In First Grade, We’re Building Strong Foundations.
Our first grade curriculum focuses on building strong foundations for academic and social learning. Students in first grade learn to balance one’s own needs and wishes with the interests of the classroom community. These skills and habits of mind will support our students’ growth as lifelong learners.
During a read-aloud, Teacher Susan discusses friendship, the power of words, and how these things connect to the lives of the six and seven-year-old students before her. For these young readers and writers know that when you connect the characters, events, and information in books to the knowledge and experience you already possess, the story becomes meaningful and oh so comprehensible.
Learning to read and write are intricately connected and build upon each other as children develop their ability to identify and represent sounds, learn common spelling patterns, and increase their sight word vocabulary. At Friends School Haverford students learn to read and write in the context of self-expression and connecting meaningfully with others. Come visit. We will show you how children happily develop mastery of the language arts in a classroom community that promotes confidence and kindness.
In first grade, we show the importance of serving both our immediate and our larger communities. All first graders share the responsibility of taking care of the first grade classroom. Students rotate amongst designated jobs, ranging from Line Leader to Table Cleaner, and work together to maintain the harmony and order of the classroom environment. In the second half of the year, first graders organize a month-long Read-a-thon. Our budding readers ask friends and family members to sponsor and donate money for each book the student reads. The class donates profits from the Read-a-thon to Reach Out and Read Greater Philadelphia, an organization that provides books and literacy education to young children. First graders’ reading abilities develop alongside their understanding of the importance of literacy, at FSH and elsewhere.
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