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What to Expect in Grade 1

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, every child experiences success. We strive to grow in our love of God, others, and learning.

  • Morning assemblies with the whole school featuring prayer, a devotional, praise songs, birthday celebrations, and announcements.
  • Chapel each Wednesday featuring singing, Bible recitation, and a special message.
  • Participation in a “Family Group,” a small group led by an older student, meeting weekly for prayer, games, or devotional.
  • 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, parts of speech
  • Literature: for comprehension and enjoyment; including 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, The Tale of Peter Rabbit. 
  • Introduction of the attributes of quality literature, as well as different types of writing.
  • Daily math: hands-on approach with manipulatives with the Saxon curriculum. Memorization of addition/subtraction facts, time, 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.
  • History: Bede’s History of US (Veritas Press). Ohio and US history with emphasis on meaning and timelines.
  • Geography: Exploring Where and Why-Neighborhoods Near and Far Nystrom). Continents, oceans, map skills.
  • Science: Plants for Beginners-God’s Design for Life (Answers in Genesis). Plants, cells, flowers, seeds, roots, stems, leaves, fruits, unusual plants.
  • Special classes in music, physical education, library, art, and Latin.
  • Daily snack (from home); lunch (from home), and recess.
  • Participation in Field Day, Christmas program, Spring Musical, and a first grade led chapel service.
  • Field trips
  • Special projects.