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.
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.
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.
Reading (Abeka Book Curriculum)
Throughout the year, we go through 9 curriculum reading books.
- Fun With Pets
- Tip Toes
- Stepping Stones
- Secrets and Surprises
- 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.
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.
Bible (Deep Roots First Grade)
Deep Roots is a new Apologetics and worldview Bible curriculum. Focused on equipping students with the tools and training to stand firm in the face of today’s cultural challenges. A Bible verse is learned and tested weekly.
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 (Nancy Larson)
Nancy Larson Science One
We study science twice a week including:
- Describing the Life Stages of Human Beings
- Observing Trees
- Exploring Sunlight, Water, and Soil
- Investigating Animals and Their Habitats
- Discovering What is Inside of Our Bodies
- Examining the Characteristics and Life Cycles of Insects
Math (Saxon 2nd Grade Curriculum)
- Number Sense and Numeration
- Concepts of Whole Number Operations
- Whole Number Computation
- Fractions and Decimals
- Algebra and Functions
- Shapes and Spatial Relationships
- Time and Calendar
- Linear Measure
- Weight, Capacity, Perimeter, and Area
- Data Analysis, Statistics, and Probability
- Problem Solving
Electives (once a week)