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First Grade

When students move from kindergarten to first grade they bring with them a growing sense of familiarity with and confidence in the routines of the primary school. Wearing uniforms, playing on the large playground, and lunch in the Dining Room, among many other experiences that are a first in Kindergarten, are now comfortable places where first grade students can exercise their growing bodies, intellects, and characters.
 
First Grade students and families can look forward to:
  • Explorations of self and family
  • Learning to discuss history as students begin to solidify the concept of “long ago” by using timelines
  • In-depth study of fairy tales
  • Brainstorming and building a model town from the ground up.
  • Increasing independence with homework, daily assignments, tasks at school, and organization of materials
  • Many celebrations of lost teeth
These experiences and more make First Grade a year that is marked by pivotal learning and development. Six and seven-year-olds undergo significant physical, cognitive, and social-emotional change. It is during First Grade that most children begin to organize concepts symbolically and systematically and as such we work with each child and his/her family to foster the resultant eagerness, inquisitiveness, imagination, determination, and creativity towards new learning.
 
Six- and seven-year-olds are:
  • Industrious and enthusiastic workers.
  • Growing independent work skills.
  • Learning to “think in their heads” and so, as they develop these inner-thinking skills, a quiet hum in the learning environment can often be heard as children coach themselves through tasks.
  • Developing a more logical approach to the world.
  • More accepting of multiple points of view.
  • Increasingly attentive to the quality of presentation of their work.
  • Lovers of being read to.
  • Very caring and sensitive.
  • Better able to describe feelings and solutions for problems, though still in need of adult support to sort them out.
At the end of each week, families receive a newsletter describing highlights from the week and forecasting the learning and activities that lie ahead. We encourage families to contact us early and often with questions.