A wonderful year awaits every first-grade child at Immaculata Catholic School.
Religion: We Believe continues as the first grade text. The students study how God and Jesus love them. They learn more about Catholic doctrine, the Seven Sacraments, Scripture, and The Commandments. Their course of study prepares them for receiving the Holy Eucharist in second grade.
The math program comes from the Pearson Math Series. It is a continuing math education program that builds year to year. The students will learn the relationship between addition and subtraction, deepen their understanding of place value, learn about standard units of measurement, and learn to tell time to the half hour.They will also begin the basics of geometry and learn how to interpret data on a graph. Mountain Math and Calendar Math give students daily practice. There will also be nightly homework in math.
English Language Arts
The Journeys English Language Arts Program (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) is a comprehensive program that integrates oral reading fluency, reading comprehension, spelling, writing, grammar and phonics concepts and skills. Children will have a weekly story from their reader, as well as a take-home book that is to be read aloud nightly. Orton-Gillingham multisensory ELA techniques are integrated into daily lessons. O.G. promotes success in reading, writing, and spelling for students with language-based learning differences, such as dyslexia. O.G. is highly effective for all students because it teaches all learning pathways: visual, auditory and tactile/kinesthetic. Children trace, say, and hear textured letter cards to learn letter sounds/names. Actively involving all the senses simultaneously makes learning more meaningful and much quicker. Children learn to associate a finger tap for each sound they hear before they say and write the letters. It is a reliable way for students to "check" their spelling.
First graders begin the year with social studies and dedicate the second half of the year to science. They use the Horizon Social Studies Series and the Foss Series for Science. In science class, student perform hand-on experiments that inspire curiosity and investigation.