First Grade

First Grade Integrated Class 2020-2021

Monday, 12:30 to 3:30 (lunch/recess 11:30 to 12:30)

Instructor: Heather Villareal

Class Tuition: $700 per year or 10 equal installments of $70

Supply Fee: $70 per year, due at registration

*NOTE:  There is a minimum of 6 students required for this class to progress; maximum is 10.

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 similarly cover a wide variety of topics, including holidays, using a mix of story time and craft time. First grade history will introduce students to using/creating a simple timeline, as well, so they better understand the chronology of people & events that are discussed.

Class time will also include opportunities for story time, show & tell, play time/creative time, and students are invited to arrive early for lunch & recess for additional social interaction as desired.

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 – $9.99 each;;;

Sonlight Student Activity Sheets, Lang Arts 1, 5 day option – $14.99;
OR Language Arts 1 Instructor’s Guide w/Student Activity Pages, $47.99;

Singapore Primary Math (Standards Edition) Textbook 1A & 1B; Workbook 1A & 1B – $17.50-$17.90 each;;;;

Binder for Language Arts materials
Composition/Spiral Notebook for Science Lab Book
Pencils, Crayons, Scissors, Glue/Glue Sticks