Grades 1–2


Grades 1–2

First Grade

Children in first grade gather knowledge, acquire skills, and develop relationships with God and others. The curriculum is child-centered, with activities and lessons to help each individual develop intellectually, emotionally, and physically. The classroom is a place for children to “wonder, question, and imagine” as they embark upon the journey of learning.

Religion: Students hear the many stories of God’s love shown to people throughout the ages. During weekly chapel students gather as a community to worship and celebrate the story of salvation. 

Language arts instruction includes literature, phonics, vocabulary, grammar, comprehension skills, creative writing, and critical thinking. Children are nurtured in these important skills as they work toward the goal of becoming lifelong readers.

Math instruction provides a foundation of knowledge designed around direct instruction, the use of manipulatives, games, and problem-solving activities.

Science is an opportunity to learn more about living things, weather and seasons, and caring for the environment. Children observe, experiment, and form conclusions as they design and create products to solve problems.

Social studies instruction helps children learn about being good citizens in a community. They read stories about real people, past and present, as well as gain better understanding of places and cultures.

Classes in art, music, and physical education are additional opportunities for first graders to express themselves.

Each child has been blessed with many talents. The goal in first grade is that each child pursues learning and gains great success!

Paulette Reddel, 1st grade teacher

Second Grade

In second grade, students are avid, enthusiastic learners. They are developing a sense of responsibility and confidence in their abilities. They learn to negotiate friendships and how to support and respect each other as part of the classroom community. 

Language arts: Second graders are in a pivotal stage of learning to read and write. They analyze literary elements and practice comparing, predicting, inferring, and summarizing. They enjoy the  excitement of reading selections from many different genres and choosing their favorites. Writing is woven into daily classroom activities. The children also participate in writing workshops where they plan, draft, revise, publish, and share their writing.  

In math, second graders become increasingly aware of the patterns of mathematics. They do more story problems, learn double-digit addition and subtraction, and are introduced to multiplication. They also study time and money, fractions, measurement, and geometry.  

Discovery and hands-on learning guide our science curriculum. Second graders use intuitive reasoning, exploration, and cooperation skills in the lab activities which are integrated into each unit.  

Social studies spans many important areas including the study of community, earth and its natural resources, economic goods and services, and government and citizenship. Additionally, students study American history, and the year culminates with a study of landmarks, customs, and traditions in the United States and beyond.

The second grade learning journey is dynamic and fun, and children emerge as confident, well-rounded, faithful, and hard-working students.    

Stacy Sorg, 2nd grade teacher

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