Programs - Grades
In first grade children still have just as much energy as they did in kindergarten, so it is vital that the teacher engage this lively bunch with creativity and activity in all lessons! Letters are initially introduced through pictures. Alliterative verses reinforce the sounds and are carefully copied into the student’s first readers together with illustrations. As the school year progresses, fairy tales, folk tales and nature stories are told, recalled, discussed and dramatized honing memory, comprehension and language skills. Utilizing this wonderful whole language approach, some of these tales are also copied into lesson books. The children learn to read from treasured records of their own writing. Children also learn to decode words using traditional phonics techniques. The four basic mathematic processes are personified and introduced through engaging stories. Poor Minnie Minus seems to lose everything she puts into her pockets through the holes in the bottoms… Multiplication tables are set to music and sung; they are also clapped and stomped to rhythm as well as being read and written. The groundwork is laid for more complex handwriting skills and drawing with simple lines and shapes. In the early grades, science is the world most immediately around us: Nature observation, creating pictorial journals, and discussions form the core of first grade science.
Children who have turned six by June first are considered for advancement to 1st grade. Waiting until children are a bit older means they are more likely to be fully ready and hungry for this phase of their education.
To peruse some of the major themes of River Valley’s grade school curriculum at each grade level, please see below:1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Specialty classes