Our First Grade Program
Our First Grade Program runs from 8:15 a.m. – 3:10 p.m. each day. Extended Care is available before school from 7:15 a.m. and after school until 6:00 p.m. Students may also benefit from our community programs to enhance their school experiences.
Building upon our mission of intellectual, social, emotional, physical and spiritual development, the St. Anne’s School First Grade Program continues with curricula influenced by the Project Approach in a workshop setting. Core subjects are organized into workshops where individuals practice hands-on involvement with material in an active and creative setting. With the teacher serving as the facilitator, First Grade students are guided and encouraged to become fully involved in the learning process.
The school’s social curriculum is interwoven into all activities and is designed to build a variety of skills to promote a sense of inclusion, belonging and comfort.
First Grade students will learn techniques to appropriately manage new situations and transitions; recognize their own feelings and manage them appropriately; develop active listening skills; demonstrate self-direction and independence; recognize the feelings of others and respond appropriately; participate in the group life of the class; learn ways to identify a problem and steps to resolve conflicts constructively; learn and follow classroom guidelines; respect and care for the classroom environment and materials; manage their personal clothing and belongings; and show perseverance in pursuing tasks to completion.
A typical day in First Grade begins with morning meeting. At morning meeting, the children and teachers greet one another and discuss the day’s events, which may include updates and work that needs to be completed on long-term projects. Morning meeting is typically followed by instruction in social studies, language arts, math, music, art, physical education, religion, science or Spanish. Our unique buddy classes round out the program. The day ends with a reflective closing circle where children may report or reflect upon the day’s learning.