Language Arts Material (ABeka Book Curriculum)
- Letters and Sounds
- Writing with Phonics (manuscript)
- Spelling and Poetry
- Language Seatwork
We start off the year reviewing long and short vowel sounds. We quickly move into special sounds and phonetic blends. We work on special sounds all year long and they progressively get more difficult. Special sounds are emphasized throughout the ABeka curriculum as their primary tool in beginner reading. Special sounds and beginning and ending word sounds are very important in decoding new words. Throughout the year, we also learn about rhyming words, compound words, picture vs. word recognition and much more. Special sounds are drilled daily.
In first grade language, we are studying how to put pictures with phrases that match, filling in missing words in sentences, filling the blanks, rhyming words, compound words and most important sentence structure. Students are taught from the very beginning about capital letters and periods. We quickly move into nouns and what needs to be capitalized within sentences. By the end of the year, students are writing 1-2 page stories using complete sentences.
First Grade uses traditional manuscript. We use a handwriting text book for daily practice. The students practice special sounds within these worksheets. The entire year of handwriting is dedicated to making their handwriting legible and the correct formation of letters.
Spelling and Poetry
Starting week 5 of the school year, students receive a weekly spelling list. They range from 10-20 words depending on the time of the year. The spelling words are grouped together according to phonetic rules. Poetry is done weekly and each student has an ongoing poetry binder in their desk. After we read and illustrate the weekly poem, they add it to their binder. At the end of the year, we bind them and they have a First Grade Poetry memory book to keep forever.
History and Geography (A Beka Book Curriculum)
My America and My World
We start the year learning about the American Flag, America's Freedom's and Symbols of America. We move into then talking about people of America and the states that make up the United States of America. We learn about geography skills such as directions (north, south, east west and even NE, NW etc.) and basic map skills. After we journey through America, we take a trip around the world. We read and study Europe, South America, India, China, Australia and many more. There are no tests in History or Geography.
Science (ACSI Curriculum)
Purposeful Design Science One
Science class is twice a week. We have a unit of Life Science where we study animals- mammals, fish, birds and insects. We then have a unit on Physical Science- Movement and Machines. Next is another Life Science Unit on the Human Body- teeth, bones and muscles, heart and blood, lungs and air, stomach and food. Lastly we study Earth and Space- seasons and space.
In the Spring, GVCS has a Science Fair. All students grades 1-12 are required to do a science project. More information is given on the specifics of this project in each individual class.
Math (Saxon 2nd Grade Curriculum)
Here are some examples of what is learned in math throughout the year:
- Counting- from 1-1000; forwards and backwards by 1, 2, 3, 5, 10 and 25; before and after numbers; Roman Numerals
- Number Writing- 1-1000; Roman Numerals 1-10
- Place Value- ones, tens, hundreds; < and > and = symbols, Order of 4 numbers, between numbers etc.
- Addition and Subtraction- Fact families 1-18; one and two digit subtraction; solving word problems; adding three number combinations; adding and carrying
- Problem Solving- creating story problems; illustrating story problems; choosing the operation; solving given extra facts
- Money- counting pennies, dimes, nickels, quarters, 50 cent pieces and counting in mixed order.
Bible (ABeka Book Curriculum)
Story cards are used to make our way through the Bible starting off in Genesis and making our way through Paul in the New Testament. The stories are in real everyday language and give true life examples of how to apply Bible lessons. A Bible verse is learned monthly and tested monthly as well. We have Bible lessons on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. Wednesday's are GVCS Elementary Chapels. Friday's are Bible test days.
Reading (ABeka Book Curriculum)
Throughout the year, we go through 10 curriculum reading books.
- Fun With Pets
- Tip Toes
- Stepping Stones
- Secrets and Surprises
- The Bridge Book
- Animals in the Great Outdoors
- Kind and Brave
- Aesop's Fables
- Strong and True
- Down By The Sea
The books are read daily in class either in small reading groups or as a class. They are also read at home during the week through their homework packet assignments. In reading groups, new special sounds are introduced and drilled. We also work on reading for fluency, comprehension, expression and properly reading punctuation. Each child has their own reading handbook full of special sound charts, drills for each special sound and sample readings. These handbooks are also read during reading groups. Every child has an individual graded reading assessment each week.
- Monday- no tests
- Tuesday- Handwriting
- Thursday- Phonics
- Friday- Spelling and Bible
*Graded reading assessments are given throughout the week for each child.
**Science tests are given at the end of each chapter which happens about once or twice a month.**
- P.E.- 1 time per week
- Music - 1 time per week
- Art- 1 time per week
- Computers- 1 time per week
- Chapel- 1 time per week