectives - Students will be able to:

  • State that God is the Creator of the earth and all that is in it.
  • Recognize that water, rocks, soil and living organisms are found on the earth’s surface.
  • Classify living and nonliving things according to the characteristics that they share.
  • Acknowledge that plants are living things.
  • Recognize that plants have life cycles and that life cycles differ for different plants.
  • Explain how plants adapt to the environment that God has provided for them. 
  • Describe the ways in which plants grow and how God has created resources that encourage and sustain that growth.

Review objectives  - it is understood that primary objectives from the prior year will be taught/reviewed as necessary.

Primary teaching methods

  • Large group instruction
  • Simple hands-on experiments and observation

Primary texts and materials

  • God’s Design for Life: The World of Plants by Debbie and Richard Lawrence
  • Learning About Plants workbook
  • Literature and science books to support first grade science objectives
  • Physical elements such as water, rocks, soil, plants, insects, animals
  • Pictures and samples of plants

Approximate class time per week - 1 hour