Welcome to 1st Grade at KCA!
Our 1st grade teachers know how to combine infuse fun with a love for learning! Students enjoy a variety of academic courses throughout the week, as well as Computer, Music, Art, and Physical Education.
As you can see from the photo on the left, we do occasionally have non-uniform days at KCA. In this photo, our first graders had just finished putting on a chapel presentation for the Lower School. They performed short skits and songs to teach others about the Fruits of the Spirit. From the big smiles and bright outfits, it's clear they had a great time sharing God's word with their peers.
A unique aspect of our 1st grade curriculum is that our young students are taught cursive writing! While many schools have done away with teaching and using cursive in the classroom, we believe that good penmanship is important. Students spend the first half of the year solidifying their printing and then move on to cursive writing in January.
1st Grade Academics
First graders continue to learn to read, write, comprehend and communicate language through a phonics system coupled with graduated reading material. Through our creative writing emphasis, the children learn to use their skills to write original stories and share their opinion. In addition, first graders are taught the basic formation of the cursive alphabet.
Phonics, spelling, grammar, penmanship, reading and writing and integrated across the curriculum. Students learn that through reading and writing, we are able to read and understand God's Word, which opens up a way for us to know and grow in Him.
Textbooks used: A Beka Reading 7 Phonics, Letters & Sounds 1, Workbook by A Beka, Language 1 by A Beka, A Beka Readers and supplemental literature, Spelling by A Beka, Penmanship Workbook by A Beka
As amazing variety of mathematical concepts are introduced and explored! Students develop their understanding of mathematical language and view the order and relationship of number concepts and families. Some units of study include:
Textbooks used: Purposeful Design by ACSI
The purpose of the Social Studies curriculum is to introduce students to a study of their world, both past and present. Students learn about our own great country's symbols and freedoms. They will be exposed to some of the early Americans who established this nation. They also learn geographical points of interest from coast to coast as well as an overview of nations around the world.
Textbooks used: A Beka My America/My World books
The major goal of the science curriculum is to develop a knowledge of our God whom we see revealed in the world around us, promote scientific literacy, and encourage a Biblical perspective of the study of scientific systems. Students study units to gain concepts and understanding in the areas of physical and earth sciences. They will explore the language and procedure of scientific method through developing and completing a class science project.
Textbooks used: Science 1 for Christian Schools by Bob Jones University Press
First grade students explore God's love for us! Through the study of Bible characters, students will explore God's grace in action. The plan of salvation is taught and personal opportunity is interwoven in discussion. Each week, students learn, memorize and recite a verse as part of their weekly lesson.
Textbook used: Purposeful Design
SPECIAL COURSES OFFERED EACH WEEK
Computer - Technology based program with grade appropriate in-class projects assigned
Music - The class ins introduced to chimes with students taught tracking *learning to play on their note) along with left and right hand coordination. Quarter, half, and whole notes are introduced. Additionally, rehearsal takes place as students prepare for the Christmas musicale.
Art - First grade is an introduction to the basic elements of art. Students use a variety of media, such as paint, watercolor, tissue paper, crayons, color pencils, They learn techniques to explore and gain a better understanding of the elements and how they are used to create art. The second half of the year relates the elements to masters, such as Da Vinci, Picasso, Homer and Carle.
Physical Education - Students are taught good sportsmanship, body awareness (naming muscles, etc), and how the body moves. Manipulative skills are taught including rolling, catching, throwing, striking, kicking, trapping and dribbling. Both locomotor (walking, leaping, running) and non-locomoter skills (stretching, pushing, pulling) are introduced. Presidential Fitness testing is done with this grade level in the fall and spring.
Library - Students visit the library each week to check out books and enjoy activities with our librarian
Homework consists of approximately 30 minutes of work on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. Students read, practice a weekly Bible verse, spelling work, math facts and phonics charts. Much of the reading homework done in this grade is oral, and parent help is much appreciated to ensure students are comprehending the material.