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What to Expect in Grade 1

We work very hard, and we sing, dance, play, create, and rejoice as we grow in our love of God, others, and learning. At WCA, with its small class size and emphasis on reading, writing, and arithmetic taught by the classical method of direct instruction, recitation, and memorization, no child is left behind.

  • Morning assemblies with the whole school featuring prayer, a devotion, praise songs, birthday celebrations and announcements.
  • Chapel each Wednesday featuring singing, Bible recitation and a special message.
  • Participation in a “Family Group,” a K-8 mix of students led by an 8th grader. These groups meet almost weekly for prayer, game or devotional activity.
  • Daily bible lessons and discussions using My 1st Book of Questions and Answers by Carine Mackenzie, a children’s catechism based on the Westminster Shorter Catechism.
  • Weekly memorization of the catechism and regular prayer time.
  • Spalding’s The Writing Road to Reading program
  • Grammar: Combined Spalding and Shurley Grammar 1. Complete sentences, two-point expository paragraphs, nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, article adjectives, prepositions, objects of prepositions.
  • Literature: reading classic children’s literature for comprehension and enjoyment. Books include six selections from the “I Can Read It All by Myself” series, The Snowy Day, Little Bear, Frog and Toad, Keep the Lights Burning, Abbie, A New Coat for Anna, Oxcart Man, Five Chinese Brothers, and The Tale of Peter Rabbit. The characteristics of informative, narrative, and informative-narrative writing and the attributes of quality literature are introduced.
  • Daily math: Hands on approach utilizing manipulatives with the Saxon curriculum. Memorization of addition and subtraction facts, telling time, counting money, shapes, story problems, and measurement.
  • Calendar Time: Date, days of the week, months of the year, number recognition, counting, place value, patterns and weather
  • Social Studies: Bede’s History of US (Veritas Press) – A wide ranging but brief look at Ohio and US history.
  • Geography: Exploring Where and Why-Neighborhoods Near and Far (Nystrom) Continents, oceans, map skills
  • Science (CSI): Investigating the senses, living things, changes (in people, earth, stars, sun, moon, weather), properties of materials, and things that make sound.
  • Health: The Great Body Shop: safety, feelings and communication, nutrition, major organ systems, taking care of your body, drugs v. medicine
  • Latin, Art, Music, Physical Education:  each twice a week
  • Library: once a week
  • Daily snack from home; daily lunch and recess
  • Annual participation in Field Day, Christmas program and Spring Musical and a first grade led chapel service.
  • Field Trips and Special Projects: Local apple farm, live professional theater program, maple sugaring, Lake Farmpark, Pioneer Day celebration, creation of musical instrument, research report on an Ohio animal, books written and illustrated by the children.