First Grade

Bible

The Prince Avenue Lower School Bible curriculum is an integrated worldview and Bible survey course for Lower School students. This curriculum will help young students formulate a biblical perspective of the world so that they will reflect the Scriptures both in their thoughts and in their actions.

Text:   Christian Schools International, Walking with God and His People

Language Arts

The First Grade Language Arts curriculum is a phonics-based program that builds upon existing skills. Phonics skills, sight word, and comprehension skills are reviewed. First Grade Language Arts encompasses reading, writing, grammar, spelling, and vocabulary skills. The curriculum aims to strengthen reading comprehension, build fluent readers and writers, and develop strong grammar skills in students.

Text: BJU Press Reading, Shurley English, Handwriting Without Tears My Printing Book

Math

First Grade Math curriculum emphasizes critical thinking skills while incorporating addition and subtraction concepts and strategies, data and graphing, place value, calendar, time, money, geometry, and fractions and probability.

Text: Abeka, Arithmetic 1 & Speed Drills

Social Studies

First Grade Social Studies curriculum is American History based on a Biblical worldview. The students will be able to understand the founding of America by studying the Explorers, Pilgrims, Indians, and our Forefathers. Students will learn about different people groups that came to the New World.

Text: Pearson, My World Grade 1

Science

First Grade Science curriculum, taught from a Biblical worldview, instructs students about our Environment Through Senses, Weather, Seasons, Animals, Health and Safety, and Community Helpers.

Text:  BJU Press 

Enrichment (offered once a week)

Spanish

Lower School Spanish covers the basics of the spoken Spanish language. This includes conversational phrases as well as vocabulary such as colors, numbers, days of the week, months of the year, food, parts of the body, etc. Students will also study an introduction to the cultures of several Spanish-speaking countries around the world.

Curriculum: Risas y Sonrisas Spanish for Kids (https://spanishforkids.com) 

Physical Education

Students will develop the ability to perform a variety of basic and advanced movements through games and activities to enhance fitness levels.

Art

Lower school Art at Prince Avenue exposes students to the world of art by introducing famous works of art, art movements, and a variety of different art materials from paint to clay to paper mache. We focus on incorporating the elements of art and principles of design into our daily projects. Students enjoy experiencing art critiques and discussing art from all over the world.

Music

Elementary music at Prince Avenue is a 7-year program which lays the foundation of the fundamentals of music – proper singing, steady beat, basic rhythms, and notation – to move our students from simple songs to musicals, from classroom instruments to beginning band in order to prepare them for future musical growth and development.

Library

First Grade students are read a story each week to coordinate with holidays, seasons, books hi-lighting specific authors or First Grade units of study. Topics that are introduced include: how to use a shelf-marker, book care rules, and how to determine if a book is fiction or non-fiction, story sequences, book arrangement on shelves, and how to locate AR book levels and point value for each book.

Computer Lab

Lower School Computer Lab strives to assist students, parents, and teachers navigate our digitally rich world.  As the role of technology in schools evolves, our primary goal is to ensure all students have authentic and equitable opportunities to build 21st Century skills.  It is critical for students to develop flexibility and independent problem-solving skills regardless of the tool they are using.  Our lab will focus on keyboarding skills as well as equipping our students to become responsible digital citizens. 

Text:  Learning Without Tears, Key Power