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1st Grade Curriculum



Students study the following units during the first grade year:

  • God’s New World (Creation through the Tower of Babel)
  • God’s Covenant With Abraham’s Family (Abraham, Isaac, and Joseph)
  • Jesus, the Son of God, Part 1 (Jesus’ birth and ministry)
  • Jesus, the Son of God, Part 2 (Jesus’ ministry, death, and resurrection)

Textbook: Biblical Choices—Standard Publishing

Language Arts


Students reinforce their manuscript handwriting skills using the Zaner Bloser model.


Phonemic awareness is reinforced as students continue to practice blending and word building. Phonics instruction includes lessons on clusters, digraphs, and blends, as well as syllable patterns. Spelling lessons reinforce what students have been learning as part of their phonics instruction.


Reading comprehension is taught using a program that is skill-focused and not book or content-focused. High quality children’s literature is used as a basis for reading instruction, and literature is carefully selected to complement the skill being taught. Thinking skills are explicitly modeled, and students learn to organize their thoughts using visual tools. Then they meet with the teacher in daily small groups for discussion and practice. Phonemic awareness and phonics instruction are included as a critical part of 1st and 2nd grade reading instruction. Some of the skills taught in the first grade include Cause and Effect, Character, Genre, Retelling, and Sequence of Events.


  • Parts of Speech—nouns, pronouns, verbs, adjectives
  • Grammar—capitalization, punctuation
  • Writing—complete sentences, journals

Textbooks: Zaner Bloser Handwriting Grade 1; Open Court Phonics; GCA-developed spelling curriculum; Foundations and Frameworks reading program; Open Court English


  • Number Sense and Operations - Ordinal position; count by 2’s, 5’s, 10’s, and 100’s; even and odd numbers; place value to hundreds
  • Computation and Estimation - Basic addition and subtraction facts; counting currency up to $20; basic fractions; word problems
  • Geometry - Basic shapes and solids; area
  • Measurement - Telling time to the hour and half-hour; measuring length and capacity
  • Probability and Statistics - Graphing
  • Patterns, Functions, and Algebra - Repeating patterns

Textbook: Saxon Math 1


The following units are taught during the first grade year:

  • Earth’s Land and Water
  • Insects
  • Living Things and Their Habitats
  • Weather

Textbook: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Science Modules

Social Studies

The following units are taught during the first grade year:

  • My America
  • My World
  • Christmas Around the World

Textbook: My America and My World—A Beka


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