About First Grade

Children in our full day kindergarten begin the process of becoming lifelong learners and friends. Immersed in a print-rich environment, our youngest students are presented with an authentic purpose for literacy through expeditions. They engage in reading groups, experience literacy through songs, drama and art, and work on letter study and phonics concepts. Expedition work naturally encourages our kindergarteners to learn to work with their peers and solve conflicts peacefully.

As our kindergarteners transition into first grade, teachers continue to develop literacy skills through reading and writing workshop, songs, drama, and art. During expedition time, expectations increase as children apply their developing literacy skills to research and writing. Students begin to develop their number sense through a variety of experiences, daily practice, and finding math in the world around them.

First Grade


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Welcome to First Grade!

We have P.E. on Wednesdays and Thursdays. On P.E. days, please make sure your child brings sneakers and comfortable clothes that stretch easily (jeans are discouraged).

Please make sure to send in a set of labeled clothing for your child in a plastic bag. We keep these in the classroom in case of spills or accidents.




First Grade Classroom Expeditions

Season: Fall School Year: 2017-2018

First graders will begin the expedition by diving into a world of stories. They will hear, read, create, tell and retell stories through music, movement, pictures and words. A guest story teller will make a surprise appearance and tell an amazing story about when the earth was new, leading first graders to wonder, “Does the earth have a story?” and setting them off on their first expedition of the year. The class will go on field studies, visit with earth experts and do research to uncover the settings, characters and plot of the story of the earth. With this new information, first graders will then take on the role of storytellers and share this story with families at exhibition night. They will write a book as well as create a performance with music and dance to make the earth’s story come alive. Where there are stories, there are more stories!


First Grade
Keri Gonzalez - Teacher

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Jolene Walter - Teacher

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Sarah David - Teaching Assistant

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