The primary goal for first graders is the development of a solid reading and mathematics foundation for each student. Phonics and Spelling provide targeted multi-sensory instruction to first graders, enabling them to develop a solid reading foundation. Our structured literacy program offers embedded point-of-use differentiation to support every level of learner, including struggling readers. This proven framework allows our students to develop a love of reading and writing. Students apply mathematical concepts to real-life problems and master these concepts with hands-on manipulatives and daily practice recording their strategies, explanations, and solutions. In addition, students use their personal iPad to practice skills at their level.
First graders are encouraged to be respectful and responsible friends, and we continuously reinforce character traits through our Honorable Character program.
Students engage in cooperative projects and activities that promote multi-sensory learning, and they revel in their independence and growing skills. Science and social studies allow students to explore their world and the environment. First graders also attend weekly classes taught by specialist teachers, including Art, Music, Library, Technology, Spanish, Science, and Physical Education.
Discovery Days for first graders include learning about America's discovery and life in Colonial America. These units culminate with a Thanksgiving Feast in November and Colonial Village in the spring semester. Classrooms are transformed into a village from colonial times as students re-enact what it was like to live during that period in our nation's history. Colonial Village week is one of the students' favorite events during their education at Scofield. In addition, several field trips are scheduled throughout the year.