The children discover so much about themselves and the world around them. They learn to do things without the help of a parent or teacher, and begin to take responsibility for themselves.
They learn to read, write, add, subtract, and somehow absorb everything taught with enthusiasm and wonder.
Friendships form along
with a love of learning.
I believe children learn best when they are relaxed and happy.
School should be a place where children want to be because they are accepted and appreciated for who they are.
I want each student of mine to come into class smiling, and
leave in the exact same way.
If a child feels confident and good about himself or herself, the sky's the limit.
Working each day with first graders is both rewarding and fun.
I find that first grade is a year of discovery and independence.
Mrs. Diane Hagerty
1st Grade Teacher
"The best teacher
is not the one
the most into a pupil,
but who gets the most out of one.”
Sydney J. Harris
Grade One students are exposed to various authors and genres in our
Harcourt Trophies Reading series.
There are five basal readers that comprise this series along with two workbooks which review spelling words, grammatical skills, and phonemic awareness skills.
In addition to these basal readers, the students learn to read using leveled books that are practiced in an Individualized Reading Program.
We use Sadlier Phonics, Religion, and Math workbooks as well as a McDougal, Littell Handwriting Connections workbook which is based on the D’Nealian style of writing.
We do one Science unit per month and incorporate Social Studies topics throughout the school year.
The students have Art, Music, Spanish, Computer, and Physical Education classes each week and have biweekly visits to our library.
First grade is a year of independence, learning and fun!