Teacher - Mrs. Katherine Boucher
To teach as Christ did, through stories, examples, and modeling with patience and kindness, is a fundamental philosophy continued in the First Grade classroom.
First Grade is a year of significant growth; academically, socially and emotionally. Six and seven year olds are ready to learn! They are becoming independent thinkers and doers. Students are given the opportunity to grow at his or her pace in a secure, nurturing environment. Mistakes are seen as opportunities to learn. Individual successes are celebrated and encouraged.
Bishop Malone visiting with 1st graders!
Faith is part of each day.
Through prayers, bible stories, holidays and discussion, students learn that faith is to be lived every day, it is not just a subject.
Emphasis is placed on learning reading strategies, writing skills, and math knowledge that will provide a solid base for future learning.
Daily 5 is the structure used to teach language and literacy. Children complete meaningful literacy tasks on a daily basis. The choices are:
- Read to self
- Work on writing
- Word work
- Listen to reading
- Read to someone
Daily 5 is how I schedule our language block. CAFÉ is what we study during this time. CAFÉ is an acronym for the four major components of reading. They are:
- C for Comprehension
- A for Accuracy
- F for Fluency
- E for Expanding Vocabulary
The children learn reading strategies within each category. These strategies help the children become better readers and writers.
Children are taught how to find "good fit" books to read and practice the skills taught in class. They learn how to find these books after completing a reading assessment in the beginning of school.
The writing program is based on the six traits of writing. These are the traits we study and incorporate in writing throughout the year:
- Ideas: the central message of the piece and the details that support it
- Organization: the internal structure of the piece
- Voice: the tone of the piece – the personal stamp of the author
- Word Choice: the specific vocabulary the writer uses to convey meaning
- Sentence Fluency: the way words and sentences flow through the piece
- Conventions: the mechanical correctness of the piece
* taken from Getting Started with the Traits by Ruth Culham and Raymond Coutu
There are many opportunities for writing throughout the day. They include:
- Journal writing
- Book reports
- Story writing
- Research reports
- Letter writing to family and friends
- Addition and subtraction facts to 20
- Counting to 20 and beyond
- Beginning fractions
- Simple geometry
- Double digit addition and subtraction
- Problem solving
- Telling Time to the half hour
Other subjects include social studies, science, art, music, library, computer, physical education, and French.