First Grade

A magical year when children grow by leaps and bounds, First Grade is a time not only for trying new challenges but also for learning skills and building competence.

Language Arts

Becoming readers & writers

First Graders continue to engage in one-on-one reading instruction, but they also begin developing the listening and interpreting skills necessary to become active members of literature groups. Students continue to use the workshop model to build writing skills and craft original stories. Students are introduced to a formal spelling program in First Grade. They also practice public speaking, presenting a variety of projects to audiences that may include their classmates, students from other classes, and parents.


Building Numeracy

First Graders continue to develop their numeracy through their understanding of addition and subtraction, building their understanding of place value, and laying the foundation for word problems. Students also increase their abstract reasoning through their study of geometry and measurement.


Habits & Habitats

First Grade Science focuses on insects and animals preparing for winter, the arctic and Antarctic, the food chain, and fossils. These topics are woven into the language arts curriculum by providing content for story writing and presentations. First Graders are also introduced to reading maps and globes as a means to understand how adaptation to various habitats is influenced by geography.

Social Studies

Our Home & Beyond

In First Grade, children explore maps and globes through thematically based units and gain an understanding of these as a representation of their country and the world at large. Students begin their formal study of geography and begin to see their place in a larger society.

World Language

Merci. Gracias.

In First Grade students chose either French or Spanish for a full year of language study, 20 minutes, four times per week. The emphasis is on speaking and listening. Students build their vocabulary base through a variety of hands-on activities. Topics include: animals, numbers, colors, shapes holidays, and common phrases. Students begin their study of culture by becoming familiar with important holidays.


tech reinforcing math

First Graders are quick learners in the Tech Lab! They use both iPad and desktop devices, using programs like Kodable and Keyboarding Without Tears. In a MinecraftEdu unit, the children learn how to launch and log into desktop applications to create a three-dimensional community. Tech classes build on the First Grade math curriculum, reinforcing knowledge of skip counting and geometric shapes. 


Art Connections

First Graders work with texture, line, shapes, colors, and patterns in a variety of projects. They are introduced to water color and direct observation drawing. They develop their understanding of 3D by making penguins in conjunction with a science unit and work with older students to create props and costumes for the All-School Play.


Sing out

First Graders develop range and strength with their voices with solo and choral music. Songs and activities include rhyme, pattern, and numbers to reinforce what they are learning in the classroom. First Graders also learn Kodaly, Dalcroze, and Orff techniques through songs, movement, and various instruments. They learn about dynamics, tempo, and rhythm, building an understanding of how musical elements work together.


A place on Stage

First Graders begin to study the tools of acting: expression, gesture, and posture. They express feelings as the improvise scenes involving objects and animals. The First Grade performs The Tempest in the Lower School Shakespeare Festival. Students also engage in a variety of activities and games to cultivate their imaginations and help develop creativity. First Graders are also introduced to the role of choreography in performance.

Physical Education

Fitness & Fair Play

Teamwork and sportsmanship come first as children play games and learn skills to foster a healthy lifestyle and a sense of fair play. First Graders develop gross motor skills and confidence as they build spatial and body awareness. They learn proper techniques for throwing, catching, kicking and hitting balls, as well as balance, through completing obstacle courses and other challenges. Highlights of the program include canoeing on the ponds and skiing with classmates.

Outdoor Education

MountainS & Monuments

First Graders travel to Chapman Lake above Ruedi Reservoir in the Fryingpan River Valley. They often experience some challenging cold temperatures, an excellent opportunity to develop perseverance. Students practice their bouldering skills as a foundation for later climbing trips. In the spring, First Graders spend two nights at Colorado National Monument. They camp under the stars and are always proud when they complete a challenging hike. The trip features many other activities related to their science curriculum.

Projects & traditions

Making memories

First Graders change in so many ways over the school year. That's evidenced not only by their increasing sense of responsibility and poise, but also by the remarkable number of teeth they tend to lose in this year of growth! Highlights of the year include field trips, celebrations in the classroom and around campus, and many special projects.

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