When students reach first grade they have grasped the fundamentals of being a member of the classroom community. Increased responsibility comes in impulse control and adherence to the routines of the group.
Children in first grade will be able to identify simple sight words, as well as their printed name. Students will build on their phonological awareness, sound out unfamiliar words and learn all about the special sounds in the English language. Students will strengthen their writing skills, use grammar and punctuation as well as capitalization to put their ideas into written words.
In second grade students become masters of simple addition and subtraction as well as strategies for simple addition and subtraction within 20. Students will develop an understanding of whole number relationships and place value, including grouping in tens and ones as well as an understanding of linear measurement and measuring lengths as iterating length units. Students will build on their understanding of shapes and their composition as well as develop their knowledge of constructing shapes out of their components.
Budding scientists learn to make and record observations as well as expand on their understanding of life science through studying plants and animals. Students in first grade learn to observe the weather as well as the natural phenomena that occurs in their everyday world. Students begin to study physical sciences such as states of matter.
Students further their exploration of the world around them through understanding the functions of cities, states, and countries. Hands-on learning is enhanced with a variety of local trips to points of interest in the community.