Kindergarten & First Grade Classroom
8:00 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.
Core academics — Self contained
Physical Education, Art, & Music — Specialists
Field trips to Central Oregon Pumpkin Co., High Desert Museum, and others
Literature: Students get to know a different author/illustrator each month. They retell and draw about familiar stories. They also create art in the style of some illustrators, such as Eric Carle.
Phonics (A Beka): With songs, toys, and puppets, kindergarten students learn the names and sounds of letters. They also learn to blend letter sounds to read and write simple words and stories. First graders use games and practice to learn “special sounds”, such as /ou/ in out, prefixes and suffixes, and syllable rules to be able to read and write more challenging words and stories. They read twice daily from either readers or simple chapter books.
Handwriting Without Tears: Through songs, games, and lots of supervised practice, students learn to hold their pencils correctly and to form numbers and letters, both capital and lower case. They also learn to print their first and last names, to write sentences, and to use !, ?, and . correctly. First graders learn to write simple paragraphs.
Singapore Math: Kindergartners play with teddy bear counters, dinosaurs, blocks, and other objects to learn math concepts of numbers to 100, place value to tens’ place, addition and subtraction within 20, shapes, measurement, and money. First graders continue using objects to advance their number concepts, addition, and subtraction within 100.
Science: Students explore God’s creation through activities, experiments, and observations. Topics vary by year, but include: senses, seasons and weather, geology, astronomy, plants, animals and their habitats, magnets, electricity, and matter. Students experiment, write, draw, plant, build, and learn.
History: Students learn about our country, our flag, and our holidays. Other topics vary by year, but include: the ancient civilizations of Egypt, Mesopotamia, Incas, Mayans, Aztecs; the modern countries of Mexico, China, Pakistan, Uganda, Australia, Canada, and England; and America’s exploration and settlement, including Native tribes. They also learn the names of the continents and oceans.
Bible: Students learn to apply Bible lessons to their own lives for now and in the future. Through stories, skits, and crafts, they learn major characters in the Old Testament, as well as the life of Jesus, and Early Church missionaries. They also enjoy hearing about modern-day missionaries at work around the world.
Physical Education: P.E. time twice a week helps develop fine and gross motor skills, such as balance, throwing, catching, dribbling, kicking and running. Students also learn sportsmanship: how to win or lose graciously.
Music: Students develop a basic understanding of music through singing and dance. They have numerous opportunities throughout the year to sing in front of an audience.
Art: Students learn about color and design through the use of various media. They study various artists and art styles throughout history.