Students are taught how to identify nouns, verbs and adjectives, as well as the parts of a sentence such as subject and predicate. They differentiate between telling and asking sentences and recognize basic punctuation rules. They are exposed to basic grammar rules of capitalization, pronoun use, and past and present verb tenses.


Students learn proper formation of and practice writing manuscript lower-case and capital letters, numbers and number words using the D’Nealian method, preparing them for cursive.


Students learn to develop skills to move them toward becoming independent readers. Anthologies are used, along with phonics instruction activities, independent activity pages and interactive
white board.


Students are taught words that use English phonemes as well as common non-phonetic words. The words during the first half of the year contain predominantly short vowels, blends and some long vowel sounds. Later lessons introduce vowel digraphs, more complex special words and additional blends.


Students learn basic facts of addition and subtraction to 18. Lessons include, but are not limited to, introduction to and daily practice of the calendar and seasons, measurement, time to the hour and half hour, fractions, money, geometry and graphing. Daily hands-on whole group lessons with practice and reinforcement on homework pages.


Students learn about the God who created them, the Savior who redeemed them, and the Holy Spirit who works faith in their hearts. They will be shown that they are a forgiven child of God and a special part of His family, the church. They will be taught that worship is a way we respond to God’s love and that through service to others we are serving God. Memory verses are a required part of the curriculum.


Students learn about the creativity of God as we study trees, animals, the growth and development of humans and other living things, and the weather. Space, the sun, moon, stars, planets, plants and flowers, and birds are also units of study.

Social Studies

Students learn about where we live, beginning with homes to neighborhoods, communities, states, countries, and the world. Students learn that we belong to different groups and how to cooperate and work together. Jobs and money and the difference between needs and wants, geographical features of our world and some of the early history of our country is included, as well as discussion about celebrations in our families, our country, and even the world.


Children develop their artistic abilities, as they become more knowledgeable of art as an expression of themselves. They will add to their developing skills in art the use of color, value, line, shape, texture, pattern, and design. As is appropriate at this age, students begin to critique their own artwork and that of others. By introducing different Master artists and their works, students begin to appreciate different styles of art and become familiar with the artists who created them. They will come to understand that their creative expressions are a gift from God, who is the Master Creator of all.


Computer classes include learning how to use a mouse and touchpad, how to navigate around a computer and desktop and keyboarding skills. Students will also begin to master logging into the student’s account navigating to some school appropriate web pages.
Students will recognize, clap, and move to the beat in music. They will explore differences in musical sounds, instruments and music styles. They will also learn songs through choir and have the opportunity to perform them on occasion.

Physical Education

The 1st grader is introduced to manipulative skills such as throwing, catching, kicking, rolling, and striking. Activities that teach teamwork and fair play are introduced. Relays, simple exercises such as jumping jacks, naming of body parts, directional signals of right and left, clock-wise and counter clock-wise are learned. Dodging, chasing, and traveling in a variety of ways are favorites at this stage of development. Mental games that sharpen listening skills and imagination are introduced.

One in Christ Concordia Publishing House, 2011

Saxon Math Saxon Publishers, 1997

Scott Foresman Reading Scott Foresman, 2013

My World – McGraw Hill, 1999

D’Nealian Handwriting Scott Foresman, 2008

Physical Education for Elementary School Children Kirchner/Glenn William C. Brown Publishers, 1989
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