In first grade students continue to acquire reading skills and develop their reading comprehension and fluency by reading beginning reading and on-level texts. Students participate in shared, guided, and independent reading activities. They retell stories, and learn how to identify characters, settings, and major events in a text. Students also learn how to tell the main differences between books that tell stories and books that give information.
Phonics instruction continues to remain a major focus in first grade and students learn to distinguish beginning, ending, and middle sounds, and distinguish between short and long vowel sounds. Students also learn a number of key phonograms. First graders learn to read an increasing number of grade-appropriate sight and high frequency words.
Students print all upper and lowercase letters and use correct spacing between letters in a word and words in a sentence. They also develop their understanding of English grammar including the proper use of punctuation, capitalization, nouns, verbs, adjectives, simple conjunctions, and prepositions. Students also attempt to write unknown words using their knowledge of phonics and spelling conventions. First graders engage in a variety of writing activities across the curriculum.
Students continue to benefit from center time to strengthen their language and math skills in a small group setting.
The first grade curriculum follows the Saxon Math program. In this curriculum we cover the following the topics using hands on activities and manipulatives: calendar concepts, telling time, counting by 2’s, 5’s, and 10’s, counting money, adding and subtracting (up to two digits), and other math skills. Students also learn how to interpret data in bar graphs, identify solid and plane shapes in geometry and work with fractions.
First graders learn to work and be a team as they learn through the following topics: Families, friends, neighborhoods, holidays around the world, communities and their workers, transportation and Thailand. Social studies topics are supported by quality literature selections.
First graders study the following topics: Plants, the earth and water, keeping fit and healthy. Science topics are supported by quality literature selections.
Field trips are an integral part of both science and social studies. These include a trip to the Botanical Gardens, Chiang Mai Night Safari, a local post office, and a neighborhood walk.
In first grade Bible is integrated with science and social studies first graders begin in Genesis with creation. We follow the fall of man and continue to learn about God’s character. As we focus on different people throughout the Bible, they see God’s character as consistent and students are challenged to apply them to their own life. We then turn to an introduction of the Gospels with the life of Jesus and finish with the fruit of the Spirit.