First Grade Class 2024-2025

Monday, 12:00 to 3:30

Instructor: Heather Villareal

Class Tuition: $800 per year or 10 equal installments of $80

Supply Fee: $70 per year, due at registration

Instructor accepts: Cash, Check, PayPal, and Zelle

*NOTE: There is a minimum of 6 students required for this class to progress; maximum is 12.

Course Description: First Grade will provide a chance for students to learn in a child-friendly manner, covering such topics as language arts, math, science, and history/social studies. Students in first grade should already be able to read short-vowel words, and by the end of the year will have moved to reading more complex texts such as Dr. Seuss books & beyond. We will use Sonlight’s 1st Grade Language Arts program which includes phonics, grammar, reading, and writing.

First grade math continues number sense learning, more complex addition/subtraction, 2D & 3D shapes, measuring, money, time, and the calendar. Class time will focus on teaching these concepts using math manipulatives so that students understand the how & why of math, rather than simply memorize facts, and will use Singapore Math’s Primary Math Textbooks/Workbook 1A & 1B.

Science will cover several different topics, using hands-on experiments & demonstrations to present the concepts in a child-friendly manner. History/social studies will walk chronologically through World History, from Ancient Egypt through the era of Vikings, castles & knights, and the Norsemen invading England. We will use a mix of story time and craft time in class, with map work and a timeline to complete at home each week, to solidify understanding of the chronology of people & events that are discussed.

Class time will also include opportunities for story time, show & tell, play time/creative time, and includes lunch time for extra social interaction.

A weekly assignment schedule will be sent detailing the language arts and math work so that full content mastery can be achieved, as well as an optional “Try at Home” activity each week for science and history for those wishing to further explore the concepts learned about in class. Parents wishing to use a different math or language arts program than those requested may do so at their discretion, understanding that class time will follow the materials listed below. Students should be expected to work on assignments at home at least 3 days per week.

Required Materials:
Sonlight “I Can Read It!” Book 1, Book 2, and Book 3 –;;
Sonlight Language Arts 1 Instructor’s Guide w/Student Activity Pages –
Singapore Primary Math Textbook 1A & 1B; Workbook 1A & 1B – Standards Edition Preferred

Binder for Language Arts materials (for at home use)
Pencils, Crayons, Scissors, Glue/Glue Sticks