Welcome to First Grade at
Shady Side Academy Junior School
first grade overview
The Language Arts program in first grade has a variety of components to meet the wide range of abilities at this level. Children and literature are the core of this program, which is integrated into all other subject areas. Reading, handwriting, speaking, listening spelling, written expression and grammar are all interrelated. Each serves to reinforce and enhance the others. Guided reading groups occur with the support of our Orton-Gillingham certified Reading Specialist.
Most of the Social Studies Program is integrated with the thematic units of study. Students learn the importance of community, friendship, family, geography, beginning map skills, oceans and continents, environmental responsibilities, famous and not so famous people, explorers, and the world around them. Current events are discussed when they are appropriate. They learn the aspects of being good citizens by practicing everyday at school and adhering to the Guiding Principles of Shady Side Academy.
The first grade mathematics is "Math in Focus/Singapore Math" from Houghton Mifflin. This year, first graders will focus on: building problem solving skills and strategies, counting, comparing, and writing numbers to 100, adding and subtrating one-digit and two-digit numbers. classifying and sorting shapes and patterns, measuring length and weight, and using calendars, time, and money.
Thematic units might include: ladybugs, pumpkins, bees, bats, friendship, apples, celebrations, family, Polar Regions, pigs, owls, Pond Life, Australia.
My name is Carol Hendershot and I have been teaching at Shady Side for twenty-four years. I began teaching third grade and have been working with first graders for 19 years. My classroom is always busy, and sometimes noisy, with six and seven year olds actively learning. Together with my partner, Jennifer Keller our curriculum touches on many high interest topics that children eagerly embrace. I look forward to working as a partnership with you and your child to make this school year a fun and productive experience.
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