What Has First Grade Been Doing?
Amazing First has made it through 100 days of school. It has been amazing. During our week long celebration we found 100 words using books and dictionaries. We did 4 stem building activities using 100 cookies, 100 lego, 100 cups and 100 candles. What an adventure! We also had a dress up day, the students came as if they were 100 years old. We also learned what it would be like if we went to school 100 years ago.
First grade is currently studying life cycles. This week their quail eggs hatched. They waited for eighteen days and have 17 chicks. Over the next few weeks they will observe the chicks and watch them grow. In addition to watching the quails, they are also studying butterflies and plants.
About the Teacher:
Mrs. Simon has worked with children for over 40 years. She began as a teenager in girl scouts but then went to college to receive an Early Childhood Certificate and started teaching Preschool. She continued as a Preschool teacher for 16 years. During that time, she completed her Liberal Arts Bachelor Degree at San Francisco State. She later completed her California Teaching Credential. After, she taught first grade at Holy Angels School.
One-on-One with Mrs. Simon:
What is your class’ favorite subject?
First graders love Math and Science.
What would you like parents to know about your class?
First grade is an amazing place. We are always learning through many different modalities. We love hands on activities in reading, writing and math.
What was your worst subject growing up?
Reading was my worst subject. The words and letters were always mixed up. I did not start to enjoy reading until 6th grade. It is still very difficult.
What was your favorite subject growing up?
Science, I loved doing experiments and studying different animals.
Did you always want to be a teacher, if so, why? If not, what did you want to be?
I first thought I wanted to be a nurse. I realized that was not my calling when I passed out when I saw someone bleeding. I think I have always been called to teacher. I started at the age of 15 leading a Brownie Troop (Girl Scouts) and continued from there.
What are some things people don’t know about you?
I was a synchronized swimmer in High School.
Is there anything you would like to let people know?
I love helping children learn all that they can learn.
First Grade Curriculum:
Religion: By the end of Grade, students will have an age appropriate understanding of the concepts in The Profession of Faith, The Celebration of the Christian Mystery, Life in Christ, and Christian Prayer.
History/Social Studies: Children will learn more about the world they live in and about the responsibilities to other people. They will learn why people need to work together to resolve problems. They will learn about cultural diversity and to appreciate differences. They will begin to develop a sense of economy.
Reading: Students understand the basic features of reading. They select letter patterns and know how to translate them into spoken language by using phonics, syllabication, and word parts. They apply this knowledge to achieve fluent oral and silent reading.
Writing: Students write clear and coherent sentences and paragraphs that develop a central idea. Their writing shows they consider the audience and purpose. Students progress through the stages of the writing process.
Listening and Speaking: Students listen critically and respond appropriately to oral communication. They speak in a manner that guides the listener to understand important ideas by using proper phrasing, pitch, and modulation.
Science: Students will explore and begin to understand concepts in the areas of Physical Science and Life Sciences.
Math: By the end of grade one, students understand and use the concept of ones and tens in the place value number system. Students add and subtract small numbers with ease. They measure with simple units and locate objects in space. They describe data and analyze and solve simple problems.