1st Grade

Language Arts Material (Abeka Book Curriculum)

  • Letters and Sounds
  • Writing with Phonics (manuscript)
  • Spelling and Poetry
  • Language Seatwork


We start the year reviewing vowel sounds and quickly move into special sounds and phonetic blends. 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 and compound words, picture vs. word recognition and much more.

Language Arts

We study matching pictures with phrases, filling in missing words in sentences. They also learn rhyming and compound words as well as sentence structure. Students are taught from the very beginning about capital letters and periods. We quickly move into nouns and capitalization. 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 textbook for daily practice. The entire year is dedicated to making letter formation correct and  handwriting legible.

Spelling and Poetry

Students receive a weekly spelling list of 10-20 words. The words are grouped together according to phonetic rules. Poetry is read weekly and at the end of the year, we bind them into a memory book.

History and Geography (Abeka Book Curriculum)

My America and My World

We start the year learning about the America's symbols of freedom including the American flag. We also study the people of America and each state. We learn about geography including directions and basic map skills. The students also learn about countries around the world.

Science (ACSI Curriculum)

Purposeful Design Science One

We study science twice a week including:

  • Life Science
    • mammals, fish, birds and insects
    • humans body
  • Physical Science
    • movement machines
  • Earth & Space

In the spring, GVCS hosts a Science Fair. All students  are required to submit a project.

Math (Saxon 2nd Grade Curriculum)

  • Counting
  • Number Writing
  • Place Value
  • Addition and Subtraction
  • Problem Solving
  • Money

Bible (Abeka Book Curriculum)

Story cards are used to make our way through the Bible starting in Genesis as well as Paul in the New Testament. The stories are in everyday language and give real-life examples of how to apply Bible lessons. A Bible verse is learned and tested monthly.

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 as well as for homework. 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 individually-graded reading assessment each week.


Electives (once a week)

  • P.E.
  • Music
  • Art
  • Computers
  • Chapel